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Fine Arts Faculty

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Brad Matson

(Animation, Visual Effects, Motion Graphics, and Film Making) is Director of the Digital Media Institute at Northern Oklahoma College. Brad graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 where he studied film making and video production. He has worked in the media field for the past 28 years with TV studios, film companies, Digital Tutors, commercial work for The Sultana Documentary, Remington Park, DOD, RI, ATT and Cingular, and has worked and taught at Northern for over 16 years. He has won several awards, including a Telly in 2003 (the equivalent of the Oscars for Education and Broadcast Graphics).  Mr. Matson is a DaVinci Fellow 2009 which was awarded by the Oklahoma DaVinci Institute for outstanding creativity in the classroom among Higher Education. Mr. Matson has been honored as an NOC Distinguished Faculty Member 2010, NISOD Excellence Award 2011, and nominated for the Oklahoma Gold Medal for Excellence in Teaching Award 2011, 2012, and 2013. He was also nominated for Digital Tutors Instructor of the Year 2012 and 2013 and a finalist in 2013.

Office: W 127

Phone: (580) 628-6458

Audrey Schmitz

(Artist) is Director of the Eleanor Hays Art Gallery and has curated more than 95 exhibits to bring national and local artists to the college since 1996. She instructs three-dimensional arts and art history and maintains a professional art career, specializing in ceramics, sculpture and fine art photography. Earlier this year she was a panelist for a moderated discussion following the Lawrence, Kansas, premiere of the documentary Called to Walls, which features the community mural made in Tonkawa in 2010. Ms. Schmitz was the mural project coordinator for the three-month venture granted to the city by Mid-America Arts Alliance. In 2015, she was one of eleven artists chosen from six states to make new work for Ballad of the Farm: Then, Now, Tomorrow, an exhibition for the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City, Nebraska. In 2014, she received the top award from the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges for her submission to the Great Ideas for Teaching competition. In 2013, two of her signature photo sculptures were selected for a competitive national exhibition sponsored by Wichita Center for the Arts. She has received the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching at a Regional University/Community College from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. She also holds the title of DaVinci Fellow, awarded by the Oklahoma DaVinci Institute to recognize creativity among higher education faculty. Ms. Schmitz is a graduate of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Leadership Arts program.

Office: CA 102

Phone: (580) 628-6670

Shannon Varner

(Soprano) instructs voice and conducts the College Choir and Madrigal Singers at Northern. A Presser Scholar and magna cum laude graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree from Cameron University, she received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance with highest honors from Oklahoma City University. Musicals she has directed at Northern include Footloose, 110 in the Shade and Beauty and the Beast. Her private voice students have performed in national venues and have signed with recording labels. For several years she worked with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra in the Civic Center Chorus. Among her favorite performing roles are Lisette (La rondine), Amina (La sonnambula) and Johanna (Sweeney Todd). She performed a Regional Actors Community Theatre (ReACT) benefit concert (2010) and a Casono Benefit concert (2011) to help scholarship college students and appeared in the ReACT production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Ms. Bradford is a choir member of Casono and a member of the Federated Music Club. Her students have won state competitions in the musical theatre and art song categories.

Office: PA 115

Phone: (580) 628-6365

Shannon Varner

Fine Arts Adjunct Contact Information

Dr. Rick Edgington,
J. Wayne Hudson,
Paul Palma,
David Toelle,