Seven-State Exhibit on Display at USAO Through Dec. 7

The Seven-State Biennial Exhibition, now on display in the USAO Art Gallery through Dec. 7, features original artwork from regional artists across Oklahoma and six contiguous states. Paintings, mixed media, sculptures and more hang in the exhibit, which is free and open to the public. This oil painting by Steve Breerwood, assistant professor of art, won third place in the exhibition.

Seven-State Exhibit on Display at USAO Through Dec. 7




CHICKASHA – The USAO Art Gallery has announced the winners in its 2007 Seven-State Biennial Exhibition, an exhibit drawing artwork from Oklahoma and six surrounding states. The art exhibit remains on display at the University of Science and Arts Gallery through Dec. 7.

Houston artist Kathryn Kelly won first place for her work, “The Shadowlands.” The mixed media piece, consisting of tar, nails, rubber tires and rope, earned the artist $2,500.

The juried exhibit doubles as an art competition, paying the highest cash award prizes in the state, said Cecil Lee, Regents professor of art and director of the USAO Art Gallery.

Every two years, artists submit original works to the prestigious exhibition. An art juror selects winning entries in multiple categories, judges the works and awards cash prizes. This year’s exhibit awarded more than $10,000 to artists in cash prizes and purchases. In all, 14 artists received awards in three categories. More than 30 artists submitted works in the exhibit, from photography to paintings to sculptures and a wide variety of mixed media.

The exhibit is a joint effort of the USAO Art Gallery and Lawton’s Leslie Powell Gallery.

Lee said the exhibition reflects the unique mission of the two art galleries.

“Both USAO and the Leslie Powell Gallery are proud of promoting professional regional artists,” Lee said.

Awards were announced Oct. 20, and an opening reception was held Nov. 4. The exhibit remains on display in the USAO Art Gallery through Dec. 7. It will then go on display at the Leslie Powell Gallery in January and February, 2008.

USAO Art Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Several USAO artists received recognition for their participation in the art show. Steve Breerwood, USAO’s new assistant professor of art, earned third place for his oil painting, “Jammed Bailer, After Rivera.”

Oklahoma City-based artist Paul Mays, a 2002 USAO art graduate, received both an honorable mention award and a purchase award for his mixed media work, “Cause of Corrosion, Variation No. 1.” Mays also is a recipient of the 2007 Young Alumni Award, presented earlier this month at USAO’s annual Alumni Homecoming.

Steve Brown, professor of art, and Jacquelyn Knapp, assistant professor of art, submitted artwork in the show. Layne Thrift, a 2001 USAO graduate, also participated in the exhibit.

More information about the exhibit, as well as a list of winners and participants, is available online at