Doel Reed, who directed OSU’s Department of Art from 1924 until 1959, is recognized as the master of the aquatint. This printmaking technique involves etching a metal plate and progressively refining the tones with acid baths.
His works hang in museums across the globe, including the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ La Biblioteque Nationale and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. He exhibited in approximately 350 juried shows and won more than 100 national and international awards and prizes.
He was proudest of his membership in the National Academy of Design, the most influential organization in the history of American art. He was elected an associate member in 1942, and in 1952 he became the first Oklahoman to gain full academician status.
OSU honors his legacy through the Doel Reed Center for the Arts on the picturesque Reed family property in Taos, N.M. This multidisciplinary creative arts center serves as an inspiring setting for teaching, research and outreach related to the Southwest for OSU students, faculty, alumni and friends as well as lifelong learners in north central New Mexico.
This exhibition features pieces owned by the Doel Reed Center as well as those loaned from the private collections of supporters.