In January 2012, Sonya
donated a major oil painting to the Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma
State University. Sonya is an alumnus from OSU and wanted to give
back to the University and to Oklahoma. The title of the painting is
“Just One More Chapter” and depicts a cowboy taking a break from
work to read.
Study for “Just One More Chapter”
January 26, 2012, the Dean of Libraries, Sheila Johnson, and her
executive staff hosted a reception at the library to unveil the
painting in its new permanent location in the Mark and Lisa Snell
Gallery just inside the iconic south entrance to the library.
Mark and Lisa Snell Gallery, OSU Library
The painting was
unveiled by Sonya and OSU President, Burns Hargis. President Hargis
spoke about Sonya and her donation saying, “She’s a wonderful artist
as well as a wonderful person.”
Sonya and OSU
President, Burns Hargis,
unveil “Just One More Chapter.”
Also presenting at the
event was Chuck Schroeder, Executive Director of the National Cowboy
and Western Heritage Museum, in Oklahoma City. Mr. Schroeder
recognized Sonya’s 17 years as an invited artist to the Prix de West
and noted that she was a favorite of both collectors and the museum
staff and volunteers.
Chuck Schroeder, Exec.
Dir. National Cowboy
and Western Heritage Museum
Dr. Chris Ramsay, Head
of the OSU Art Department, spoke eloquently of Sonya’s story-telling
and use of light in her paintings. He said she had come full circle
from being a student at OSU to teaching each viewer to see the world
in color and light.
Dr. Chris Ramsay, Head of OSU Art Department
Display cases in the
gallery were filled with prints of Sonya’s past work to introduce
her paintings to viewers meeting her for the first time.
Accompanying each print was an artifact or antique depicting an
aspect of that painting. Most of the artifacts were loaned for the
reception by library staff and the entire display was designed and
installed by library executives Debbie Clemons and David Thompson.
One of the sections was dedicated to Sonya’s artist-in-residence
experience at OSU’s Doel Reed Center for the Arts, in Taos, NM in
As an added experience
for the viewers of the display, many of the painting title cards had
QR codes. The codes linked viewers with smart phones to an audio
segment of Sonya speaking about that image or something related to
the image. The recordings are segments from an interview conducted
with Sonya for OSU’s Oral History Research Program and were edited
and linked by Dr. Mary Larson, Head of that program.