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Art Faculty among Panelists at Oklahoma Arts Conference

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 11/21/2017

Goodwell, Okla. — Oklahoma Panhandle State University Art faculty members, Brent Shoulders and Bryon Test, were among featured panelists during a discussion on fundraising for the arts at the recent Oklahoma Arts Conference.

The 2017 Oklahoma Arts Conference was held October 24-26 in Enid, Okla. This year’s theme was “True North” and Enid the mystique of the western Oklahoma landscape in Enid was the ideal host for exploring this year’s theme. Participants were encouraged to discover how to align their goals with the direction of the arts industry as it seeks to meet important needs in Oklahoma and across society in the 21st century.

Shoulders and Test were part of an interactive discussion called “The Life of the Party” and addressed how fundraising events can be the catalyst for attracting new support and leadership to an organization. The session covered the main things to consider before launching a new fundraising event or evaluating an existing one such as attention to detail, budgeting, marketing, and volunteer recruitment. Shoulders and Test were able to offer a rural Oklahoma perspective.

Shoulders commented, “We greatly enjoyed it. It was an awesome opportunity to speak to art leaders from around the state.”

An Associate Professor of Art at Panhandle State, Shoulders is originally from Sunray, Texas. He earned degrees in geology, health and physical education, and humanities-art from Panhandle State. He attended West Texas A&M University where he received a Master in Fine Arts in Ceramics and Master of Fine Arts in Painting. Shoulders has taught in higher education for over 17 years, and in the last 14 years he has been the recipient of several honors and awards at regional art exhibitions. He has worked with colleagues to build the Art Department and grow a culture around art since his time as an undergraduate student. Shoulders is a 2015 graduate of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Leadership Arts program, and he remains involved in many community organization in the Oklahoma panhandle. He currently serves on the board for Artist incubation, INC. and the Guymon Area Arts and Humanities Council.

Bryon Test currently serves as the Head of the Panhandle State Art Department. He was born and raised in Guymon, Okla. Test earned a Bachelor of Arts From Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Arts from West Texas A&M University. As a professional artist, his paintings have been featured in several national festivals and exhibitions. He is one of the founding members of the Artist Incubation, Inc. space, All Fired Up in Guymon, Okla., and the MacCreeds Gallery in Bennette Springs, Mo.Test received the Arts in Education Award at the 2005 Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Awards. Test is also the founder of the Paul Farrell Memorial Art Auction, which has raised more than $200,000 in scholarships for Panhandle State students.