DURANT — Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the Minnie M. Baker Art Show and Dessert Reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, January 27, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
The event is “Come and Stay as You Please” and will be held in the Centre Gallery at the VPAC, 1614 N. 1st Avenue.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Baker was a renowned artist and educator whose contributions to the Durant community, the state of Oklahoma and the field of American Art are immeasurable.
She was born in Ardmore, earned her bachelor’s degree from Southeastern and her master’s degree from Iowa State University. She continued graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma and attended several prestigious schools.
Her teaching career included public schools in Oklahoma and Washington, D.C., along with 21 years at Southeastern, where she served as chair of the Art Department and was named Associate Professor of Art Emeritus.
Her art work included portraits of Southeastern president Kate Galt Zanies, recognized as the first female president of a public college or university in the nation.
Baker’s work is represented in numerous permanent collections, including Southeastern and Durant’s Three Valley Museum.
Upon her death in 1983, Baker left a lasting legacy of artistic excellence through her art and the art of her students.
Southeastern has chosen to honor her memory and her art with the Minnie M. Baker Art Show.