Cimarron National Works on Paper Exhibition

Woven Repairman from the “Solitary Figures” series by Mike Sweeney
10″x4″x.25″; woven paper and tengucho cutout; 2021. Courtesy of the artist.


Cimarron National Works on Paper Exhibition

at the Gardiner Gallery of Art at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater
16 August-17 September 2021

The Cimarron National Works on Paper exhibition is organized by the Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History at Oklahoma State University. Founded in 1987, the Cimarron National became a prestigious national juried exhibition. Held biennially at the Gardiner Gallery of Art from 1987 to 1995, the exhibition was a statement of the commitment to innovation in printmaking at the university and remains a testament to the rich holdings of works on paper in the gallery and university museum collection. The first exhibition was juried by the writer and former curator for the Whitney Museum of American Art, Judith Goldman. Jurors in subsequent years included Warrington Colescott, Dennis Barrie, and Beth Grabowski. After a hiatus, the Cimarron National returned in 2019 with Jodi Throckmorton, curator of contemporary art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts serving as juror.

For the 2021 iteration of the exhibition, Larissa Goldston, director and a co-owner of Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) serves as juror. Goldston worked with the selection committee to award a purchase prize of up to $2,000 for one or a number of exemplary works. Purchased work will be added to the permanent collection of the Department of Art, housed in the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art.

The Museum has a significant collection of works on paper, including a large suite of works by master printmakers Dole Reed and J. Jay McVicker. A major gift in 1985 from OSU alumnus, Bill Goldston, of prints published by Universal Limited Art Editions were a foundational collection for the university. A gift of over 700 works on paper by Leon Polk Smith, one of the founders of the hard-edge style of minimal abstraction is also housed in the museum’s collection and serves as a major research archive. The Cimarron National exhibition is an expression of the university’s commitment to innovation in printmaking and works on paper.

(text adapted from the exhibition announcement)


Gardiner Gallery of Art
Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts
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Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078 USA
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