NWOSU Art Society Art Show underway, entry numbers up from last year

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NWOSU Art Society Art Show underway, entry numbers up from last year

April 13, 2010

 NWOSU Art Society Art Show 2010
Every panel the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society has is full of art entered by university students, employees, retirees and alumni in the group’s 7th Annual Art Show. Some pieces are being displayed on easels, as well as in enclosed glass cases. The public is welcome to view the art in the J.W. Martin Library during regular library hours through April 24. All winning pieces will then be moved to the Runnymede Hotel in downtown Alva for a show April 26-27.

More than 300 pieces of art currently are on display in the J.W. Martin Library on the campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva during the 7th Annual NWOSU Art Society Art Show. The show is open through April 24 during regular library operating hours.

“This is definitely the largest art show our organization has assembled since we started seven years ago,” Angelia Case, NAS sponsor, said. “I’m amazed each year by the outstanding talent we have at Northwestern, and this year, the public gets to see even more of it.”

There are 319 pieces of art in the show – up 121 pieces from last year’s total of 198. Student pieces total 166 compared to 112 from last year, and in the Employee/Retirees/Alumni category there are 153 on display compared to 86 last year.

“I’m thrilled at the increase in numbers,” Case said. “I’m even happier that we have so many items entered in the Paintings and Drawings categories. And, they’re all so good.

“Judging of the artwork has been completed, and the ribbons are up,” Case said. “Our judges said they had such a difficult time choosing the winners because every piece was interesting and showed such talent.”

Case said that those who entered should know that the judges were very complimentary of the pieces in this year’s show. They commented on the quality, creativity and the stories that the pieces told. They said that the pieces they enjoyed the most, and eventually chose as the winners, made them feel something when they looked at the piece.

Representatives from CORE also have judged the “ReUse, Recycle, Re-Art” entries, and those winners will be announced soon as well.

Case reminded those who plan to attend the show that they have an opportunity to vote for their favorite artwork. Whatever piece receives the most votes, whether it is student or employee work, will win the “People’s Choice” ribbon and $50.

All winning entries will move to the Runnymede Hotel in downtown Alva for a free “Winners Only” art show April 26-27. A reception for the artists and the public will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 26. Guests also are encouraged to vote for the artwork they like best for a “People’s Choice” award during the Runnymede show.

Monies raised by club members this year are used for the more than $700 available to be given away as cash prizes, mostly to student-winners, and to purchase the prize ribbons. The show’s co-sponsor, the Student Government Association, also contributed $250 to be used for the show.

For information about the campus and community art shows, as well as the club, please contact Case at (580) 327-8577 or arcase@nwosu.edu.  Information also is available at www.nwosu.edu/nas-art-show.