Sonya Terpening, the Doel Reed Center's first-ever Smelser Vallion Visiting Artist, returned in that capacity for the summer of 2013. The Oklahoma State University alumna and awrd-winning painter resided in Oklahoma for many years before relocating to Grapevine, Texas. She has studied with many renowned American artists and has been practicing her craft professionally for almost thirty years. Her paintings are contained in the permanent collections of a number of museums across the country and may be seen as well in the State of Oklahoma Capitol Building and in OSU's Edmon Low Library. This past July, she worked alongside the students enrolled in Professor Angela Piehl's digital art class. Ms. Terpening also gave a talk about and demonstration of her work on Sunday, July 14 in the Nicolai Fechin Studio of the Taos Art Museum. Titled "Stories without Words," the well-attended presentation was free to the general public. For more information about Sonya Terpening and images of her work, see her website.