The Nesbitt Gallery will celebrate its latest show, Faces from the Goddard Center, with an opening reception scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Nesbitt Gallery ran a show, titled Faces, in 2011 that provided the inspiration for this one.
The original exhibition was intended to be “a simple show that would utilize the many facial expressions captured in the art that makes up our collection,” said Layne Thrift, assistant professor of art and director of the Nesbitt Gallery. “I didn’t anticipate how strong the audience’s response would be. People were very vocal about their enjoyment of the show, and I made a mental note to see how we could expand on that in the future.”
In time, Thrift approached Rudy Ellis, curator at the Charles B. Goddard Center in Ardmore, about the possibility of borrowing selections for a Faces exhibit solely obtained from the Goddard’s permanent collection.
Though the pieces on loan from the Goddard share a common theme, the collection may surprise viewers with its diversity. The styles on display will range from realistic portraiture to formal abstraction and represent more than 400 years of art history.
The gallery will be offering refreshments in line with the autumn – thin, sliced sausage and large pretzels with mustard for dipping.
Live music will be provided by music majors Dylan Nagode, a graduating senior from Blanchard, James Harper, a junior from Comanche, and Colton Neighbors, a junior from Lawton.
The show is scheduled to run through Dec. 7. The Nesbitt Gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
More information about the show can be obtained by calling 574-1374.