NORMAN — In its 100th year, the upcoming University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History Student Exhibition highlights the diverse talent the school has to offer.
A total of 55 students will exhibit their art during the competitive, juried show that is annually held in the spring, showcasing mediums like painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, film and video, technology and design.
Jessica Upson, with the OU School of Art and Art History, said the exhibition is open to all OU students enrolled in at least one School of Art and Art History course, including undergraduate and graduate level students and non-art majors.
“A juried exhibition allows for a more competitive experience for our students. This should give them a glimpse into the more professional world of exhibiting,” Upson said. “We always urge our students to submit their work for exhibitions outside of the School of Art and Art History, but this show will really help to prepare students for life as an artist post-graduation.”
The centennial anniversary exhibit will be juried by artist and University of Texas at Austin art professor Michael Ray Charles. Upson said choosing an artist that is not affiliated with the university allows for a non-biased jurying process.
Charles will visit the school in January to critique students work one-on-one. He will also select works from the exhibition to receive awards. Multiple awards with cash prizes totaling more than $6,000 will be presented to students at the opening reception on Jan. 17, including the top award, the T.G. Mays Purchase Award, which is offered to a student whose artwork becomes a part of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s permanent collection.
An installation of works by OU visual communication students also will accompany the annual student show in the Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Gallery. XXVC features works by current students and alumni to help commemorate 25 years of the design program.