Printmaker serves as latest artist-in-residence at Northwestern

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Printmaker serves as latest artist-in-residence at Northwestern

April 28, 2016

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Visual Art program has welcomed Gloria Shows into the Ranger family as the Artist-in-Residence throughout April and May.

Shows has assisted Kyle Larson, assistant professor of art, in the classroom and held workshops on campus. She will have a culminating show at the Graceful Arts Center on Friday, May 6. She also will hold a workshop for the community of Alva Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“I have enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at Northwestern,” Shows said. “All of the students have been very welcoming, willing to learn and have always had questions.”

Gloria Shows is a printmaker born in Angeles City, Philippines. Her upbringing as a military child and spending time overseas in Japan and England has had a profound influence on her as an artist. She moved to the United States her freshman year of high school and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Through illustration, painting and printmaking, Shows explores identity and how it relates to home and a sense of belonging. She has learned about her own cultural influences by combining figures with her personal iconography.

Shows has exhibited work in numerous galleries in Oklahoma City, including Individual Artists of Oklahoma, DNA Gallery and the Nursery. This fall, Shows will begin her journey as a graduate student at the Visual Arts MFA program at Ohio State University.

“The art department here at Northwestern with Larson has been a phenomenal support system for the students and the Artist-in-Residence program,” Shows said. “In the time I have been here I have seen all of his students significantly grow in their art.”

To view Shows’ artwork visit or for more information on the Artist-in-Residence program or Northwestern’s art programs, contact Larson at (580) 327-8108 or