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April 12, 2013

National Weather Center hosts inaugural art biennale



With the show located in the National Weather Center, home to OU, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and state organizations, Houser said the exhibit has a distinct overlap between science and art.

“Since this show is coordinated through the National Weather Center, you’ll see that there’ll be a big scientific following because these are people that love what they do, they’re in it everyday and they love seeing how weather effects our environment and us,” he said. “I think the general public will enjoy it, for the most part, especially after walking through and reading each artist’s statement and are able to read the purpose behind the work.”

No matter the viewer’s background, Gavaghan said weather is relatable for each individual. Atkinson agreed.

“It is easy to see how the weather influences peoples’ daily lives, but art often exerts a more subtle influence,” Atkinson said. “It makes sense to combine them in a venue that will underscore the ways that both art and weather shape our humanity.”

Houser said he hopes his show, and his piece in particular, helps viewers to pause and reconsider how they view nature, weather and the environment.

“I hope that people will see that nature has so much beauty to offer us even amidst violence,” he said, referring to violent weather. “There’s even beauty in violence, for whatever reason, maybe it’s to help us deal with the aftermath of violence or maybe it’s to help us realize that there’s hope in everything.”


Breakout box:

The National Weather Center Biennale officially opens on Earth Day, April 22, featuring 100 weather-themed art works. The exhibition, located at the National Weather Center Atrium, 120 David L. Boren Blvd., runs through June 2. The exhibition is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday.

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