Tour de Quartz is a selection of artwork created by Oklahoma high school students during the 2013 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI). During their two-week residency at Quartz Mountain, students are immersed in one of nine artistic fields and taught by nationally renowned artists. Former faculty members include winners of the Academy, Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards and the Pulitzer Prize. The 2013 drawing and printmaking students were taught by José and Cynthia Rodriguez of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Troy Word, an OSAI alumnus who now lives in Massachusetts, led the photography students.
The Tour de Quartz student artists, as well as literary and performing artists, are selected by competitive statewide auditions. Every accepted student automatically receives a full scholarship to the program. Auditions take place January through March at locations across the state. More information is available at oaiquartz.org.
The Tour de Quartz is sponsored by Williams and SONIC, America’s Drive-In.
José Rodriguez, Drawing & Painting Instructor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
José L. Rodriguez was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. His early life was marked by travel and bilingual homes in the U.S. and Venezuela. Growing up in two different but parallel worlds has fueled his exploration of personal and cultural identity, language, and customs. José studied at the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BFA degree. He later received an MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington. José spent many years in academia as a tenured professor of printmaking at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque before leaving the academic world to concentrate on his studio output. He has participated in many national and international exhibitions, and his work is held in many public and private collections.
Cynthia Rodriguez, Drawing & Painting Instructor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Cynthia Couch Rodriguez grew up in western Oklahoma, not far from Quartz Mountain, where her ancestors farmed alongside the Great Western Trail. Big sky and rolling prairie have always influenced her artistic aesthetic, and she is captivated by the seasonal changes of the land. Rodriguez’s work portrays the comfort and conflict of relationships between living things. She loves to emphasize the nuances of subtle values and surface tension in her artwork. Cynthia is an artist and art educator, having worked with all age groups as an artist-in-residence in Oklahoma and New Mexico and as an art educator in public schools for Albuquerque, New Mexico and Round Rock, Texas. She has exhibited in various one- woman shows, and her work is found in private collections in many countries. Cynthia has degrees in print- making and photography from the University of Oklahoma, an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University, and an art education licensure from the University of New Mexico.
Troy Word, Photography Instructor
Troy Word is a fashion/celebrity photographer and filmmaker based in New York. Word’s editorial work has appeared throughout the world in the publications Marie Claire, InStyle, Oprah, Lucky, Glamour, Red (London), Arena, People, and Elle. His commercial clients include L’Oreal, Lancome, Neutrogena, Macy’s, Liz Claiborne, and Avon. He has photographed celebrities and world leaders, including President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan, Princess Haya of Dubai, Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Monica Bellucci, Dolly Parton, Teri Hatcher, Tyra Banks, Eva Longoria, Isabella Rossellini, Liv Tyler, Andie MacDowell, Kirstie Alley, John Stewart, Susan Sarandon, Iman, and Heidi Klum. He recently completed production on The Presence of Joseph Chaikin, a feature documentary about the life and work of the revolutionary experimental theater director. He is a native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute as a student and counselor.