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July 13, 2012

Oklahoma State University's Gardiner Art Gallery's latest exhibit looks good on paper

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Gardiner Art Gallery at Oklahoma State University has opened its latest exhibition. This one has a simple theme — paper

“24 Works on Paper” will continue on display until Aug. 3 before moving on to its last venue in El Reno. The Gardiner Art Gallery is the seventh of eight stops for the exhibit.

Assistant Professor and Curator at Oklahoma State University Louise Siddons juried the art, which was submitted to the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. To qualify, pieces had to be a certain size and be on paper.

Siddons said there were more than 200 submissions which were narrowed down to 24 pieces by 24 artists. She said she selected a group of the best works that also worked best as a collection. Once ready, the first stop on the statewide tour was at the IAO, or Individual Artists of Oklahoma, gallery in Oklahoma City.

“It opened there first in mid-July last summer,” Siddons said.

As for the more than 200 submissions, Siddons said the work was incredibly varied.

“There’s photography in the show, there’s print making, drawing, collage,” Siddons said. “There’s everything you can think of.”

Siddons describes one of her personal favorites.

“One of my favorite pieces is this combination of drawing collage and painting and it’s called Oklahoma Treasure,” Siddons said. “It’s a painting that at first looks completely abstract but then the artist, Michelle Junkin, has a line through the middle of the word Oklahoma cut up of magazines and newspapers.”

Gardiner Art Gallery Director and Associate Curator Shawn Yuan said they are honored to show artists from all over the state with other art institutions in Oklahoma.

“I think this group of art represents a ton of talented artists throughout Oklahoma,” Yuan said.

Siddons agreed, saying she believed this exhibition is great for the Stillwater gallery.

“I think that the range of work in ths show means that everyone finds something that they love when they come to see it,” Siddons said.

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