Gallery to Feature St. Gregory’s University Art Faculty
Seven members of the art faculty of St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee will display their prints, paintings and photographs in the Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, Norman, from May 2 through June 29. A reception for the artists will be held on May 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in conjunction with Norman’s 2nd Friday Circuit of Art. Guitarist Nathan Harwell will provide live music.
Faculty members exhibiting are Sheryl Cozad, M.F.A.; Christopher Cunningham, M.F.A. & Rodica Focseneanu Cunningham, M.F.A.; Brother George Hubl O.S.B.; Carey Hughes, M.F.A.; Madeline M. Rugh, PH.D., A.T.R.; and Tim Sullivan, M.F.A.
Sheryl Cozad is a visual artist, art and art history assistant professor at St. Gregory’s University, as well as an Oklahoma State Artist-in-Residence. Cozad teaches college courses including drawing, painting, design, art history, and humanities. Her artwork consists of drawings, paintings, murals and wood sculpture in a variety of media including oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastels and mixed media. Portraits and narrative human figurative pieces are her main subjects.
Christopher Cunningham and Rodica Focseneanu Cunningham met and married during their graduate school education at the University of New Mexico, where they taught classes in Shop Foundations to both undergraduates and other graduate students. Each holds an MFA in sculpture. In recent years, Christopher and Rodica have worked together as professional artists and iconographers. Their work has become much smaller in scale. Christopher utilizes carving and wood-burning in the creation of the frames for their icons. Over the past few years, they have taught workshops at St. Gregory’s about Romanian reversed glass iconography, an old technique learned from Rodica’s great aunt in Romania.
Brother George Hubl is an accomplished photographer and serves as photographer for St. Gregory's University and webmaster for St. Gregory's Abbey. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of Oklahoma and has been instrumental in bringing their annual summer workshop to the campus of St. Gregory's for the last six years. He assists with the university photography classes.
St. Gregory’s University photography instructor Carey Hughes obtained a bachelor of fine arts degree with an emphasis in photography/film at the University of Oklahoma. She later was accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned a master of fine arts in photography. Hughes’ work has been published in the Oklahoma Today and selected for several group exhibitions. Her photos display Arabian horses. “I am entranced by the beauty, power, and vitality of the horse.” says Hughes.
Madeline Rugh holds a Ph.D. in adult and community education, an MA in Art Education and a BFA in Painting. Currently Dr. Rugh is a research advisor for Pratt Art Institute's Creative Art Therapy program in New York City and an affiliate faculty member for St. Gregory’s University in Fine Arts. She continues to create her own paintings and work in a number of mixed media methods, from traditional collage and digital photography to “woven paintings”, “eco-portraits” and “ritual implements”.
Tim Sullivan holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in both printmaking and ceramics from the University of Dallas, has been a master printer for numerous artists, and worked as a teaching assistant with the late printmaker Dan Kiacz. Sullivan taught at North Lake College in Irving, Texas, for several years which led to his being invited to teach courses in Rome. Sullivan has presented printmaking workshops at several Oklahoma colleges and universities, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.
Gallery and office hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. Phone 405-307-9320 for further information. Gallery exhibitions in the Performing Arts Studio Depot Gallery are made possible in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.