Curriculum Vitae

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Dennis Schmickle
Assistant Professor

I want to inspire students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way. I want to connect students to the world of art and design, and help them to understand the visual culture in which we live. I want to interpret and respond to that culture in my own creative work.

Fall 2003 – Spring 2006
Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska

Spring 2001
Semester abroad studying Communications and Design at InHolland
Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Fall 1997 – Spring 2002
Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, Missouri

Professional and Teaching Experience

August 2006 – Present
Rogers State University: Associate Professor  (Department Head as of Fall 2013)

Teaching in support of the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree; facilitating the growth of artists and designers.

As Department Head, I serve a dual role as faculty and administration for Fine Arts. Primary duties include: instructional program management, personnel management, financial and facilities management, department and program development, and academic leadership. I am responsible for coordination of finding and hiring adjunct instructors, creating of academic schedules, and departmental budgets for Fine Arts, Native American Studies, and Music.

Classes include:

Art Appreciation
Art History
Art Marketing
Graphic Design History Graphic Design I
Graphic Design II
Graphic Design III
Graphic Design Practicum
Package Design
Printmaking I
Printmaking II
Study Abroad
Web Design

Other activities: Design for the Department of Fine Arts and Theatre Presentations, Committee work (Assessment, Curriculum, Faculty Senate, and Academic Council), Curriculum Development, 2011Fine Arts Program Review, coordinating exhibition schedule for department gallery, and Summer Study Abroad Program in Montone, Italy.

I have also instituted a number of programs such as a Q&A Friday interview series featuring designers, illustrators, and studio artists, in which our students can talk with creative professionals from across the nation. This provides a much-needed context for what happens after graduation from our BFA program.

I also was part of a team of faculty and administration who created the Art On The Hill arts festival at Rogers State University. This event brought local artists onto campus to display and sell their work while faculty gave workshops and demonstrations in their given media. This serves as a great connection to the community, a way to involve students in community activism, and a recruitment tool in a time of decreased enrollments.

November 2003 – Present

Freelance Art & Design

Poster Design and Screen-printing for concerts and events including:

Against Me!
Big Business
The Black Keys
Death Cab For Cutie
High on Fire
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
M. Ward
Meat Puppets
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
The New Pornographers
Of Montreal
Philbrook Museum
Rilo Kiley
Rogue Wave
Rogers State University
Samantha Crain
She Wants Revenge
The Sword
Tulsa Camerata
Tugboat Gallery
University of Nebraska
Unwed Sailor
The Woody Guthrie Foundation

Freelance projects include:

Sarabande Books: Oct 2014 – Present
Book jacket design

Dwelling Spaces: May 2011 – Present
Design of ads, posters, t-shirts, products, and catalogs

Yokozuna Restaurant and Sushi Bar: June 2011
Design, print and installation of handmade wallpaper

Blue Dome Arts Festival: May 2011
Logo, t-shirts, ads, and other materials for local arts festival

Octopus Magazine & Books: Summer 2002 – 2012
Art Direction and Design of seasonal web-journal and book covers

Black Ocean Books: November 2006 – Present
Book jacket design

Tugboat Gallery: May 2005 – May 2006
Designed and screen-printed posters and handbills for art exhibits held at Tugboat Gallery in Lincoln, NE

EMI Records: October 2004 – May 2006
Freelance graphic design including CD packaging, stickers, and POP

January 2004 – May 2006
University of Nebraska–Lincoln: Graduate Teaching Assistant
Color Theory and Visual Literacy, Beginning Graphic Design, and
Basic Typography; freelance design projects for the Art Department

December 2002 – August 2003
Y2Marketing: Graphic Design
Identity programs, advertising, and collateral


Solo Exhibitions

November 2008: Dwelling Spaces
Installation/poster exhibition
Dwelling Spaces – Tulsa, OK

April 2007: Beta Shampoo
Installation, Print, and Poster exhibition in the
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 at the 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

Group Exhibitions

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

September 2013: RSU Faculty Exhibition
Price Tower Arts Center – Bartlesville, OK

November 2013: Champagne & Chocolate Fall Gala
Living Arts – Tulsa, OK

August 2011: Italy Exhibition
Foundations Gallery, Rogers State University – Claremore, OK

August 2011: Third Annual Oya Festival Poster Show
Oslo, Norway

July 2011: Fuck Up–Screenprint Show
The Hardware Gallery – Omaha, NE

March 2011: West Texas A&M with Kate Bingaman-Burt
Moody Northern Hall Formal Art Gallery – Canyon, TX

December 2010: Poster Show
Tugboat Gallery – Lincoln, NE

November 2010: Champagne & Chocolate Fall Gala
Living Arts – Tulsa, OK

September 2010: Amos – Showtime
Gallery ArtyFarty – Koln, Germany

September 2010: Faculty Show
Foundations Gallery – Rogers State University, Claremore, OK

March 2010: Art Studio Tour of Tulsa Preview Exhibition
Circle Cinema – Tulsa, OK

