USAO's Art Review Shows Students' 'Different Strokes'
CHICKASHA -- Fifteen art students have turned the walls into canvases to present " Different Strokes," the 2008 annual sophomore art review exhibit at the University of Science and Arts. From swirling colors to abstract shapes and human forms, the exhibit has a variety of artwork now on display in the Davis Hall Third Floor Art Gallery.
" These kids have got it together," said Kent Lamar, professor of art. " Overall, as a group, they're sharp, they're diverse, they're all serious artists. It's a very good show."
On display through Feb. 27, the art review features expressive photography, colorful paintings, detailed ceramics, even jewelry. Most pieces are for sale. A special opening reception with refreshments is open to the public Jan. 25 from 4-7 p.m.
Bethel Acres art sophomore Ali Crouch said many of her works begin as stories.
" I like to write stories and screenplays," she said. " A lot of my artwork comes from what I imagine the characters would look like on screen." Crouch's thin human figures are reminiscent of characters from Hollywood director Tim Burton's films " The Nightmare Before Christmas" and " The Corpse Bride."
El Reno artist Jeannie Boling said she prefers human subjects over landscapes.
" I enjoy painting people, primarily women," she said. " Guys usually end up looking feminine, so I usually paint women." Boling uses color to express emotion, as in her painting, " Wow," which depicts a flame-colored woman swallowing a sword.
Lamar said he is proud of the contributing art students.
" They took it seriously and they've done a good job presenting their work," he said.
" Different Strokes" is free and open to the public. The Third Floor Art Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.