Claremore, Okla. – The First Annual Art on the Hill, an invitational art festival featuring work by artists from across Northeast Oklahoma, will be held April 23-24 at Rogers State University.
The event will be held outdoors “on the hill” on the campus in Claremore and will feature a variety of artwork for exhibition and sale, food and music in a festival atmosphere, said Peggy Rice, First Lady of and Festival Co-Chairperson. The event is free and open to the public. “We would like to invite the public to join us on the beautiful campus for this outdoor art festival,” Rice said. “We hope this will become an annual spring time tradition at the university.” The festival will be held from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Art by students from Claremont Elementary School, who created art depicting the Centennial, also will be on display at the event. The artwork will be displayed under tents on the campus lawn near the new Centennial Center. In the event of rain, the festival will be moved inside the Centennial Center. Gary Moeller, longtime faculty artist, is serving as Co-Chairperson of the festival. During the festival, the Centennial Mural, created by art students, will be unveiled. The mural was commissioned by the university to help celebrate its Centennial, held last year, and will be permanently installed later this year on a building on J.M. Davis Boulevard, owned by Pixley Lumber. In addition, music will be provided by the Jazz Band and other music ensembles. Food and beverages will be offered for sale by Food Services. Other components of the festival will be announced later this spring.
Peggy Rice is an enthusiast of the arts, and serves as President and of the Small Business Capital Corporation. In 1996, she was named the national Small Business Administration’s Financial Advocate of the Year by President Bill Clinton. Previously, she served as Director of Existing Business Development for the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending and Marketing Officer for First National Bank and Trust Company in Stillwater, Okla. She is active in numerous civic and non-profit organizations in northeast Oklahoma.
Gary Moeller is a well-known artist who serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Fine Arts at Rogers State University. Moeller is one of the university’s longest-serving faculty members. He also has taught art at the University of Tulsa and in Florida. His work, which focuses mainly on painting and drawing, has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad. He received an M.F.A. in painting, drawing and art history from the University of Tulsa. He is a leader on the campus, having served as North Central Association Self-Study Coordinator, which in 2004 led to the university receiving national accreditation for the maximum period of 10 years.
Artist registration information is available by calling (918) 343-7744.