Stillwater News Press

June 15, 2013

Stillwater artist’s work included in traveling exhibition across state

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — A Stillwater artist will be one of 24 people whose work is part of a traveling exhibition across Oklahoma.

Brandon Mitts’ piece, titled “I Kind of Remember Forgetting,” will be featured in “24 Works on Paper,” a display of the state’s best artwork created from paper.

“I was very excited just because it’s a pretty broad scope including everyone in the state that could apply for it and to be one of 24, that’s a pretty big honor in itself,” Mitts said.

Mitts said his work is a smaller piece using paint, pastels, graphite to create something abstract with a theme.

“Even though I do abstract work, there is a theme throughout my work and that theme is that everything in our life is connected,” he said. “Life is a layer of relationships and it’s layers of experiences. Who we are today is based on our past relationships and our past experiences.”

The exhibition will open to the public at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, located at 706 W. Sheridan Ave. in Oklahoma City July 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. It will remain through Aug. 3. From there, the display will travel across Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Associate Director Kelsey Karper said the OVAC teamed up with IAO to bring the diverse group of artists together this year.

“We have a strong statewide connection to artists so we thought we could help build it up by partnering with them,” she said.

Artists from areas such as Bartlesville, Norman, Tulsa, Pryor, Edmond and Hominy are represented.

“A lot of different artistic media can be on paper,” Karper said. “It can include painting, drawing, photography, collage, mixed media; we even have one artist who has cut into the paper and built up layers to have things in front and behind it.”

Karper said nearly 140 artists submitted their work to be considered.

One of the stops on the tour will be Oklahoma State University’s Gardiner Gallery June 28 through Aug. 25, 2014.

“I’m excited that it’s going to be coming back through,” Mitts said. “I’m glad that my co-workers here at OSU will have a chance to see the piece and other artwork as well.”

For more information, visit www.24works.org or call 405-232-6060.