Missouri State University Professor Emerita Carolyn Cárdenas displays work alongside spouse Bobby Ross for a dual exhibition at Oklahoma State University. The exhibitions, Small Worlds: Carolyn Cárdenas and Contradictions: Bobby Ross, are on view now through December 10 at Oklahoma State University Museum of Art.
Carolyn’s work in the exhibition includes intricate details and influence from Renaissance-era techniques through drawings and paintings in oil and egg tempera. Between Carolyn and Bobby, there are over 200 paintings included in the exhibition, with much of the work by both artists centering around social and political themes.
Carolyn’s career includes over 37 years of experience in higher education, including her time in Missouri State’s Department of Art + Design. While at Missouri State, Carolyn taught classes and served as Department Head for Art + Design from 2012–2016. As Department Head, she helped develop the MFA in Visual Studies degree program and the downtown facility now known as Brick City. Carolyn lives and works in Springfield and stays connected to the arts through her personal practice and by offering workshops on fifteenth-century artistic materials.
Oklahoma State Museum of Art is located at 720 S. Husband Street, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 74074. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m.–7 p.m. For more information about the museum, visit museum.okstate.edu or call 405-744-2780.
Taylor Ladd is a graduate assistant for the Department of Art + Design. She is working towards her master’s degree in writing at Missouri State University with professional interests in writing about art, culture, and food.