The Norman Transcript


April 6, 2012

Tour de Quartz on display

NORMAN — Artwork by Norman students Braden Denton, David Wang, and Ethan Yates will be on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as part of the Oklahoma Arts Institute’s Tour de Quartz April 5-22.

The exhibition features paintings and photographs produced by Oklahoma high school students during the 2011 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI), held in June.

Ethan Yates, a 2011 Norman High School graduate, studied photography at OSAI. Braden Denton and David Wang, both seniors at Norman High School North, were OSAI drawing/painting students. The exhibition includes one piece of artwork created by each student.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our students to have their work displayed at one of the state’s finest museums,” said Julie Cohen, Oklahoma Arts Institute President and CEO.

Tour de Quartz is a selection of artwork created by students from across the state during their two-week residence at Quartz Mountain. The painting portion of the exhibition represents a variety of projects undertaken by the drawing/painting students, including self-portraits and still lifes. The photography students experimented with light and illusion. Some played with shadows and depth of field to disguise or transform the subject, while others conducted underwater shoots with waterproof camera bags.

During their time at OSAI, students are immersed in one of nine artistic fields taught by nationally renowned artists. Former faculty include winners of the Academy, Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards and the Pulitzer Prize. The 2011 drawing and painting students were taught by Richard Hull of Chicago, Illinois. Connie Imboden of Baltimore, Maryland led the photography students.

The Tour de Quartz student artists are selected by competitive statewide auditions and represent large and small communities across the state. Every accepted student automatically receives a full scholarship to the program.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and free for children five and under. Hours and other museum information are available at 405-236-3100 or

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