Online Newsletter - March 2018
Ian C. Williams learns about tourism and rhetoric
Ian C. Williams received a Doel Reed Center for the Arts scholarship and participated in the “Tourism & Taos: Rhetorical Invention” class last summer. One of the benefits of that class is a hallmark of the college experience: developing intellectual curiosity and dealing with controversial subjects such as differing views of historic figures. He wrote the following to thank everyone who made his participation in this course possible, and agreed to let us share it as a reminder of the opportunities the Reed Center creates for dozens of students each year.
Ian C. Williams says he learned a lot during his time at the Doel Reed Center for the Arts.
First of all, I would like to extend my deepest, sincerest thanks for providing the opportunity to visit Taos and learn about the local culture, critically examining tourism and tourism rhetorics, and applying this wealth of new knowledge and understanding to my own practice as a poet. I have been pursuing a master of fine arts in poetry at OSU for just over a year, and since attending the school, I have grown so much as a writer, a scholar and a human being. When I was working on my undergraduate degree, I was never able to afford a travel-based course, despite always wanting to. When I heard that OSU had strong connections and provided the opportunity to study in Taos, I was excited. Your help has made it possible for me to have this experience. From the deepest recesses of my heart, I am eternally grateful for your generosity, support and belief in education.
I attended Dr. Ron Brooks’ “Tourism & Taos: Rhetorical Invention” course. Since I was accepted into graduate school, I have developed a strong interest in composition and rhetoric, and intend to study them further in my career alongside poetry. I have found these two interests complement each other, and this course has certainly strengthened their relationship. We were asked to “look past the periphery” of tourism locations, which is a skill essential to poetry’s craft. This course definitely increased my understanding of this skill, and I think about poetry differently now.
The area’s beautiful views are another benefit of a student experience in Taos.
This idea of looking past the periphery focuses the most around monuments and museums, especially how these locations promote specific historical narratives and suppress others. One narrative that stands out surrounds the figure of Juan de Oñate, a Spanish conquistador who massacred indigenous tribes in the Taos region. As a display of his power, after the massacre, Oñate ordered all the indigenous men over the age of 25 to have a foot severed. Oñate was later banished for his war crimes. Despite these heinous crimes, there are multiple monuments honoring Oñate as a hero, warrior and adventurer. One of these statues stands outside of Taos, and another stands outside the El Paso (Texas) International Airport. I am so interested in how this man is elevated as a hero, despite being convicted of war crimes. I think it’s important to examine these narratives and counter narratives, because it forces us to identify the power struggles and stakeholders in countless social and political issues.
During the two weeks I spent in Taos, I learned so much and developed valuable relationships with mentors and peers. I want to reiterate how thankful I am for your generosity and support—I could not have gone on this trip, had these experiences and developed these skills without the scholarship I received. I will never forget any of it.
If you are interested in making a gift to support scholarships at the Doel Reed Center for the Arts, contact Deb Engle at email@example.com or (405) 385-5600.
Recent news includes another successful summer
A brief selection of recent news and upcoming highlights related to the Doel Red Center for the Arts.
The Doel Reed Center for the Arts has hosted many well-received leisure-learning courses over the summers. Now the Taos, New Mexico, facility is adding its first fall offering.
From September 28-30, it will host “Color in the Taos Landscape: Monoprint & Painting Workshop,” taught by Taos resident Suzanne Wiggin. The cost is $350, which does not include food or lodging. For more information or to enroll, visit drca.okstate.edu/content/leisurelearningseptember2017.
The Reed Center will host more of these fun-filled courses for lifelong learners from July 23-27, 2018. More details will be shared at drca.okstate.edu as soon as possible. In the meantime, contact Carol Moder (firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.612.8295) or Hollye Goddard (email@example.com or 602.465.1644) for more information.
Rachele Cromer and Bradan Mitchell held the Smith and Nancy Holt Internship.
The facility hosted a full slate of nine courses of both the academic and leisure-learning variety over the summer. A total of 33 lifelong learners studied ecology, photography and printmaking, fly fishing, food and culture, and fashion.
Meanwhile, 25 college students learned about drawing, tourism, and photography for both majors and non-majors. They were supported by 23 scholarships, totaling $28,750.
New this summer was the Smith and Nancy Holt Internship, which was held by students Bradan Mitchell and Rachele Cromer. The two inventoried and producReced a database from a collection of Doel Reed prints and works by Martha and Jane Reed, which have been in storage.
Beverly Acha, the 2017 Smelser-Vallion Visiting Artist, interacted with photography courses and Spencer Herrera, the 2017 Jim and Linda Burke Visiting Scholar, assisted with the tourism course. Moder called the summer a success.
“The feedback from all participants tells us the classes continue to provide an innovative and enjoyable immersion into the unique culture of New Mexico,” she said.
OSU professor Andy Mattern, who taught photography courses for both majors and non-majors at the Reed Center in July, is exhibiting student work from the classes at the Orange Wall Gallery in the basement of the Student Union until September 28. A reception is scheduled for September 18 from 6-7 p.m.
