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Rembrandt, ‘Artist’s Best Friend’ and After Party

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Rembrandt, 'Artist’s Best Friend’ and After Party

Students and faculty visited the exhibit Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London at the Arkansas Arts Center last night. We had a great time seeing all kinds of great art including the wonderful paintings on loan from London as well as getting to know each other a bit better. We also attended the lecture “The ‘Artist’s Best Friend’: The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to Today” by Dr. Edgar Peters Bowron, The Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He blew us away with his presentation skills and brought a few of us to tears with a picture of Lassie. Following these great experiences we dined at Sticky’s, which I thought was actually called The Sassy Redneck, on Clinton Ave.

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photograph by Lori Copeland

Richard Cummings Exhibit

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November 29, 2010

Guest artist Richard Cummings will be the final artist to be featured this semester in Ouachita Baptist University’s Hammons Gallery. His series, “Bits of Redemption,” will be displayed Nov. 22-Dec. 15.

“We have chosen to have Richard exhibit at this time because he is the last installment in a series of exhibits focused on either assemblage, graphic design or a combination of the two,” said Donnie Copeland, OBU assistant professor of visual arts.
“Cummings makes collecting and reusing – or as he calls it ‘redeeming’ – the subject of his works,” Copeland added. “The act of piecing together parts which have nothing in common other than their collective status as rubbish and debris is a symbolic gesture of reinvesting worth in the substance of both our and nature’s past.”
“His rhetoric is also religious in temperament,” Copeland noted. “He extends the meaning of his intended metaphor to the Christian idea of redemption.”
Cummings is a professional artist and designer and serves as associate professor of art at the College of the Ozarks. He is also the director of the College of the Ozarks’ Boger Gallery. Cummings specializes in designing for non-profits and has been featured in Christianity Today online.
Ouachita’s series of exhibits focusing on found objects and graphic design has also included work by three well-known logo designers, Rolando Murillo, Tom Nynas and Brian Owens, and most recently of artist Matthew Tullis.- By: Lori Hilburn
Visit His website at or his facebook page for his art “Bits of Redemption “.

Tape on the Walls Progression

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November 3, 2010

In this year’s tape on the walls project, one student, Adam Oakes, took a progressive look at his art work.

It went from being simple, whimsical black lines….

to swirls with an edge…

with the addition to movement and sparks flying..

More character, gesure and movement…

to the addition of various line qualities, style and a burst of movement.

As you can see, it is beneficial to look at art as a process and to monitor the progress in stages. As Adam continued through his work, he made every mark count as he changed a simply whimsical black line into a magnificent movement of art. Thanks go out to Adam for sharing his photos.

Tape On the Walls and the Winner is…………

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October 27, 2010

This years Tape On the Walls project was a huge success. Armed with only roles of black masking tape students Visual Fundamentals students transformed OBU’s walls into a wonderland. This year’s judge, Associate Professor of Art at Henderson State University, Aaron Calvert said, “I based my decision on three things creativity, craftsmanship, and use of the space. This years winner had all three really going on.”

Jeff Sharp 1st Prize


Zack Nottingham 2nd Place
Katie Hopmann 3rd

Matthew Tullis Exhibit

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October 5, 2010

Sculptor Matthew Tullis is presenting an art exhibit, “Alphabetic Reclamations,” in the Hammons Gallery at Ouachita Baptist University Oct. 4-28.

“My goal for the audience is to share my appreciation for, and devotion to, the disparate letterforms of this unusual alphabet,” Tullis said.

Tullis makes use of found materials in his artwork. His “Alternative Typestyles” are sculptural works that combine his interests in graphic design and typography with salvaged, natural and antique materials.

“Typography, the classic element of visual communication, bridges both the fine art and graphic design disciplines, and is the subject of my work,” Tullis said. “I strive to assemble typographic artifacts in an alphabetic gestalt, where the whole is more fluent than any individual piece.

“Each sculpture is informed by three factors: the natural decay of the original typographic specimen, the contextual history of the found-object letterform, and my own typographic sensibilities,” he added.

“Having Matt’s work in our gallery continues the discussions on art and design begun with ‘The Logo Show!’ and Rick Poynor’s visit,” explained Donnie Copeland, Ouachita assistant professor of visual arts, citing two other design-related events hosted on campus earlier this semester.

“When Rick Poynor was on campus a few weeks ago, he emphasized how graphic design and visual communication are connected to other art forms and can be a continuation of a movement like surrealism which has a strong presence in film, painting and architecture,” Copeland added. “In Matthew’s works, those connections are emphasized again, this time between sculpture and letterforms, assemblage and pastiche.”

Tullis, a professor of art at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, will speak to classes in Ouachita’s Department of Visual Arts in Moses-Provine room 203, on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m.

Tullis was born in Idaho and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He attended Oregon State University, where he studied graphic design. He moved to Philadelphia in 1989 and attended graduate school at Temple University. A few years later, he moved back to Eugene, Ore., and worked in a graphic design studio for about a decade before deciding to teach full time. That brought Tullis to Bowling Green, Ky., where he has been teaching at Western Kentucky University and making art since 2000.

When he is not designing or creating sculptures, he enjoys skateboarding, cutting firewood, fishing and spending time with his family.
To see more of his work visit

For more information, contact Donnie Copeland at or Matthew Tullis at
By Megan Ruggles

Tape On the Walls is Back

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Visual Fundamentals student have once again taken over the second floor of Moses Provine. Armed with only roles of black masking tape the students will tranform our halls into a wonderland. Come check out their progress during the week. Prizes are given out for the top three places. Check out last years top winners.

