Dr. Donna Hazelwood - Professor of Art
A native of Heber Springs, Arkansas, Donna Hazelwood is Professor of Art at Oakland City University. After completing a bachelor’s degree from Oakland City College and a master’s degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, she taught K-8 art in the Bedford school district and a fine arts course at the OCC branch at Bedford. For several years she worked as a career counselor in Educational Talent Search, which required travel to five school districts in the southern part of the state. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Graduate School of Indiana University with an emphasis in art education and minors in painting and art history. Post-graduate studies in graphic design from Indiana State University focused on typography, graphic design history, and visual culture.
Dr. Hazelwood is currently working on a series of large acrylic and mixed media paintings where the subject matter is influenced by visual culture. Images from popular culture, advertising, and typography are included in the paintings. Two past groups of paintings focus on entrapments, which grew out of her doctorial show at IU, and flowers because of their beauty, shape, and intense color.
With the help of family and friends, she is involved in a major restoration and renovation of an old brick church, which will serve as a home. The process has involved learning techniques to repair plaster, to refinish old wooden floors and window frames, and to tuck point exterior brick, which she is still trying to perfect. Each year on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving the building is opened to the community to sing Christmas carols and eat cheesecake.
Personal hobbies include reading history, literature, and various magazines to stay abreast of popular culture. Traveling has been a life-long passion, especially to European cultural centers. Watching movies that help see the world from different perspectives, particularly documentaries and foreign features, is of great interest. Personal joy also comes from listening to music, attending theatre productions, and working crossword puzzles.
One of several teachers of an adult Sunday school class, Dr. Hazelwood enjoys tying Old and New Testament stories to history and culture. Hearing how others understand and translate religious ideas is also helpful in understanding various positions of faiths.
Growing up in the foothills of the Ozarks, Dr. Hazelwood worked at the family owned florist learning basic design and color usage and the hard work required to run a small business. She was a sprinter on the local high school track team going to state as the first leg of the relay team and was a guard for the women’s basketball team.