Avrett received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1966 and his Master of Fine Arts in 1968 from the San Francisco Art Institute where he studied under internationally respected artist Richard Diebenkorn. Avrett accepted a position to teach painting and drawing at Oklahoma State University in 1969. From 1973-1974, he served as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Lancaster in England. In 1978, Avrett returned to Lancaster to paint for another four months. From 1987-1988, he worked on this art in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuanto, Mexico. Avrett has exhibited widely in the United States, England, Germany, Switzerland, and Mexico. His work is in museum collections in the U.S. and England as well in numerous private collections.
Sculpting since 1980, Jim has completed many private and public commissions all over the country. In addition, many limited edition pieces of varied subject matter are in private and public collections. The majority of his work his cast in bronze using the age old “Lost Wax Bronze Process.” His primary sculptural interests are in full round life size and bas- relief portrait commissions and life size human animal figures. Jim has been sculpting portraits and other subject matter in full round and bas-relief for over 20 years. These portraits appear on memorial, commemorative and dedication plaques installed on and in public and private facilities in almost every state and several foreign countries.
Jim conducts sculpture workshops for individuals and organizations including Multi-Arts Center in Stillwater, OK, the Oklahoma Sculpture Society, Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City and his studio on the square in Perry, OK. He is available for teaching and speaking. Jim has honed his talents under the guidance of many prominent figurative sculptors. He established his studio on the Downtown Square in Perry, OK, where he continues to explore his passion for sculpture. An open invitation is offered to all to come sit a spell and discuss sculpture.
Benjamin Harjo Jr.
Harjo is considered one of the nation’s leading American Indian artists, often called the “Picasso of Native American art.” He began his studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in 1974.
His work is sought out by private collectors and museums and can be viewed in public collections at the Fred E. Brown Collection at the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Red Earth Center, Gilcrease Museum, Wheelright Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian.
Harold T. Holden
Known as a cowboy artist, "H" as he is known to most folks has been capturing the West in his art for over 40 years. His work can be found in the Oklahoma State Capitol and on a U. S. Postage Stamp, but his public sculptures have kept him busy with 22 monuments completed in the last 20 years. In 2001 H. received the Governor's Art Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Sculpture Society. In 2005, he was selected as a Distinguished Alumni at Oklahoma State University and in 2012 was elected into membership in the Cowboy Artists of America organization. H was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2014 and in 2017 was the first Oklahoma Artist to be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy Museum. He is currently working on several monuments for OSU including Frank Eaton, Boone Pickens and Barry Sanders.
H lives near Kremlin with his wife Edna Mae.
Courtney Lynn Kelly
Courtney Lynn Kelly is a Stillwater resident and graduate of Oklahoma State University’s jewelry/metal program. Her favorite mediums include India ink on wood integrated with handcrafted sterling silver. Her work is meticulously detailed and often vibrantly painted. She is influenced by folk art, scripture, poetry and her travels to New Mexico and France.
I was born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma. My high school art teacher helped develop my art skills beyond the private lessons I’d had in the past. The experience of living in so many different cultures helped to expand my appreciation of different cultures and ways of living in the world. It wasn’t until after I retired from teaching psychology and sociology that I renewed my interest in creating art.
Kodesh is an artist who enjoys painting and printmaking. She is a graduate of the Oklahoma Leadership Arts Program and a recipient of the Governor’s Arts in Education Award.
After completing National Board Certification, Kodesh began instructing art for Northern Oklahoma College. She is currently an honoree of the Journal Record’s 50 Making a Difference and was listed as a 2018 candidate for Oklahoma Woman of the Year. Kodesh recently received the Tonkawa Pride Award from the Tonkawa Chamber of Commerce for community service in the arts. Kodesh is a 2019 finalist for the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching at a Regional University or Community College.
Larsen is a painter and sculptor of history. To Mike, historical accuracy is as important as his palette. He creates painting and sculptures commissioned by governments, corporations and individuals. The state of Oklahoma commissioned Mike to create a mural of five internationally prominent Oklahoma ballet dancers for the Capitol Rotunda. His love of painting Native Peoples comes from his Chickasaw ancestry. Mike is in both the Chickasaw Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Additionally, he received the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award for Special Recognition.
Gayla B. Salvati
Salvati grew up on a ranch in the heart of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma and has developed her art in graphite, bronze and oil. Gayla has been a student of animal form and behavior in her work as a veterinarian. With hands-on schooling, she developed a critical eye for anatomy and movement which gives her work stark realism yet allows for the expression of the “soul” of the animal.
“I love to try and show the viewer the way I see my subjects. Capturing that certain look or behavior that might otherwise have escaped notice and trying to express it in art. Gayla is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and has Master Pencil Artist Status with the Pencil Art Society. Her work has been exhibited in four countries, numerous galleries and she has won recognition in many well-regarded international juried exhibitions.
Sonya has been an invited artist to the "Prix de West" at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for twenty-five consecutive years. She was the inaugural recipient of the Smelser-Vallion Visiting Artist award from the OSU Doel Reed Center for the Arts in 2010 and received the award again in 2013. Sonya Terpening's paintings are in the permanent collection of: The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK; State of Oklahoma - Capital Building; The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
Jude Tolar was probably born with a pencil in her hand, but she set aside drawings and doodling for a psychology degree from OSU. Art followed her though, and led her to a long career in graphic design and illustration. Along the way, she studied art at OU, and wrote and illustrated children’s books.
In her mid-50s, Jude turned to pastel painting, working mainly from life. She is known for her trees and florals outdoors, and glass still lifes indoors. Her pastels have won five Best of Shows, plus awards in PleinAir Magazine’s Plein Air Salon and other national and international shows. Her work has twice been named in the top 100 pastels of the year by Pastel Journal.
Jude has been published in Pastel Journal, PleinAir Magazine, Plein Air Today, and Pratique des Arts Magazine (France). She has two painting in the 2018 edition of The Encyclopedia of Pastel Techniques. She has also written articles for Plein Air Today and Pastel Journal. She has shown in many exhibitions and gives pastel demos and workshops. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her work is in collections across the U.S. and abroad.
Jude recently accomplished one of her lifelong dreams by achieving Master Circle statue with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). This award honors artists whose work has been accepted or given awards in five IAPS exhibitions.
When not painting, Jude can be found gardening, hiking, reading, or mowing. She lives in Stillwater with her husband, their gardens, and a studio full of pastels.
Womack is an Emeritus Professor of Architecture at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. His drawings and paintings have won numerous awards and have appeared in various group shows and publications. His watercolors have been exhibited in solo shows in Stillwater, OK, Fayetteville, AR, and Altus, OK. In 2007, his book, “Once Upon a Highway, Route 66 in Oklahoma” (New Forums Press) was selected as a centennial publication by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission.