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November 11, 2013

OU Professor V’Lou Oliveira receives prestigious award

NORMAN — V’Lou Oliveira, University of Oklahoma professor of art and art history, has been named the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts’ 2013 Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts at OU.

The award has been presented annually since 1995 to recognize exemplary leadership in the arts and arts education. Oliveira will be honored during an awards luncheon Dec. 6.

“We are thrilled for V’Lou to receive this prestigious award. We recognize her as a master teacher and accomplished artist and esteemed faculty member with a national reputation for excellence,” OU College of Fine Arts Dean Rich Taylor said.

Oliveira joined the OU faculty in 1977, where she was tasked with moving the ceramics program in a new direction — to a more sculptural aesthetic.

Under her leadership, the school’s ceramics program has produced undergraduate students who have gone on to attend graduate programs in ceramics, while many of its master’s students are now serving on the art faculties at major universities across the country.

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