California artist is April Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern

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California artist is April Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern

April 20, 2017

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s visual arts program welcomed the latest Artist-In-Residence, Kerry Cottle, on April 1. She has been creating a body of work this month for an exhibition at Graceful Arts Gallery on Friday, May 5, from 6-8 p.m. during the May First Friday Art Walk.

Cottle is working on her artwork in the Jesse Dunn Art Annex, room 323, and has been providing feedback to visual arts students. Cottle will be doing an Artist Talk at Graceful Arts from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, April 28. She will be discussing her artwork, processes and influences. This event is free and open to the public.

Cottle has spent a majority of her life in northern California and currently lives and works in Sacramento. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from California State University.

Cottle’s interest is in the art of abstraction in painting and how it relates to the notion of spiritual feeling. She believes art is a primary source of wonder in embroidery and textiles.

“I am interested in the potential of abstract, pattern-based painting because the possibilities are truly endless, and there is so much room for the creation of meaning and depth,” Cottle said.

To view pieces of Cottle’s artwork online visit

For more information on the visual arts program or how to apply for the artist-in-residence program, please contact Kyle Larson, director of the visual arts program, at (580) 327-8108 or


Kerry Cottle working on artNorthwestern’s artist-in-residence Kerry Cottle creates a piece of art to show at the Graceful Arts Center May 5 for the First Friday Artwalk, 6 to 8 p.m. in downtown Alva.