USAO Art Students, Alums Selected for Tulsa Exhibit

USAO Art Students, Alums Selected for Tulsa Exhibit


CHICKASHA -- Eleven artists from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma are gaining momentum across the state as up-and-coming artists. Students and alumni from USAO were selected recently to display original works in the statewide " Momentum Tulsa" art exhibit.

More than 100 artists entered works in the June exhibit, with six current USAO students and five graduates selected to display 15 works.

Courtney Hunnicutt, a 2006 BFA graduate, was selected for two pieces in the exhibit.

" It's a great feeling of accomplishment to get accepted into 'Momentum,'" she said. " I feel my hard work as an artist is paying off. 'Momentum' is a very competitive art show for upcoming young artists. 'Momentum' is not your everyday traditional art show: they are looking for Oklahoma's best young artists with fresh and creative ideas."

" Momentum Tulsa: Art Doesn't Stand Still" was held June 21 in Tulsa's Living Arts and Liggett Studio. With a mission to highlight Oklahoma artists ages 30 and under, the exhibition featured a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, film, performance and large-scale installations with an emphasis on the interactive.

Guest curators judge the entries and select works to include in the exhibit. In addition, awards are given for top artists.

This year, Catoosa art junior Kristen Williams won the Viewers Choice Award -- Visual Artist award for her photograph, " Fairy in the Wind."

Jacquelyn Knapp, assistant professor of art, said she is pleased that so many USAO students were selected for the statewide juried exhibit.

" The USAO Art Department is so proud of our students and graduates," Knapp said. " I just love to see students that we have watched mature artistically achieve recognition for their hard work. Our students and graduates continue to go out into the professional art world and make us look good."

Robert Dodd, an art senior from Fox, was selected for his clay sculpture, " Attachment Complex."

" Being a young artist in Oklahoma presents quite a few challenges," he said, " one of many being exposure and having your pieces displayed where much of the Oklahoma art community will be gathered. 'Momentum' offers a great opportunity for this, and it feels absolutely amazing that I was selected. To know my piece was chosen out of and among so many great artists that entered this year is truly inspiring."

This year's selected USAO students include James Greenlee, Miguel Herrera,
Maranda Wirtz and Ashley Young.

Five USAO art alums also made the show, with pieces by Tommy Ball, Crystal Mayes, Paul Mays and Chelsea McClanahan.

This spring, 11 USAO students and alumni members showed artwork in the Oklahoma City version of the exhibit.

" Momentum Tulsa" is an annual exhibit sponsored by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Additional information about " Momentum" is available online at" >