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The Oklahoma Sculpture Society is an organization of Oklahoma Sculptors working, sharing, showing, and learning together. The Society meets the second Thursday of each month
(7 pm) at the City Arts Center located on the state fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. Annual membership dues are $35.

To contact the organization contact 

Glen Thomas.  His email address is gthomas49@pldi.net or

phone 405-488-4662 


for webpage info contact Neal Willison at naw@osuokc.edu


                      August 2017

Events:  Thursday, August 10 – Program: Johnathan Hils, Associate Professor, OU School of Visual Arts

Saturday, August 12 – Sculpt-in

Saturday, August 26 – Last day of the PAO/OSS show; pick up work

Saturday, September 9 – Tulsa OSS meets at Ziegler’s 

Friday, September 15 – Dinner at Janie Tigert’s

   Our AUGUST 10th Program

    Jonathan Hils



Jonathan W. Hils has received a number of recognitions for his work, has presented six solo exhibitions and participated in over forty group exhibitions across the country in the past decade. He’s also represented in many private and corporate collections internationally. Most recently, he's completed public art projects for the City of Norman, OK, the San Diego Port Authority, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (State of Oklahoma), the Paseo Arts Association (Paseo District) in Oklahoma City. Upcoming projects include permanent public sculptures for the City of Oklahoma City and the City of Cerritos, CA.   His work has been featured at the International Sculpture Center (ISC), and reviewed in reVIEW Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Sculpture Magazine (China), and Art Focus Oklahoma Magazine. His works are also included in the collections of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OK), the Wichita Falls Museum of Art (TX), and the Chattahoochie Valley Art Museum (GA). 

Hils’ research interests include digital fabrication (CNC), CAD, 3-D printing, and public art. Aside from teaching studio and technical based courses in these areas, he also teaches The Business of Art: Professional Practices to prepare students for real world success in their creative practice. Jonathan Hils has lectured at many universities across the country and presented artist talks at a number of art centers and galleries associated with his research and exhibitions.

Jonathan Hils maintains a sculpture studio in Norman, OK, and is represented professionally in Oklahoma, Colorado and California.

Those of you interested in the technical aspect of art, dealing with the interaction of process and materials, will find Johnathan’s talk fascinating and inspiring.  He will describe his work and how he selects the process to be used to bring his concepts to life.  

Reminder:  On Saturday August 12th a sculpt-in will be held at Contemporary Arts, OKC from 9 am to 4 pm.  The pose was e-mailed July 28; contact dmarseilles@cox.net if you need it resent.   

Dinner at Janie Tigert’s is our September OKC event; she’d like us all to bring side dishes  for brisket or desserts.  Plan on being there at 6:30 on the 15th.  More on this soon.

OSS Tulsa members are encouraged to attend the September 9 meeting to discuss and plan for the future of OSS Tulsa as well as learn of plans and activities of OSS OKC and the possibility of more interaction between both.  From Larry Waid: “Having had the opportunity to learn from other art organizations, I would like to split up and share the work needed to grow our group. Some of the positions needed could be a calling committee, a secretary/treasurer and a program chairman. There may also be other needs to address. I would like us all to participate in a recruiting program to increase our membership. Ideas are needed and welcomed.”

PAO/OSS Show:  

We ended up with 49 pieces of sculpture in this wonderful show, and nine of them received awards.  Best of Show was awarded to Burneta Venosdel’s “Rein Maker;” 2nd Place – “Race to the Top” by Glen Thomas; 3rd Place was David Nunneley’s “Sequoyah;” 4th Place went to “Heartbeat of the Prairie” by Pamela Winters.  Honorable mention ribbons were given to: “Honey Lamb and I” by Pamela Winters; “Wanasapi Tantanka Buffalo Slaughter” by Heather Kaiser; Kristen Abramson’s “Wind Chaser; Janie Tigert’s “Mbogo,” and Glen Thomas’ “The Dancer.”  See photographs of all of these below. 

 A reception for Pawhuska merchants was held on July 13th.  Presentation of awards was made July 15th during the show’s opening reception.   The exhibit and sale will remain in place through August 26. From Larry Waid: “Visitors and business community attendees are most impressed with the variety and quality of work on display. Thanks to all who have volunteered to work the show.”  A special thank-you to those who helped make this event possible will be in the next newsletter.

 Also from Larry: “Pick-up date” – Since the show ends on Saturday, August 26, at 4 pm, please plan to pick up your work after 4 that day.  If you cannot come at this time, please make arrangements with Bruce Carter (580-304-8731) to recover your work.  Jim Franklin and I will both be attending to help package/box and load.  Jim, Glen and I will be returning the works we brought for others. 

Free to a good home: Skutt 181 electric kiln.  Needs repair.  Call Mary Greear at 721-8849.

Member news:  

Kristen Abramson had two pieces juried into the Annual Kingston Art Show in Washington, and Burneta Venosdel had three sculptures accepted at the Museum of Western Art Exhibition and Sale in Kerrville, TX, September 16-October 28.  Burneta also has completed a sculpture of a ballerina for the Wah-Zah-Zhe (Osage Ballet) to benefit the Osage Ballet School in Pawhuska.   Proceeds from the sale of castings will be used to promote and support the school.  

Bureta Venosdel - Best of Show


Glen Thomas - 2nd Place

David Nunneley - 3rd Place

Pamela Winters - 4th Place

Heather Kaiser - Honorable Mention

Pamela Winters - Honorable Mention

Glen Thomas - Honorable Mention

Janie Tigert - Honorable Mention

Kirsten Abramson - Honorable Mention


On Saturday, July 22 this dedicated group of OSS members and friends met at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for their annual look at the Prix de West show and sale.

The Oklahoma Sculpture Society was established in the fall of 1979 as a non-profit corporation devoted to the education, appreciation and creation of three-dimensional art.  Oklahoma City meetings are generally held the 2nd Thursday evening of the month at the Contemporary Arts Center in the State Fairgrounds.   

Reminders:  The newsletter deadline is the 20th of each month.  Please send your news to Dru Marseilles , 1708 Sandpiper Drive , Edmond , OK 73034 (405-341-6570) - or e-mail it to dmarseilles@cox.net.  Dues are $35 each calendar year; $15 for students or those out-of-state members wanting only the newsletter; $50 for supporting members.  Please send to OSS Treasurer Neal Willison, 3612 N.W. 19th Street, Oklahoma City, OK  73107.