Doel Reed Center for the Arts a cultural 'outpost' for OSU in New Mexico
June 5, 2018: Learn more about Tulsans Kent and Jeanette Young and how they helped secure the Doel Reed Center for the Arts for OSU.
Chester Doel Reed:
The Early Years (1894-1924)
Doel Reed, best-known today as a southwestern painter and printmaker, spent 35 years teaching art, mentoring students, and heading the Art Department at Oklahoma A&M College.
The Reed family, including Doel, his wife Jane and daughter Martha, moved to Stillwater in 1924. Drawing classes were required for all A&M students, but Reed’s arrival brought about the foundation of the Art Department. It was a period of transition at the college. Bradford Knapp became president in the fall of 1923, providing administrative stability. Prior to Knapp’s arrival, there had been considerable turnover among college employees, and Reed arrived with a new crop of faculty in the School of Science and Literature. Reed established a strong foundation for the Art Department, expanding its programming and building an impressive legacy that continues to this day. But the road he followed to Stillwater was not an easy one.