Animalier: The Animal in Contemporary Art

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Animalier: The Animal in Contemporary Art
An exhibition of art focusing on the animal form, sponsored by the Studio Art Program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Curated by Brandice Guerra, Director of Studio Art at Northwestern. The show runs from November 2nd to December 2nd, 2012.

The exhibition will be held at the Graceful Arts Gallery and Studios, 523 Barnes Street, downtown Alva, Oklahoma. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

An opening reception is planned for November 2 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. That evening, the Studio Art Program will also host a free screening of Jean-Jacques Annaud's 1988 French language film, The Bear, in the Graceful Arts rear studio (parental discretion is advised).

An informational lecture by the curator on the history and symbolism of animals in art is planned for November 14th at 5:30 PM in the Graceful Arts gallery.

Admission to the gallery, opening reception, film screening, and curator's lecture is free and open to the public.

69 artists from 12 countries and 19 US states submitted 127 works for consideration. The exhibition will contain 27 works from 21 artists in 6 countries and 7 US states.

Robin Arnold, New Paltz, New York
Larry Ege, Skokie, Illinois
Lemeh Fortytwo, Monterado, Italy
Kirsten Furlong, Boise, Idaho
Gabriel Garcia, Chicago, Illinois
Flore Gardner, Avignon, France
Donald Gialanella, Topanga, California
Ronald Gonzalez, Johnson City, New York
Suzanne Jensen, Montgomery, Alabama
Kristina Knowski, Joliet, Illinois
Kimberly Kwee, Little Rock, Arkansas
Nicolas Lamas, Lima, Peru
Maria Lux, Champaign, Illinois
Heather MacDonald, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Elizabeth McGhee, Laguna Beach, California
Johnny Miller, Chicago, Illinois
Meghan O'Connor, Nashville, Tennessee
I Made Arya Palguna, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
Elisabeth Pellathy, Montevallo, Alabama
Christopher Reiger, San Francisco, California
Andrew Yang, Chicago, Illinois

An art critic first used the term "Animalier" as a derisive title for the nineteenth century sculptor of animal bronzes, Antoine-Louis Barye. The epithet was in keeping with the use of animal names as terms of reproach. The term gradually lost its original contemptuous intention and is now used specifically to describe nineteenth century animal sculptors and broadly to describe any artist who chooses to focus on the animal form. The description of animals, whether symbolic or scientific, has been a concern of artists since the dawn of recorded history. This exhibition is intended to present a variety of approaches to the concepts concerning the representation of animals in contemporary artistic practice.

If you have questions about Animalier: The Animal in Contemporary Art or its supplemental programs, please contact Brandice Guerra at beguerra@nwosu.edu.
If you have questions about the Graceful Arts Gallery and Studios, please contact Kay Decker, Gallery Director, at KLDecker@nwosu.edu.