The Norman Transcript

January 10, 2014

Students show work at centennial exhibition

by Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript

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.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the school is also hosting an Alumni Exhibition. The show runs Jan. 13 to Feb. 14 in the Lightwell Gallery at the School of Art and Art History, and includes the work of 24 alumni hand-picked by current faculty.

For more information about the OU School of Art and Art History visit The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s website is


The 100th Annual Student Exhibition opening reception is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave. Awards will be announced at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through Feb. 16. Many additional, free events are planned in conjunction with the 100th Student Exhibition. See below for a complete listing:

· Alumni Show opening reception 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the OU School of Art and Art History’s Lightwell Gallery, 522 Parrington Oval.

· Sterling Gates (alum) lecture 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave.

· Michael Ray Charles (guest juror) lecture 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave.

· NASCENT: University of Oklahoma Student Film Screening 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of art, 555 Elm Ave.


Several students showing work in the 100th Annual Student Exhibition commented on participating in the exhibit:

“It gave me a lot more confidence in my work and knowing I’m not the only one who appreciates it. Normally I would just shoot it and have it around my house. It gave me more confidence to go photograph other things.” - Sydney Vaughn, senior European studies major

“It’s a great experience to know the process of what goes in a show and what it takes, really. It’s a competition. It’s always going to be a competition. So it pushes your limits as an artist to really give it your best. You want to show your best work to your community. You don’t want to show something you’re not proud of.” - Courtney Creedon, recent studio art graduate

“Because it’s in such a nice and dignified environment, it gives me a sense of confidence that I’ve been in that nice of a space. It pushed me to give a very refined finished piece to match the environment that it’s in, unlike some of the more ad-lib shows that are a little more rugged. It pushed me to make my piece a little bit better.” - Helen Harris, senior sculpture major

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