My Bus

My name is Denny Schmickle. I am an artist, designer, and educator. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art & Design from The College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, and MFA in Graphic Design from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I like to think about how decoration, ornamentation, and pattern intersect with concepts of culture, identity, and anxiety. My hand-printed silkscreen concert posters for local and internationally touring bands have been featured in a number of exhibitions and publications. I work with a handful of clients, designing book covers, identities, band merchandise, animated album covers, and more.

In 2014, I represented the state of Oklahoma in the Four by Four 2014: Midwest Invitationalat the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri. One artist was selected from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. I installed hand-printed wallpapers, as well as furniture with custom upholstery, featuring patterns designed to subvert common understanding of ornamental design. The bus you see above is an unexpected outcome from that body of work. Tulsa Transit partnered with a local advertising agency to sponsor a bus covered with art for 2015 in an initiative called Art In Transit Tulsa. My submission, “Visual Overload,” was chosen and rolled around Tulsa for a year, in one case rescuing a group of kids from a gas leak.

In 2015 I joined Lindenwood University as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, where I teach Typography, Imaging & Illustration, and Capstone amongst other courses. As the pandemic changed how we think about and deliver course material, I had already started developing purely online asynchronous course delivery. This lead me to design and develop eight of our studio courses as available fully-online and asynchronous, hybrid online and on-campus, and of course fully on-campus. Finding the opportunities in online delivery wasn’t easy at first, but as things evolved, it was nice to be able to connect with students whom we might not have otherwise. I started by writing and writing and writing. I tried to imagine all the things I would say to introduce a course or a project in the classroom, and wrote it down. Then I recorded hours and hours of footage of me introducing course content and demonstrating how to perform the various objectives required in the project. I’m still not quite comfortable seeing myself on camera, or hearing my recorded voice. But it gets easier with practice!

Group Exhibitions

  • August 2017
    8th International Printmaking Biennial Douro 2016
    Duoro, Portugal
  • August 2017
    Fast Times At Ridgemont High
    Tusla, OK
  • March 2017
    Show Us What You Got
    Atlanta, GA
  • October 2016
    National Screenprint Biennial
    Troy, NY
  • October 2016
    West Texas A&M University
    Canyon, TX
  • November 2014
    Selected to represent Oklahoma in the Four by Four Invitational Art Exhibition Springfield Museum of Art
    Springfield, MO
  • November 2013
    2nd Biennale Internazionale
    Borgo di Montone Montone, Italy
  • January 2013: PROCESSED
    Hand-printed silkscreen wallpaper installation
    Living Arts of Tulsa – Tulsa, OK

Solo Exhibitions

  • May 2017: Here’s Lookin’ At You
    Hand-printed wallpaper installation.
    Charles Adams Studio Project – Lubbock, TX
  • November 2008: Installation/poster exhibition.
    Dwelling Spaces – Tulsa, OK
  • April 2007: Beta Shampoo
    Installation, Print, and Poster exhibition
    Boger Gallery at College of the Ozarks – Point Lookout, Missouri
  • April 2006: MFA Thesis Exhibition
    Installation and other work, which represented culmination of research and experimentation
    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • August 2005: Lens Flare
    Light-projected installation, monoprint screen-prints and poster show
    Tugboat Gallery – Lincoln, NE
  • January 2005: ZXZ/ADV
    Series of monoprint screen-prints with installation
    Baciami – Lincoln, NE
  • June 2004: Zigzag In A Work Corridor
    Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – Kansas City, MO

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