Bishop Kelley Art Center to be Named for Dee Anne Short

On Wednesday, September 19, at 3:15 p.m., Bishop Kelley will rename the art building, the Dee Anne Short Art Center. 3:15 p.m.

Mrs. Short taught for 40 years and retired in May, when the school was only 52 years old. One of her former students, Anna Sullivan Kallstrom ’99, was hired for the art position. Mrs. Short has taught many students who became professional artists, such as painter Eileen Bryce and mosaic artist Linda Allen. Ellen Medlock, who recently opened Medlock Designs at 101st and Memorial was one of Dee Anne Short’s students.

Mrs. Short was hired to teach English, Humanities, and Art. She began teaching art with two classes. Bishop Kelley now has two full time art teachers and a wide variety of art classes. Mrs. Short earned an at the University of Tulsa.

In addition to the many projects she worked on over the years at Bishop Kelley, Mrs. Short painted the backgrounds at the Tulsa Zoo Rainforest Exhibit. When Tulsa artists designed penguins across the city, Mrs. Short designed and painted one. She and her husband spent about eight years building their own house. Bishop Kelley is fortunate enough to have prints of many of Mrs. Short’s watercolor paintings. One year, her Advanced Placement art students collaborated on a portrait of Mrs. Short as a year-end gift.

Mrs. Short has a legacy of building the community and changing the lives of her students. Thoreau said, “To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of all the arts.” That’s a good summary of her 40 years’ of dedication to teaching at Bishop Kelley.

Updated 09-14-2012

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