Acha and Herrera will both visit Stillwater in the spring to deliver public lectures. The dates, times and locations have yet to be finalized. Check drca.okstate.edu for updates.
Rebecca Brienen, head of OSU’s Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History, is asking for help locating works of art by Doel Reed. Brienen and her research assistants are especially interested in locating Reed’s drawings and paintings, which have never been catalogued. She is producing a catalogue raisonné (comprehensive, annotated list of works of art by Doel Reed) as a complement to the major retrospective exhibition, “Life and Nature: The Art of Doel Reed (1894-1985).” The show is scheduled to open at the OSU Museum of Art in spring 2021, and is also expected to appear at an additional venue in the Southwest.
The catalogue raisonné has an anticipated publication date of 2020. This book will also include a biography of Reed and essays that offer insights into the content and style of his work, from his early period in Ohio and Indiana, to his Oklahoma period, to his later years in New Mexico.
If you own a Doel Reed painting, drawing, or print, please contact Brienen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.744.6016 so that your work can be documented as part of Reed’s oeuvre. Your personal information will not be shared with anyone outside of the project, and your name will not be printed in the catalogue without your written permission.
Margaret Hammond and son, Phil, support Estelle Hammond fund
Phil Hammond spoke with Carol Moder, director of the Doel Reed Center for the Arts, about his mother’s support for the project.
Margaret Hammond shared a special bond with her mother-in-law, Estelle. When Estelle passed away, Margaret celebrated her life by creating one of the first funds to support students at OSU’s Doel Reed Center for the Arts. The Estelle Hammond Endowed Scholarship has provided 34 scholarships totaling $34,750 since 2010.
Phil Hammond – Margaret’s son and Estelle’s grandson – says that was a fitting tribute.
“Though she thought of other worthy candidates to remember, she loved the Taos project especially well, and picked the best person to honor,” said Phil, a Tulsa native. “Mother loved and admired her mother-in-law, who really was saved from hardship by Oklahoma A&M’s President Henry Bennett in 1935. The Bennetts were family friends for years but when Estelle’s husband – my grandfather – died suddenly, President Bennett stepped in to ask Estelle to work for the university.
“Bennett encouraged her to get her degree. She had three sons to rear, and President Bennett knew she could meet the challenge. She did graduate, and even went on to achieve her master’s degree from Columbia University.”
After his mother passed in early 2017, Phil Hammond directed a major gift from her estate to increase the fund’s impact. He feels the family had a “deep reserve of loyalty for OSU” for several reasons, but especially due to the Bennett family’s friendship decades ago.
Hammond believes that the president of any university sets the tone. As a retired teacher himself, he appreciates the Reed Center, and even visited Taos in the years before Doel Reed’s daughter, Martha, passed away.
“My wife and I were in Santa Fe for a friend’s opera production, so we included Taos and Martha in our visit,” Hammond said. “We were treated to a tour of her father’s studio, and a private room at the local restaurant for our luncheon. Martha was a celebrity and artist in her own right. We found her charming.”
Phil Hammond’s family is full of individuals who supported OSU specifically and higher education generally. His father, Joe, served on the OSU Foundation’s Board of Governors. He remembers his mother talking about how much she respected Estelle’s commitment to the higher education of women.
Said Hammond, “My grandmother belonged to the American Association of University Women, and was very proud of her commitment to the university and that organization. She was a formal and professional woman, and yet gentle by nature. The Estelle Hammond fund affirms her belief in education for all, especially women. She was a fortunate woman of her generation to have achieved her advanced degrees.”
Facility will allow landscape to inspire art and discussion
The “ghost studio” will be southwest of the Reed Studio.
The Doel Reed Center for the Arts enjoys spectacular and distant panoramic views of the valley below and the mountains beyond. As the property is utilized by more and more classes, a new teaching and event space has developed as a high priority need. The addition of a covered outdoor patio would allow students to create their art outdoors or engage in lively conversations about a range of topics from literature to the landscape. Anyone familiar with the direct New Mexico sunshine and the late afternoon showers understands the need for a covered outdoor space designed to extend the use of the studio for artists and create an outdoor classroom for students immersed in the spectacular landscape.
The leadership of the Doel Reed Center has adopted this project and is working to secure the funding needed to complete the construction by May 2018 so that summer classes might utilize the new space.
“We are going with a ‘ghost studio’ concept, so it’s the same size as the Reed Studio and the columns are located to reflect the locations of windows and doors,” said Nigel Jones, OSU’s university architect. “This will be perfect for outdoor classes, workshops and others gatherings that need more space than the studio can provide. It will also offer protection from the sun and rain for all sorts of classes – fly fishing, sketching, painting, fabric dying and papermaking, to name just a few examples.”
If you are interested in supporting this project, including potentially naming the patio, please contact Deb Engle at email@example.com or (405) 385-5600.