Skip Navigation
Oklahoma State University

"Metal Works" Examines Use of Metal in Visual Arts, Highlights OSU Museum of Art Permanent Collection

(STILLWATER, Okla., Jan. 25, 2018) — Essential to human progress, the discovery and mastery of metal has long influenced diverse practices in art. On view from Jan. 30 to June 9, Metal Works will examine the pervasive and varied use of metal in the visual arts.

Drawn exclusively from the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art collection, the eclectic selection of artwork illustrates the versatility of metal, demonstrating that even as new materials multiply, metals in art are here to stay.

The exhibition features a range of objects, including Diné (Navajo) jewelry; an Eames Storage Unit; African iron sculpture; a Qing Dynasty Chinese robe embroidered with metallic thread; and 19th century photographs. More unexpected examples include Fragments: Peru/Brown by Harriet Johns, who transferred the medium of vitreous or porcelain-coated metal from jewelry and appliances to large-scale, two dimensional wall works that join the family of painting. Ever pushing the limits of art, Robert Rauschenberg screen printed his trademark layers of photographic images onto polished stainless steel sheets in the 1960s resulting in works that facilitated Rauschenberg’s interest in working at a mural scale.

Metal Works exhibition is organized by the OSU Museum of Art and curated by Arlette Klaric, Associate Chief Curator and Curator of Collections, and Cassidy Petrazzi, Graduate Research Assistant.


About the OSU Museum of Art
For more information about the OSU Museum of Art, visit or call 405-744-2780.   All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The museum is located at 720 S. Husband Street in downtown Stillwater. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all.  As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. As America’s Healthiest Campus, OSU is committed to the health and well-being of its students, employees and the community. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated around 255,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.​