“This is a night about great talent,” Taylor said.
The student show and reception also featured graphic design as seen in Hoang Truong’s logo design. This year marks the 25th year for OU to teach graphic design. A junior studying graphic design with a main interest in branding, Truong had to compete against other students to win the honor of having his design represent the 100th Annual Student Show. Truong said he was inspired by OU’s saying “there’s only one,” the energy of Jackson Pollock’s work and colors from the School of Art & Art History.
“The School of Art & Art History has really taught me to never be too comfortable and to take risks,” Truong said.
As part of her award, Heather Eck’s work will become part of the museum’s permanent collection. Additionally, as part of their awards, Kate Swanson and Dillon Becker will present lectures at Fred Jones on Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. Courtney Creedon, who won an award for her piece “Whitetail,” which featured an installation of antlers posted to steel and facing skyward, said she had really tried to make an impactful piece.
“A lot of people have said it is intimidating at first, but then they read the description and can see it’s a formal interpretation of who I am,” Creedon said. “I love and respect wildlife. I’ll definitely continue to use organic materials and steel in future work.”
In conjunction with the centennial student show, the college is featuring an alumni show through Feb. 14. in the Lightwell Gallery at the School of Art & Art History. And Sterling Gates, SoAAH alumni and comic book writer, will speak at Fred Jones Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. Stewart said Gates was a great example of a student who had found his own professional path.