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Traveling paper art exhibit comes to USAO

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A unique art show, featuring works created on paper by Oklahoma artists, is set to open at the Nesbitt Gallery on Aug. 25 at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

The show, titled 24 Works on Paper, is co-sponsored by the Individual Arts of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

The gallery will celebrate the show’s opening with a reception scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 6. The reception is free and open to the public.

The show is programmed to run in the Nesbitt Gallery through Oct. 27. The gallery is located in Davis Hall.

24 Works on Paper was designed to “attest to the richness and resurgence of paper as an artistic medium,” according to the show’s curator, Dr. Kirsten Fleur Olds.

“Almost all the included artists’ work demonstrate a renewed engagement with artistic process, investigating traditional uses, subverting expectation, issuing novel juxtapositions, or relishing in the sensuousness and purity of the chosen medium,” Olds said.

Olds is an assistant professor of art history at the University of Tulsa.

The 24 Works show has been traveling to galleries around the state since July 2013, including stops at the Goddard Center in Ardmore and the Gardiner Gallery at Oklahoma State University.

Though paper is the connecting fiber tying all of the works in the show together, the range of approaches should surprise viewers including photography, crayon, charcoal, watercolor, screen prints and mixed-media incorporating embroidery and collage among others.

24 Works on Paper is a biennial exhibit begun in 1985. This is the first time that the exhibit has shown in the Nesbitt Gallery.

The gallery’s director, Layne Thrift, is looking forward to sharing this show with the campus and community audience.

“Community is one of the most important and often over-looked components of any artist’s work,” Thrift said. “By showcasing the very best of what Oklahomans are capable of producing, we bring our own students and local artists into that community by virtue of the inspiration they’ll derive from it.”

24 Works on Paper is sponsored in part by Allied Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council, Red River Photo Services and Toothbrusher’s Dental. In-kind services provided by Pirate’s Alley Framing.

More information about the show can be obtained by calling 574-1374 or online at usao.edu.