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April 23, 2013

Weather center’s biennale open to public

NORMAN — As the National Weather Center Biennale opens for the first time, guests can view all pieces of art on display and pick their favorites.

The National Weather Center and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma have teamed up with the Norman Arts Council to present the biennale. The exhibition is at the National Weather Center Atrium through June 2. The biennale showcases art’s window on the impact of weather on the human experience through three media: painting, works on paper and photography.

Narrowed from an initial pool of more than 700 pieces submitted by nearly 400 artists, 100 works were selected for display at the exhibition. A panel of three guest jurors selected a winning piece from each of the three categories in addition to the overall Best of Show.

Category winners received $5,000 each, and the overall Best of Show winner was awarded $10,000 and a full-page advertisement in an upcoming issue of Southwest Art Magazine.

Tom Berenz, from Madison, Wis., won Best of Painting for his oil on panel work, “Flooded Car Lot.” Mitch Dobrowner, from Los Angeles, Calif., won Best of Photography for his archival pigment photographic print on cotton rag paper work, “Rope Out.” Tom Heflin, from Rockford, Ill., won Best of Works on Paper for his pastel on paper, “Approaching Winter Storm.” Elizabeth Patterson, of Los Angeles, Calif., won Best of Show for her colored pencil and solvent on Bristol vellum, “Pershing Square, Los Angeles.”

The selected works, including the prize winners, will be featured in the biennale exhibition, which is open to the public at no cost. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visitors will need to present a photo ID for entry.

The next National Weather Center Biennale will be hosted in 2015. An initial call for entries will commence on Earth Day 2014. The opening of the second biennale will be on Earth Day 2015. 

Additional information about the exhibition is available at www.nwcbiennale.

org and the biennale’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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