Happy Spring Break, OSU Art Collection Blog readers!
For OSU students and faculty, Spring Break means many different things: this time last year, for example, I was in England with a wonderful group of students having the study abroad experience of our lives. This year I’m staying stateside—but I’m excited about using the week to continue my research on one of my favorite OSU artists, J. Jay McVicker (1911-2004).
We’ve blogged about McVicker before, in one way and another. My own research into the former faculty member’s work began when I met Tulsa collector Kelly Knowlton, whose extensive collection of prints, paintings and sculpture by McVicker was immediately intriguing. We’ve been working together on and off for a couple of years, with the hope of organizing an exhibition of McVicker’s work. Recently, I enlisted the help of a student research assistant, Mollie Delp, to help digitize an archive of McVicker’s sketches and papers, and I’ve been drafting a book about his career.
Many people knew McVicker, and so in addition to the archival materials I’ve been working with, I’m also collecting, with Mollie’s help, interviews with McVicker’s friends, fans, and colleagues. My goal is to round out the academic picture I’ve been able to put together with some more personal insights into McVicker’s life, art practice, and philosophy. This spring break, I hope to continue some of these conversations, and, as always, to discover new directions for my research.
Whatever you are doing this week, I hope that you are getting a break from your routine—and that you have the opportunity to engage with some art!
Did you know McVicker, or do you have information to share? I’d love to hear from you!