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Artifacts Newsletter

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Artifacts, the monthly newsletter for the College of Fine Arts containing information for students, faculty and staff on upcoming events and important dates. READ

Professor of Excellence

Jon Young

Professor Jon Young, Associate Professor of Drama, has been named the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts 2016 Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts. Professor Young joined the University of Oklahoma’s Helmerich School of Drama faculty in 2009. His primary teaching responsibilities center on scenic design, scenic painting and production. In addition to his teaching duties, Jon Young is the Area Coordinator for Design and Production and a recruitment team member for the Helmerich School of Drama.

In Professor Young’s Statement of Teaching Philosophy, he writes, “I believe the educator must establish a relationship with the student based on their individual backgrounds and plans for the future. The goal of each student is different, and it is an instructor’s responsibility to help prepare the student to achieve these goals. Once a nurturing relationship has been established and trust is no longer an issue, the learning experience can thrive.”

Sooner Artist Series

A Day in the Life of OU Dance

Brittany Bonefas dancer at OU

Brittany Bonefas is a ballet pedagogy senior from Lake Zurich, IL. WATCH VIDEO

Annie Funke, OU Alumnus

Annie Funke

OU Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts graduate, Annie Funke (BFA, ’07), has leapt from the stage at the Rupel J. Jones Fine Arts Center to Broadway and on to Los Angeles and the television industry. In April 2016, Annie was awarded the Regents' Alumni Award, to recognize her dedication and service to the University of Oklahoma.

After scoring her first professional acting job at age 16, Funke has appeared in critically acclaimed productions such as the off-Broadway hit “Punk Rock”; starred opposite Jake Gyllenhall in Roundabout Theater’s “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet”; and was cast in the CBS crime drama “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” which has been picked up for a second season. Funke credits her education in the A. Max Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre, and the completion of her BFA, as a compelling factor in her professional success. Watch Annie Funke's video at Live On

OU Arts District Events

Visual Arts

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The only institution in the state to offer a graduate degree in art history at both the master’s and doctoral level.

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Considered one of the leading programs in the nation for training in ballet and modern dance technique.

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The second oldest established school in the nation, behind Yale University.

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Oklahoma’s only comprehensive music school.

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Musical Theatre

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The only School of Musical Theatre within a public university in the country.

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