The Woodward News

November 9, 2012

Sod House Museum hosting special program

Gary Engel
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — ALINE – The Original Sod House Museum is sponsoring an exhibit of state artistry and a lecture by the artist at 11 a.m. on Nov. 17.

Museum Director Renee Trindle said Oklahoma and Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) artist Brandice Guerra will be making her first appearance at the Sod House.

"She'll be bringing 10 to 12 pieces to display and be discussing the basis of her work," Trindle said.

One of Trindle's favorites from the paintbrush of Guerra is an illustration of a 2-headed Hereford calf.

"The portrait also features a tornado in the background," Trindle said. "I thought that was a neat touch."

Guerra, who lives in Alva, leads the Studio Art Program at NWOSU. She specializes in oil paintings and said that during the lecture, she will discuss her working methods, from the preparatory drawing to the finished piece, and how her research interests in nature, art history and stories of childhood rhymes influence her practice.

"My paintings are narrative," she said. "They communicate some kind of story."

Trindle said Guerra is also  published scientific illustrator.

"She has conceived traditional and digital images of animals, plants and natural environments for museums and nature preserves across the country," Trindle said.


Guerra hails from Skokie, Ill. Prior to her arrival at NWOSU last year, she taught in the fine art departments at Illinois State University and the University of Illinois.

Guerra received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Fine Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago, and then master of fine arts certification from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.

Accompanying the solo exhibition, Guerra's lecture is entitled, "The Monstrous and the Fantastic."

"Oklahoma is very different from the place I was raised (Illinois) and it's always exciting and interesting to interact with new and unfamiliar places and people," said Guerra. "I've also found that close, real friendships are easily made in Oklahoma."


There is an admission cost to the Sod House, located about 6 miles north of Highway 412 on state highway 8, but there is no additional cost for Guerra's program and advance reservations are not required.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Call or email Trindle for admission price and other information, (580) 463-2441 or

The Sod House Museum is about 64 miles from Woodward.