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Acclaimed chef to keynote upcoming symposium

[LECTURE SCHEDULED for 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium]

With the news filled with stories about meat grown in a petri dish, world bee populations in collapse and concerns about the impact of genetically-modified crops, food has moved the forefront of a conversation about growing populations and how best to support them.

Chef Dan Barber does not claim to hold all the answers but, through his work as a sustainable food advocate and cutting-edge restaurateur, has established himself as a man who asks the right questions.

Barber is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for the sixth annual Ray and Mary Giles Symposium for Citizenship and Public Service beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

The event is free and open to the public.

"From Hendrix to Heifetz": Eclectic duo opens performing arts season Friday

What happens when a Juilliard trained violinist and a pianist best known for his performance on a 70s AOR classic sit down to play Bach?

When that violinist is Tracy Silverman and that pianist is Phil Aaberg, music that once seemed familiar and, to some, inaccessible, becomes transformed into something living, rhythmic and unpredictable.

Seven State Biennial 2013 Winners (UPDATED 10/16/2013)

The Nesbitt Gallery has chosen the following works as the 2013 Seven-State Biennial Purchase Awards

The Chickasaw Delegate, ink on vintage ledger, artist J. Dylan Cavin ($595.00)

Inquisitive, digital photography, artist Megan Check ($180.00)

Peyote Bluff Rivers II, mixed media 3-D, artist Joeallen Gibson Jr. ($680.00)

Relativity, acrylic, collage, artist Bert Seabourn ($3200.00)

Mickey, oil on canvas, artist Chris Small ($1400.00)

The following works have been chosen as award winners by the 2013 Seven-State Biennial juror, Dr. Mark White:

First Place ($2500)     Power Point, graphite on paper, artist Liz Roth

Second Place ($1500) Carcass, oil on canvas, artist Noel Torrey

Third Place ($500)      High Wire Abstract, digital photography, artist Jane Iverson

Honorable Mention ($100 each):

Twist, T shirts, sticks, artist Kim Rice

Chandu Magic Set, colored pencil, MDF, artist Cynthia Marcoux

Remnants, mixed media, artist Cynthia Brown

Totemic Scape XV, polychrome wood, artist Douglas Shaw Elder

Mix It Up, artist Brian Fickett

Myths reborn in gallery exhibit

For centuries, people engaged with culture through art more than the written word. Stories of gods and men were captured in paintings, sculpture and architecture to transmit eternal messages down through the ages. Though the spread of literacy altered that balance for a time, the urge to represent myths and stories through art has never gone away.

Artists Rudy Ellis and Natalie Garrison have tapped into that ancient impulse by masterfully combining photography, graphic art and digital manipulation into one breathtaking experience.

The show, titled From Delphi to Jerusalem, is scheduled to open with a reception beginning at 7 pm on Saturday at the Nesbitt Gallery at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha.

Fall trimester kicks off Sept. 3

It may not be 115 degrees outside but summer is definitely coming to a close and that means the fall trimester at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is about to begin.

Classes begin Sept. 3 with enrollment continuing through Sept. 9.