Originally from Stillwater, Oklahoma, Brian Payne graduated from Loyola University Chicago, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography. He worked for a small advertising firm as their photographer and production artist for one year, then worked as a freelance graphic designer and photographer after leaving the firm. After spending six years in Chicago, he moved back to Stillwater to attend graduate school, earning his Master of Science in Teaching, Learning and Leadership in 2008 from Oklahoma State University. Prior to teaching at Yukon High School, he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at OSU for two years then completed his teaching internship with the United States Department of Defense at Lakenheath Elementary and Lakenheath High School on Lakenheath Air Force Base in Suffolk, England. He then taught one year at Mustang Elementary School, and is entering his tenth year at Yukon High School.
Additionally, he has an essay published in A Journey to Unlearn and Learn in Multicultural Education (Wang & Olson, 2009), served as the photography consultant for Photography (Culture in Action) (Miles, 2009), and was published in the National Art Education Association’s Social Justice issue in the fall of 2010. He is the Fine Arts Department Head at Yukon High School, Website Liaison for the Oklahoma Art Education Association (OAEA), 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year at Yukon High School, recipient of the 2014 Oklahoma State Superintendent Award for Arts Excellence, 2015 – 2016 Oklahoma Secondary Art Educator of the Year, and 2018 Golden Educators Resident.
His artwork has been exhibited throughout the state of Oklahoma and hangs in private collections in Chicago, Saint Louis, Los Angeles, and various cities throughout Oklahoma.
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