The Chickasha Area Arts Council is both pleased and excited to invite family and friends to once again celebrate the artwork of Derald Swineford. Derald had been the Art Department chair at what we now call the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma for 29 years and was professor emeritus for another 15 years after that. When he began his tenure, it was the Oklahoma College for Women.
Born in Enid, Oklahoma in 1908, Derald always loved the creation of art. He loved it enough to attend the University of Oklahoma and attained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Painting and Sculpturing.
Professor Swineford taught art in Oklahoma City, Wichita University and West Texas State College before being stationed in Africa for 21 months during World War II. Upon his discharge, he took a position teaching at the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha. His wife, Mary, was also employed at the college in Financial Aid. They raised two sons Thomas Derald Swineford and John Calvin Swineford.
Derald Swineford loved to “discover” art in the natural surroundings that he wandered. Incorporating what was known as “Architectonics” in his sculptures, his unique applications were noticed and imitated. Architectonics is the method of finding balance for your sculpture to hold its intended effect. In fact, he ofttimes used his boys as archetypes for sculpting motion as they were both very good athletes and very active boys.
Local favored subjects were found close at hand. A regionalist of sorts, Derald could be found painting Native Americans, Mt. Scott, The Washita River, Turner Falls and the College Farm west of town. Traveling extensively in the Southwest allowed new subjects such as the Rocky Mountains, New Mexico and the sand dunes at the Gulf of Mexico. Derald also sculpted Native Americans as well as many other subjects. Because he enjoyed using everyday objects in his sculptures, he was considered a “modernist”.
In 1970 he was selected “Teacher of the Year” by the Oklahoma Education Association. Many of his paintings and sculptures are featured in galleries in Enid, Norman and at USAO and the Courthouse in Chickasha.
Derald Swineford’s work will be on display along with refreshments and a meet-n- greet at the 7th Street Art Connection at 1301 S. 7th street in Chickasha coinciding with the Festival of Lights Opening beginning Saturday, November 23rd from 1 – 5 PM.
The exhibit will then be available on Thursdays after Thanksgiving from 5-9 PM and on Fridays and Saturdays after Thanksgiving from 1-9 PM.