(Norman, Okla) March 30, 2011—“The campus at Oklahoma Panhandle State University is an absolute jewel,” says Carol Beesley, professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at the University of Oklahoma.


Beesley will conduct two hands on workshops at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) April 12-13.  The workshops are in conjunction with the 12th Annual Panhandle Area Art Jubilee.


Her workshop on Tuesday, April 12, is for the art students at OPSU and any members of the community who wish to attend her workshops. On Wednesday, April 13, the Jubilee draws high school art teachers and their students, introducing potential art majors to OPSU’s fantastic art program.


“I was amazed and delighted with the interaction between faculty and students and honored to be asked to participate in this celebration of the arts.  Bryon Test, the department chair, invited me to be a guest artist,” says Beesley.


She had been in contact Debbie Colson director and curator of No Man’s Land Historical Museum in Goodwell, Okla. where she will have an exhibition of paintings in November.  This will be her third exhibition of work depicting the scenic diversity of different regions of Oklahoma.  All these shows are the result of extensive research of the particular area based on recommendations of the new friends she has made there.


"One of my paintings of the bleached winter prairie and the endless space of the Panhandle will be my gift to the community. Dates are pending for other exhibitions in Ardmore and Lawton.   It’s a grand scheme, which will keep me busy for a long time.  Truly a joyous labor of love,” says Beesley.


Beesley received her Master of Fine Art from UCLA in painting and ceramics and her MA in Art and her BA in English from the University of Dallas. She taught painting, ceramics, drawing and classes in the Humanities during her twenty-four years at OU. Carol is well known for her colorful landscape paintings of the American West. In November 2009 her quartet of paintings, “The Four Seasons of Quartz Mountain” were installed at the Schusterman Learning Center at OU Tulsa. Her painting show in August 2010 at the JRB Art at the Elms in Oklahoma City focused on Quartz Mountain, long a mecca for all Oklahoma artists. “Second Nature,” the newest exhibition, opens May 13 at Mainsite Contemporary Gallery in Norman and also features artists Alan Atkinson and Debbie Kaspari.


For additional information on the 12th Annual Panhandle Area Art Jubilee at the Oklahoma Panhandle State University, please visit http://www.opsu.edu/Organizations/Images_Art_Club/Jubilee/.