January 2010: Function + Design
[Artspace] at Untitled Gallery – OKC, OK

November 2009: Champagne & Chocolate Fall Gala
Living Arts – Tulsa, OK

October 2009: Tribute to Twin Peaks
Black Cat Bones Café – Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico

August 2009: Second Annual Oya Festival Poster Show
Oslo, Norway

January 2008: UK/OK: Handmade Design from the UK and Oklahoma
Price Tower Arts Center – Bartlesville, OK

January 2006: Tugboat Presents…
Hotshops – Omaha, NE

September 2005: Black Market Fashion Show
Screen-printed clothing, group show
The Black Market – Lincoln, NE

August 2005: Graphic Noise
Poster Exhibition, Smithsonian Museum of Design – Atlanta, GA

March 2005: Flatstock
Poster Exhibition, South By Southwest – Austin, TX

December 2004: Video and New Genres
Rotunda Gallery, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

November 2004: MFA In Progress
Richards Hall, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

February 2004: I Love You So Much I Could Puke
Vending machine art show at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – Kansas City, MO

May 2002: Senior Show
Boger Gallery at College of the Ozarks – Point Lookout, Missouri

University Service and Activities

Art On The Hill Board of Directors
BFA Capstone Committee
BFA Committee
Faculty Senate
University Assessment Committee
University Curriculum Committee
Academic Council
Student Conduct Committee
Advisor to Student Art Association
Foundations Gallery
Graphic Design for Department of Fine Arts

Grants and Awards

2014 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Fellowship, Curated by James McAnally
2014 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Creative Projects Grant
2011 Pixley Excellence in Teaching Award
2011 RSU Faculty Scholarship Award
2011 Graphex 42 Art Directors Club of Tulsa: Silver
2010 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Creative Projects Grant
2010 Graphex 41 Art Directors Club of Tulsa: Merit
2009 Graphex 40 Art Directors Club of Tulsa: Bronze
2005 Best in Show in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
2005 Two Golds in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
2005 Silver in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
2005 Four Bronzes in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
2004 Gold in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
2004 Silver in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
2004 Bronze in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
2003 Kimmel Fellowship
2003 Graduate Teaching Assistantship
2001 College of the Ozarks President’s List
2001 Academic Exchange Program Scholarship
1999 College of the Ozarks Alumni Art Award
1998 College of the Ozarks Dean’s List


Art Focus, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Magazine. Sept/Oct 2014
1,000 Dog Portraits, Robynne Raye. Rockport Publishers 2014
Art Focus, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Magazine. Jan/Feb 2013
Paper and Ink Workshop, John Foster. Rockport Publishers 2013
1,000 Indie Posters, John Foster. Rockport Publishers 2010
FORM Magazine, Nov/Dec 2010
Oklahoma Magazine, May 2010
Gig Posters Vol. 1, Clay Hayes. Chronicle Books 2009
Dirty Fingernails, John Foster. Rockport Books 2009
Color in Graphics, Ana Labudovic. Mao Mao Publications 2008
Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual Sept. 2007


In 2009, 2012, and 2014 I taught a summer course on drawing, painting, photography and printmaking in Montone, Italy. Students draw from life, absorb the local culture, and study art history in Florence, Rome, Venice, Arezzo, Orvietto, and many more significant locations.

While living and studying in the Netherlands in 2001, I traveled extensively and independently throughout Europe including: Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Greece, and Denmark.


December 2009-2014 – Invited by Philbrook Museum of Art to participate in Print Action – an interactive screenprinting event held at the museum
September 2012, 2013 – Screenprinting workshop and demonstration at Rogers State University’s Art On The Hill festival
August 2011 – Invited by Philbrook Museum of Art to lead a Printmaking Open Studio
August 2011 – Invited by Philbrook Museum of Art to participate in a gallery talk titled Responding to Rauschenberg
June 2011 – Invited by Philbrook Museum of Art to lead printmaking activity at opening of Rauschenberg Exhibition
June 2011 – Invited by Philbrook Museum of Art to create and exhibit limited edition screenprints to accompany Rauschenberg Exhibition
March 2011 – Presentations to Typography, Design, and Drawing classes at West Texas A&M University
October 2010 – Guest lecture/discussion with a Typography class at Portland State University
October 2010 – Invited by Philbrook Museum of Art and Modern Tulsa to present at the Eames Powers of Ten Day
April 2010 – Invited by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition to participate in the Art Studio Tour of Tulsa
April 2010 – Invited by the Young Architects Forum to participate in Chit|Chat
January 2010 – Presented at a Colloquium For Humanities Research Forum at Rogers State University
November 2008 – Guest lecture/discussion with a Typography class at Portland State University
April 2007 – Lecture, gallery show, and slide presentation at the College of the Ozarks
Spring 2006 – Marketing 341 – Presentation on relationships between Graphic Design and Marketing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Spring 2006 – Haydon Center For the Arts – New Visual Voices: UNL MFA Students Panel discussion regarding the MFA experience at UNL