FEBRUARY 20, 2008

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USAO artists featured in ‘Momentum’ state art exhibit

Photo of male student posing next to his framed piece of art on display.
James Greenlee, a Bachelor of Fine Arts junior from Tulsa, was one of 11 art students from USAO selected to exhibit art in January’s “Momentum” art exhibit. The annual juried art show, held in Oklahoma City, featured more than 20 original works from current and former USAO art students. Greenlee’s piece, “Pipe Dreams” was selected from submissions from more than 200 artists across the state.

Eleven artists from the University of Science and Arts recently were selected from more than 200 artists across the state to show their stuff at “Momentum,” a competitive statewide art show in Oklahoma City. Seven art students and four alums displayed their original works as part of the juried art show in mid-January.

“It feels great because it’s ages 20 to 30, so you’re not just going against college students, you’re going against artists with masters’ and doctorates,” said Miguel Herrera, an art junior from Sapulpa. “It’s my first professional show, so it’s cool to get in on my first try. I’m very happy.”

“Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still” was held Jan. 16 through 19 in the hangars of Oklahoma City’s downtown airpark. Jackie Knapp, assistant professor of art, said the competitive art exhibit is a great opportunity for both current art students and art graduates.

“Momentum 2008 has opened the door for many of our art graduates and art students as they transition into the professional world of art,” Knapp said. “We are very proud of them all for taking the leap to enter their work into this prestigious show. They have all worked so very hard, fine-tuning their craft and concept, and it is exciting to see them be rewarded for their effort. Not only did we have 11 grads and current students accepted, the most we’ve ever had, but many of them sold work during the short exhibition.”

This year’s selected USAO students include BFA seniors Chris Castor and Maranda Wirtz, BFA juniors Tina Dymond, James Greenlee, Chelsea McClanahan and freshman art major Alexander Tomlin.

Four USAO art alums also made the show, with pieces by Tommy Ball, Jon Corea, Courtney Hunnicutt and Marcie Price.

Last year, 10 USAO students and alumni members showed artwork in the annual exhibit.

“You truly never know what to expect at Momentum,” said Jennifer Barron, co-chair of the art exhibit. “The variety of artwork means that there is something to interest or inspire anyone. And maybe it’s most inspiring to know that all that diverse creativity came out of our community.”

Contact: Randy Talley, USAO, (405) 574-1337