The Norman Transcript

N-town Q/A

January 10, 2014

Q&A: Emily Ballew Neff comes to OU inspired



Q: What is your favorite genre of art?

A: You know what, I like it all. I know that sounds like the easy answer but I really do. And I should. It’s not only that I gravitate in that direction anyway but I should. I want to be open to all forms of art and give everything a chance. My expertise is in painting and sculptures so I feel most confident when I’m around painting and sculptures. And my other expertise is American and British art but I also did African art and I’m also interested in Native American art.

Collecting for museums can be different than collecting personally. I’ve never met anything I didn’t feel very, very strongly about for a museum. That said, some of them might have been more important because of the context in which they were made. They still have to meet the criteria of: Is this a great work of art? Is the condition great? You answer all these different questions, but would I want to take it home and have it on my wall? Not necessarily. I think that’s one of the things that’s different is you have to be as open as a museum curator or director as you can be. You’re not collecting for a museum just the things you like. That makes no sense. There’s a history to it. There’s a tremendous amount you bring to the table when you’re considering bringing in a piece of art.

Q: Do you have a large personal art collection?

A: You know, I don’t. There’s a lot of people that I know, curators who I know, who love to collect. I love to collect, but to tell you the truth, we often have blank walls at home. I get pretty saturated in my work environment, but there’s something to be said about going home and having very little on the walls. Or to have things on the wall that aren’t necessarily great but are more meaningful and we have a personal association with.

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

1 2 3 4 5 6
Text Only | Photo Reprints
N-town Q/A
  • Q&A: Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola

    Last month, Jazz in June welcomed guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola to Norman for a two-man show that treated music fans to new takes on old and new tunes from the likes of The Cars, Lorde and John Lennon. Hunter’s unique playing style is married to a guitar-bass hybrid that allows him to hold down rhythm and melody. The result: A sound so big that you could hardly believe it was just two people. NTown caught up with the duo before its closing set on June 20 at Brookhaven Village.

    July 11, 2014

  • Q&A: Stuart Whitis finds balance between classical and digital art

    Stuart Whitis finds beauty in the age-old art of painting, but he also holds a fascination for digital creations....

    June 13, 2014

  • Q&A: Elizabeth Wheat on costuming and serendipity

    Elizabeth Wheat is no stranger to costumes. The Minneapolis native made a decade-long career out of dressing the stars of shows like “Will and Grace,” “Criminal Minds,” “My Name is Earl,” “Jonas Brothers” and “Scrubs.” After ...

    May 9, 2014

  • Q&A: Matthew Kaney’s work playful, insightful

    by Hannah Cruz Forget paint or clay, Norman resident Matthew Kaney creates art from virtual materials....

    April 11, 2014

  • Q&A: Joshua Boydston on a creative-driven life

    For many artists, a life of art is one they choose. But for Joshua Boydston, it seems art chose him....

    February 14, 2014

  • Q&A: Emily Ballew Neff comes to OU inspired

    To hear Emily Ballew Neff say it, there’s long been a joke that her mother left her in a basket on the front steps of a museum and she never left. She admits that in many ways, the joke is true: She’s a self-professed “museum rat.” The ...

    January 10, 2014

  • Q&A: Paul Moore’s work a multigenerational passion

    Paul Moore’s beginnings were humble enough, but the Norman resident and University of Oklahoma artist-in-residence is now well-known throughout the state, nationally and internationally....

    December 13, 2013

  • Eagle pendant w Jasper.jpg Q&A: Judy Osburn talks inspiration, jewelry

    Wildlife has long inspired artist Judy Osburn’s work. The Oklahoma native creates animal-themed sterling silver and stone jewelry from her home studio in Norman where she lives with her artist husband, Warren Osburn.  Judy is showing her ...

    November 7, 2013 1 Photo

  • Q&A: Vince Leseney pays forward acting inspiration

    Vince Leseney dabbled in musical theater as a child. But when push came to shove the Des Moines, Iowa, native settled on studying opera at William Jewell College and Oklahoma City University....

    October 11, 2013

  • Q&A: JUURI incorporates inspiration from dual identity

    Julie Robertson’s life is all about balance....

    September 13, 2013