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OPSU Success Story: Alex and Mandy Gregory

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 02/04/2016 Alex and Mandy Gregory- Courtesy photo Alex and Mandy Gregory- Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — It all started at Oklahoma Panhandle State University for Alex Gregory and Mandy (then Kidwell) Gregory. The couple graduated from OPSU in May of 2003, each earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and for each one of them meeting one another was the first thing that came to mind when asked about how OPSU impacted their future.

Mandy said, “It paved the way for everything in the future for both of us. It was a good foundation and helped us be successful.”

A local girl, Mandy grew up in Guymon, Okla. and OPSU was a natural next step for her following high school graduation. Not only was it close to home allowing her to live with family, but it also brought along with it scholarship opportunities to help offset the costs that come along with college. Apparently it was just the right fit for Mandy as she graduated with honors (magna cum laude) earning her art degree along with an option in Computer Graphics and a minor in Computer Information Systems.

“Looking back it gave me a solid foundation, and having the Art Department as an extended family improved the college experience. The instructors were always available. That was the most helpful. I got to spend time a lot of time with many fellow students who soon became my closest friends. The environment was comfortable and enjoyable. I always looked forward to being in class.”

“The teachers really showed you how to market yourself and put yourself out there to try and make a living as an artist,” she continued.

Throughout her time at OPSU, Mandy was active in the Images Art club. She also worked for Art instructors, David Elder and J. Bryon Test.

Upon graduation from OPSU, Mandy continued her education at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas where she earned a master’s degree in 2005 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2006. She also earned her teaching certificate in 2010.

A stay-at-home mom now, Mandy enjoys incorporating art into her life as much as possible. Her free time is spent painting or working in clay as time allows. She also helps Alex with their gallery, “The Object Gallery”, in Amarillo, Texas.

Alex is currently employed as the Curator of Art at the Amarillo Museum of Art. He is responsible for the Exhibition schedule and the Permanent Collection which involves working with the other museum staff and committees of the Board of Trustees to plan the schedule and make recommendations to purchase or accept artworks into the permanent collection. Additionally, he teaches a weekly pottery class at the Amarillo Art Institute and maintains a gallery space at Sunset Art Center.

Born in Muleshoe, Texas, Alex graduated from high school in Alva, Okla. and an art scholarship brought him to OPSU.

Alex commented on his time at OPSU saying, “Academically, the environment at OPSU enabled a sense of freedom and allowed for experimentation with materials that I have come to really appreciate. I was able to work at any and all times of the day and had the support of the faculty, a strong group of likeminded students in the Art Club, and the community at large.”

Alex was also an active member of Images Art Club during his time at OPSU.

Like Mandy, Alex attended West Texas A&M after graduating from OPSU and earned a master’s degree in 2005 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2006.

Alex commented on his recent accomplishments and honors, “I have been honored to meet and get to know some fascinating people and work with some very creative artists. I would never have thought that I would be able to spend a week firing a kiln with a legendary ceramic artist, have dinner with scholars, directors, and curators of major museums, and get a close look at artworks that I had previously only seen in text books.”

Among his most recent honors, Alex has been announced as a juror for the Hunting Art Prize, which is sponsored by the international oil services company Hunting PLC. It is a prestigious annual competition open to Texas artists who are 18 years of age or older. Its $50,000 award is historically the most generous annual award in North America for painting and drawing, and has helped to build the reputations, raise the profiles, and support the careers of distinguished artists.

Alex and Mandy have three beautiful and creative daughters whom Alex said, “add a dimension to life that I didn’t know could exist.”