FEBRUARY 2, 2007


OPSU grad Acevedo went for it...and got it!

Photo of Jimmy Acevedo.
Jimmy "Cricket" Acevedo proudly wears the medallion he was recently awarded by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Acevedo is a graduate of OPSU and currently teaches in Guymon.

Alan Webb, the famous runner, said, “Good things happen when you go for it.” Someone who has truly gone for it is Oklahoma Panhandle State University graduate Jimmy “Cricket” Acevedo, a 2006 recipient in the prestigious Governor’s Arts Awards, presented by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Acevedo currently teaches Art at Guymon Central Junior High, and his paintings are quite well known.

As part of a migrant farm family, Acevedo moved many times during his childhood prior to settling in Guymon and graduating from high school there in 1995. Upon earning his high school degree, he entered the AmeriCorps program and conducted drug and alcohol prevention programs at schools and businesses in several Oklahoma locations.

With his love of children, he entered OPSU in 1997 with an eye on a degree in elementary education. However, while taking a drawing class with teacher Bryon Test, he found that his talent for art was awakened and eventually earned a degree in fine arts in 2003.

Acevedo is proud, not only of his degree from OPSU, but that he was in the first graduating class to earn their degrees in fine arts from the school.

During his studies at OPSU, he served as a DJ at KPSU, the college radio station and also worked as a quality assurance inspector at Seaboard Foods. He operated an art studio in downtown Guymon for a year after his college graduation before taking his current teaching position.

Acevedo is a person of unbelievable energy, and in addition to his teaching duties and his independent artwork, he serves as a sponsor for the National Junior Honor Society, the Student Council and the Junior High Hispanic American Leadership Organization. He also works part time as a detention officer and dispatcher at the Texas County Detention Center.

As an artist, Acevedo says that his first paintings were from photographs, but he now does more abstract-type work in both acrylic and watercolor.

Though his occupational and artistic activities keep him very busy, Acevedo feels his first priority is fatherhood, and he is extremely close to his three children, ages 7, 4, and 2.

The Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts were established more than thirty years ago to recognize those dedicated to the arts in Oklahoma and honors individuals in education, business, media and community service. Acevedo was one of only three people across the state to be honored in “Arts and Education” in 2006. He received his award, which included a beautiful medallion, on November 29.

Contact: Laura Hays, OPSU communications director, 580.349.1354