Bachelor of Arts in Education. University of Central Oklahoma, 1966
Master of Fine Arts. University Of Oklahoma, 1973. Printmaking and Painting.
Post Graduate work in printmaking and drawing, 1974 – 1975.
Participated in the summer workshop on Printmaking (wood-block printing). Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle Maine. 2003.
Studied at the Tamarind Institutes Summer Workshop for professionals and teachers in the techniques necessary for successful printing with aluminum plates. This was a four-week workshop which included the theory and chemistry of metal plate lithography, drawing techniques and materials, processing and editioning. Color theory and multiple runs were also taught. July 8-August 2, 1996.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Appointed to Professor Emeritus, March 2, 2006.
Received the Special Recognition Award for service to the university and the regional community. May 9, 2003.
Received the Adolph Dial Faculty Award for creative work. Presented by Pembroke State University (University of North Carolina at Pembroke). 1992.
Commission granted by the Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, North Carolina. An edition of 175 lithographs for the donors of the Museum.
“Boxed-In”, nineteen poems and five etching, by Gar Bethel and Ralph Steeds. (A limited edition, hand bound book containing five hand printed etchings in each copy.)
Designed the book cover for “Small Wonder,” a collection of poems by Gar Bethel. The book was published by Point Rider Press, at The University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma.
“A Traveling Circus”, a book of poems by Gar Bethel, with the cover art and containing five hand pulled lithographs by Ralph Steeds.
SELECTED MUSEUM, CORPORATION AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, Oklahoma
The Cameron Art Museum collection
Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, University of Richmond Museums
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Study Collection, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas
Bristol Myers, Inc., Morrisville, North Carolina
Duke Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Polo, Incorporated, Houston and Dallas, Texas
Lawrimore Communications Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina
Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Study Collection, University of Southern California at Chico State University
Study Collection, Larson Drawing Collection, Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville Tennessee.
Pilot Life Insurance Company, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Johnston Properties Inc., of Greensboro, North Carolina
Westover Company Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina
Winstone Press Archive Collection.
Private Collection, Sidney Chafetz, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
Drs Helen C.M. Marres Schretlen, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio.
Collection, House of Humor and Satire, Gabrovo, Bulgaria.
Collection, Kohler Art Library, Study Collection, Madison, Wisconsin.
Collection, the Texas Tech University, Color Print Study Collection, Lubbock Texas.
Private Collections in Korea, Brazil, Japan, England, Netherlands and others.
Included in over 200 National, International and Regional exhibitions since 1980.
Participated in eight invitational exchange print portfolios since 1996.