Memorial Day

J. Jay McVicker, "Camp Peary, Virginia — A Sunday Afternoon," 1944. Watercolor on paper, collection of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, gift of Kelly Knowlton.

J. Jay McVicker (American, 1911-2004), “Camp Peary, Virginia — A Sunday Afternoon,” 1944. Watercolor on paper, collection of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, gift of Kelly Knowlton.

J. Jay McVicker was the head of the Art Department at Oklahoma State University for over fifteen years after Doel Reed retired in 1959. McVicker came to OSU as a student, and his connection to Stillwater was interrupted only by his service in the Navy During World War II. While in training, he made several watercolors illustrating military life. In A Sunday Afternoon and the others, McVicker signed with not only his name but also his rank: “J. Jay McVicker, C.S.F. – U.S.N.R.”

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Louise Siddons is Associate Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University and founding curator of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. She maintains this blog as a record of her students' work with the Museum's permanent collection as well as more generally with topics related to museum studies.
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