Photography exhibit opens USAO Art Gallery season

“Montmartre Cafe” highlights photographer Charles Rushton’s eye for the artistic in casual moments. Rushton’s work will be exhibited at the USAO Art Gallery from Jan. 13 until Feb. 10 in a show titled En Passant. For more information, call 574-1374.

Photography exhibit opens USAO Art Gallery season



Charles Rushton doesn’t rely on elaborate staging to create his photographs.

“Life is generous; I can find interesting photographs anywhere. And that is my main concern in photographing, to make interesting photographs,” Rushton says.


The USAO Art Gallery opens its 2012 season on Jan. 13 with an exhibition of Rushton’s photography titled En Passant. The gallery is scheduled to host an artist’s reception at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 with Rushton in attendance to meet the public and answer questions about his work.


The reception, as well as the gallery, is free and open to the public.


The show’s title is French for “in passing” and refers to Rushton’s passion for capturing moments as they present themselves to him.


“I took the photographs in this exhibition while passing through a number of locations. I like to travel, but it doesn’t make much difference to me whether I am photographing at home in Norman or abroad,” Rushton says.


“I don’t think much about what I am photographing. I try to remain open to the moment and to shoot, in passing, whatever catches my eye. If I stop to think, the moment is gone, and I miss the photograph.”


Rushton has been shooting photography in a professional capacity for more than 40 years.


His work has been published in dozens of periodicals and books, exhibited all over the state of Oklahoma and been purchased into the public collections of institutions like the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Oklahoma State Art Collection.


Layne Thrift, director of the USAO Art Gallery, believes that En Passant is the perfect way to open the 2012 season.


“Rushton’s energizing photography complements the unique layout of our gallery, so it is with great enthusiasm that we kick off the New Year with this exhibit,” Thrift says.


“His skillful ‘in-the-moment’ observations provide the viewer with a candid, often awe-inspiring look at urban life. Visitors to the gallery will find a new and refreshing scenario around every corner.”


En Passant is scheduled to run through Feb. 10. The USAO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of Davis Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.


Those interested in the exhibition or the reception are invited to call 574-1374 for more information.