Scholar development among recent highlights in Taos

Friends of the Doel Reed Center launched

A brief selection of recent news and highlights from the Doel Reed Center for the Arts.

Friends of the Doel Reed Center launched Last summer, we launched Friends of the Doel Reed Center, an annual giving program to support scholarships and funding for both programs and the historic property. We invite you to partner with us to maintain Martha Reed’s vision of creating an education center that includes many academic disciplines.

Gifts to the Program Fund support classes for OSU students and lifelong learners as well as outreach programming. The Property Fund provides perpetual support for the impressive indoor and outdoor spaces at the Center, which are used by faculty, visiting scholars and students each year. Scholarships offer students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience this living laboratory, immersing them in a unique culture and landscape.

The Doel Reed Center for the Arts is celebrating 10 years of success thanks to strong leadership and generous donors, such as the Friends of the Doel Reed Center. Thanks in large part to their support, we expect the next decade to bring even greater success.

You can help OSU continue to attract visiting artists and scholars to produce original works, teach seminars and collaborate with creative minds of any age or academic discipline. By investing in the Center, you assist in developing innovative educational opportunities available to all, and significantly advancing OSU.

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Fundraising for outdoor plaza underway The leadership of the Doel Reed Center for the Arts is raising $100,000 to add an outdoor plaza on the northwest side of Doel Reed’s studio. It will complement Casa Cooper’s covered portal, which is used extensively for classes. This plaza will be ideal for classes, events and work by visiting artists. Its importance was abundantly clear last July, which is the rainy season. The weather caused havoc for Megan Singleton, the Smelser-Vallion Visiting Artist, who was trying to work with paper outside.

“She would set up tables and then have to move back inside,” said Carol Moder, director of the Doel Reed Center for the Arts. “This will really improve our ability to use the property in many ways. It will allow us to enjoy the air and the view without having to worry about the rain or the sun.”

This is a donor naming opportunity. The funding will cover construction, landscaping and furnishings. It will also add a potential sight for a sculpture.

If you are interested in supporting this project, contact Deb Engle at or (405) 385-5600.

Developing scholars visit property For the fourth year in a row, the Doel Reed Center for the Arts was the site of the Scholar Development Writers’ Workshop for students applying for prestigious national scholarships. On January 10-12, nine of OSU’s best young scholars wrote, critiqued and revised application materials under the guidance of Jessica Roark, director of the Office of Scholar Development, and Keith Garbutt, dean of the Honors College.

“The Doel Reed Center for the Arts offers students an ideal location for the deep reflection and careful articulation demanded by the competitive scholarship application process,” Roark said. “The workshop allows top OSU students to share their work with their peers in a supportive and collaborative environment and includes time to explore the unique culture of Taos.”