Good start for art
Juried Art Exhibit to visit PSU
Gretchen Burns | reporter
An art exhibit in the Harry Krug Gallery of Porter Hall is an exhibit created to bring a variety of perspectives and experiences related to the challenges and triumphs of multicultural diversity to the university.
The exhibit, “Transforming Viewpoints,” was envisioned by gallery director Portico Bowman, who collaborated with the Office of Student Diversity to create the National Juried Exhibit.
More than 20 artworks by 20 artists were selected by submissions from artists in the surrounding area expressing the theme of multicultural diversity.
Juror Steve Liggett selected the artwork now on display.
“I’ve judged shows before,” Liggett said, “but this was different because the theme was narrowed.”
Liggett says with most of the shows he has judged, the narrowed theme wasn’t present. He was concerned about choosing artworks that matched the quality and criteria he was looking for.
Liggett was chosen as juror for the exhibit due to his arts advocacy and artist career in the Tulsa community for over 40 years. He received the Harwelden Award for recognition of his art leadership in Tulsa in 2001 and has served as the artistic director for living arts of Tulsa since 1993.
Before announcing the winners of the $100 Friends of the Gallery Award and $100 Roberta Farrell Immigration Attorney Cash Award, Liggett stated that he thought everyone in the show was a tremendous winner for simply being selected as part of the show, though selection was no simple task.
Wilson Borja received the Friends of the Gallery Award and Bob Schultz received the Roberta Farrell Immigration Attorney Cash Award. Maria Lupo received her own solo show. Honorable mentions were given to Wendy Seller, Leslie Barrow, Jini Kim and Cristiana Prado.
Maria Thompson, assistant director of Student Diversity Programs, presented the Office of Student Diversity $500 Purchase Award to Roseanna Hamilton’s “Mother’s Treasure,” which will hang in the Office of Student Diversity.
“There were a lot of great works, and it was hard for us to choose just one,” Thompson said “I have a love of art and want to show that love and share that with our students.”
Thompson has worked with Bowman before on events that brought the two departments together during different heritage months and thought that this might be the next best thing.
Artist Greg Krepps hadn’t exhibited artwork for a while, and says he was glad to be getting back into the scene.
“It’s a good show,” Krepps said. “Getting picked to exhibit was pretty exciting for me. I’ve been out of the loop for a while.”
A new display that is in “Transforming Viewpoints” is digital media. The gallery is showing a film that was created by one of the participating artists. This technology will allow for new media to be brought into the gallery for future exhibits and shows.