The Norman Transcript


March 27, 2014

Biennial symposium set for Friday

NORMAN — “Depression-Era Regionalism in Western American Art, Photography, and Film,” the eighth biennial symposium of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma, will be Friday in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., in the OU Arts District.

Beginning at 9 a.m., this daylong event is free and open to the public, with a nominal charge for an optional luncheon. Noted museum directors and art historians will offer a multi-faceted discussion of Western American Regionalism during the era of the Great Depression.

Symposium speakers include:

· Francine Carraro, Ph.D., museum director at Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, “Jerry Bywaters: An American Regional Artist.”

· Michael Duchemin, Ph.D., executive director at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Mont., “New Deal Cowboy: Gene Autry and Public Diplomacy.”

· James R. Swensen, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history and the history of photography at Brigham Young University, Provo Utah, “America to Americans: FSA Photography and the Erasure of the American Region”

· Jason Weems, Ph.D., assistant professor at the History of Art Department, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences of the University of California, Riverside, “Jeffersonian Urbanism: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Aerial and Regional Visions.”

A luncheon will be offered between sessions for registered participants. Cost is $20 per person or $10 per registered student participant. Vegetarian and vegan options may be ordered in advance.

Seating is limited, and reservations may be made with the Russell Center at 325-5939. 

For more information, visit For accommodations on the basis of disability, call 325-5939.

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