‘Zoo’ Exhibit for Kids Opens Oct. 13 at USAO

Thursday, October 9, 2008

CHICKASHA – Most art exhibits are boring for children because everything is well out of sight and geared for an older audience. But that won’t be the case as the Art Gallery at the University of Science and Arts hosts Children’s Zoo, Oct. 13-27.

The show is expressly designed for children and welcomes their interaction with it, said Layne Thrift, assistant director of the gallery. “One unique feature of this show is the level for the viewer. A typical eye-level for an adult is around five feet. This exhibit will hang at eye level of a little more than three feet.”

The exhibit is targeted for kindergarten through fifth grade students and school groups of all ages are welcome. “We are recommending that groups larger than 10 should call to make reservations ahead of time.” Groups may reserve a tour by calling Carol Sites at 574-1239 or Thrift at 574-1374.

“The exhibit will highlight the many 2-D and 3-D animal artworks that we house in our permanent collection. We will also offer a special feature of Strange and Faraway Places thanks to the donations of the late alumna Opal Thorpe,” Thrift said.

Thorpe traveled the world extensively and collected interesting and exotic works of art and crafts from many cultures. “The two exhibits combined should peak the interest and excitement of any child.”

Admission to the exhibit is free. Gallery hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The gallery is located in Davis Hall on the USAO campus.

The Art Gallery was formed in 1997 to promote the visual arts of Central Oklahoma with a special concern for the expressions of the diverse cultures and the role that educators have played in forming those expressions.