Some of the finest painters and sketch artists in Oklahoma are displaying their works in the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s 2005 Painting and Drawing Biennial VIII.


The exhibition is open through June 10 at the USAO Gallery , located at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha.

The Oklahoma Painting and Drawing Biennial is an exhibition of the most outstanding contemporary arts and artists in Oklahoma, which was initiated in 1992.


The guest curator for this year’s competition is artist Elizabeth Dunbar.


She has selected 59 pieces by 42 artists out of 244 pieces by 90 artists that were submitted.


“Whether abstract, representational, or somewhere in between, the works that comprise the 2005 Oklahoma Painting and Drawing Biennial reflect the diversity of vision of the state’s many talented artists,” Dunbar said.


“Their works challenge, delight, inform, and inspire us—and reveal how we are all intimately connected in this big, wide world.”

Dunbar is the curator for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City .


She also has worked as a Special Projects Coordinator at the Los Angeles County Museum and Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York . She holds graduate degrees in art history and museum studies from the City University of New York.


The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition is dedicated to helping artists succeed as artists. One of the best ways to achieve this mission is to coordinate exhibits, such as the Oklahoma Painting and Drawing Biennial, that highlight state artists and award their dedication and creativity.


Three artists received “Honorable Mention”, which included a $500 cash award.


The “Honorable Mention” awards went to Larry Preston and Ms. Michael Wilson of Norman and Ada artist Kathleen Rivers.

Two artists received “Award of Merit”, which included a $1500 cash award.


“Awards of Merit” were issued to Sharon McCoy of OKC and F. Bradley Jessop of Sulphur. One “Best of Show” was awarded to Guthrie artist John Cox, with a $2000 cash award.


The USAO Gallery is located in historic Davis Hall on the USAO campus, located at 17th and Grand in Chickasha. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.


The event is free and open to the public.

More information is on the Internet at


This event is made possible by the Oklahoma Arts Council, Allied Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the MainSite Contemporary Art, Ann Simon Alspaugh, Rand and Jeannette Elliott and Nathan Guilford, DDS.