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’24 Works on Paper’ Exhibit Unveiled at NOC



MARK SISSON of Stillwater combines linocut, woodcut and lithograph processes to create this

MARK SISSON of Stillwater combines linocut, woodcut and lithograph processes to create this “Portrait of Daniel King: Scouting, For Men & For Boys” in the 24 Works on Paper exhibition in the Eleanor Hays Art Gallery of the Kinzer Performing Arts Center, Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa. Gallery hours are 12-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Sept. 22.

TONKAWA — “24 Works on Paper,” a travelling exhibition of work by living Oklahoma artists, is on view through Sept. 22 at the Eleanor Hays Art Gallery in the Kinzer Performing Arts Center, Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 12-4 p.m., according to gallery director Audrey Schmitz. Admission is free.

The exhibition features 24 artworks created on paper, including media such as printmaking, drawing, painting and photography. Works are by exhibitors from Ada, Edmond, Guthrie, Norman, Oklahoma City, Stillwater and Tulsa.

W. Jackson Rushing III, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art, is the guest juror for this edition of the biennial exhibition. He works in several intersecting areas: Native American art; modern and contemporary art; Southwest modernism; theory, criticism and methodology; museum studies; and post-colonialism and visual culture.

“Like Oklahoma, the works are iconoclastic and offbeat; tough and yet sweet and tender; magical and real; and both surreal and sensual,” Rushing said. “The whole of it is shot through with an inspiring vision of what was, is and might yet be”

For area educators, curriculum guides are available to allow them to create lesson plans focusing on elements of art and principles of design based on works in the exhibit. Schmitz said the guide includes suggestions for basic, intermediate and advanced approaches to viewing and engaging with these diverse works made by living Oklahomans.

After closing at Northern, the exhibition will travel to venues across Oklahoma. More information including the full tour schedule is available at www.24works.org or at 580-628-6670 or audrey.schmitz@noc.edu.

’24 Works on Paper” is hosted by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, an organization that helps artists realize their potential through education, exposure and funding. Its mission is to support Oklahoma’s visual arts and artists and their power to enrich communities. OVAC is an Allied Arts member agency.

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