Sarah Henley Grand prize
Hannah Pfeiffer 2nd
Jillian Sharp 3rd place tie
Kit Curlin 3rd place tie

Rick Poyner

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When Rick Poynor spoke to classes on the 16th he shared with us about the exhibit he put together about surrealism and graphic design at the Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic. The exhibit is titled “Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design”. He spoke for more than an hour about the subject and filled out heads with all sorts of details. It was refreshing to hear someone speak about the connections between design and fine art rather than how they are so different.If you missed his presentation, it was sort of a spur of the moment sort of thing, you can read about the exhibit and see some of the same images he showed us in class at

The article is also available in the library in the current issue of Print, the magazine. For you graphic designers and any aspiring illustrators, there is also a listing on the Print website and in the magazine for a competition called “Hand Drawn”. The winner gets $500. Good luck. The website also lists other competitions.I wish I could tell you that the exhibit in the Czech Republic is available online but the website seems to be unavailable.

Dr. Mary Virgnia Orna: Discussion on Chemistry and Art

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October 1, 2010

Dr. Mary Virginia Orna, professor of chemistry at New Rochelle College in New York and editor-at-large of “Chemical Heritage” magazine, visited Ouachita Baptist University as speaker for the Nell Mondy Lecture Series on Monday, Sept. 27. She delivered her lecture titled “Five Thousand Years of Chemistry: A Look at the Secrets of Ancient and Medieval Artists” in Ouachita’s McBeth Recital Hall.

Dr. Joe Jeffers, dean of the J.D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences and friend of Orna, welcomed her as a “highly regarded educator and colleague,” to stay on campus for three days delivering lectures to various classes.

Orna said she would take her lecture “around the world” to analyze art using chemistry and specifically discussed treasures in Israel, art pigment and manufacture in the Middle Ages and examples of de-authentication.
“Chemistry is associated with everything in life,” she said. “I hope the things I have chosen to talk about have a lot of life to them and you are able to think outside of the box.
“It can teach you about the beauty in your life and what it takes to make it beautiful,” she added.
Orna encouraged all students to explore what they love and create a passion for learning.
While the lecture primarily focused on scientific aspects, “students of all majors benefited from this lecture,” Jeffers said. “Since this is a liberal arts college, students want to know how the world works, and looking at art through chemistry is part of that.”
A specialist in the field of color and archaeological chemistry, Orna has presented lectures to various college campuses discussing her work in chemistry. She noted, however, that “Ouachita is my favorite place to come because of its welcoming and warm environment and student reception.”
Orna is currently serving as president of “ChemSource, Inc.,” an effort in chemistry teacher preparation and enhancement funded by the National Science Foundation. She has been a Fulbright Fellow and was named a Fellow of ACS in 2010. She received her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Fordham University and her undergraduate degree at Chestnut Hill College. She has studied internationally in such settings as the Middle East and Italy.
“Orna has a lot of accomplishments and is a perfect example of what students should strive to be,” Jeffers commented. “She has a strong work ethic and good character and I’m honored to call her my friend.”

The Nell Mondy Lecture Series Endowment was established by the late Ouachita alumna Dr. Nell Mondy, who served as a professor of nutritional science, food science and toxicology at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. The endowment, established at Ouachita in 1991, primarily brings in lecturers focusing on chemistry, food science and nutrition to present their findings to students interested in expanding their knowledge in those areas.
For more information about the Nell Mondy lecture, contact Dr. Joe Jeffers at

The Logo Show! Through September 27

November 8, 2011 by

September 1, 2010
Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Visual Arts is hosting “The Logo Show!” in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s Hammons Gallery through Sept. 27. “The Logo Show!” features work from nationally recognized graphic designers Rolando Murillo, Tom Nynas and Brian Owens. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 2, from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery.

“‘The Logo Show!’ is a unique exhibit in the sense that this genre of work, the commercial logo, is not often put on a wall and viewed in a gallery,” said Donnie Copeland, OBU assistant professor of visual arts.

The three Texas-based designers have compiled impressive portfolios, working at some of the top design firms in the U.S. on nationally recognized branding campaigns such as the Kennedy Space Center, American Heart Association, Dallas Museums of Nature and Science, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Gander Mountain and many more. Their work has been featured in such prestigious design publications as Communication Arts, Graphis, and Print.

“There are nearly 200 six by six inch logos hanging in our gallery that display a variety of techniques and styles,” added Dr. Raouf Halaby, OBU professor of visual arts and English, “each of which is intended to appeal to and engage the viewer.”

Murillo currently serves as president and creative director of Murillo Design, Inc., in San Antonio and has been recognized with more than 170 top honors by the world’s leading design and advertising organizations. He previously worked as senior art director for The Bradford Lawton Design Group in San Antonio and as a designer at the Richards Group/RBMM in Dallas. Murillo also currently serves as an adjunct instructor in Texas State University’s communication design and brand development program and is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree there. He earned his BFA from Southwest Texas State University’s communication design program.

Nynas currently serves as creative director at David Sutherland Inc. in Dallas—a manufacturer of luxury furniture and fabrics. After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, he studied at Atlanta’s Portfolio Center and was subsequently a member of the first graduating class of the Creative Circus. Nynas began his professional career at the Richards Group/RBMM in Dallas where he later became a principal. After briefly working as a solo artist, he became design director at R&D Thinktank, an agency he had drawn the logo for years earlier.

Owens also began his professional career at the Richards Group/RBMM in Dallas, where he became a principal in 2005 and a managing principal in 2008. In 2010, he struck out on his own to establish O&H Brand Design.

For more information about “The Logo Show!,” contact Donnie Copeland at


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