Categories determined for the Ninth Annual Art Society Art Show, minor changes made

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Categories determined for the Ninth Annual Art Society Art Show, minor changes made

March 13, 2012

Northwestern Oklahoma State University students, current and retired employees, as well as alumni have about one month to prepare entries for the ninth annual NWOSU Art Society (NAS) Art Show. This year’s show is set for April 14-28 in the J.W. Martin Library on the Alva campus.

Entry forms currently are being prepared and will be available soon in print form, as well as online. All forms must be submitted no later than Friday, April 6. All art pieces must be delivered to the Media Services Office, second floor of the library, no later than Wednesday, April 11.

Entries into the art show are free, and each person entering may submit no more than two items per category.

Angelia Case, NAS sponsor, said that anyone who cannot drop off or pick up their artwork as scheduled must make special arrangements before April 6 by calling (580) 327-8577 or emailing . She added that this includes getting entries from the Enid and Woodward campuses.

NAS members have finalized the art show categories with only a few changes, and also have determined this year’s special category -- Cell Phone Photography. Everyone eligible to enter the art show may enter this category and will compete head to head. This special category will adhere to all requirements listed in the Photography Division.
A detailed list and explanation for each category is available on the NAS website at

Traditional Art categories include drawings, paintings, mixed media and cartoons/comics. A change has been made in the Artisan Crafts division. Jewelry has been merged into the Functional Art category. Other categories within Artisan Crafts include Non-Functional Art and Textile/Quilts/Needlework.

One change was made in the Photography category. Because of the wonderful response in The Natural World category, NAS decided to split it into three separate areas. Those entering can now submit photos in Plant Life, Animals and Landscapes. Other photography categories include Black and White, Conceptual, Elements of Design, People, Ranger Surprise, Photomanipulation and Photojournalism.

“We took a look at last year’s entries and saw we had 31 student entries in The Natural World,” Case said. “Our judges had to put wonderful landscapes up against beautiful flowers and great animal shots. So, we thought it was only natural to split these areas apart for better judging.”

All photos submitted must be at least 5x7 in size, mounted or matted, no frames. All other work needs to be matted and/or framed, if framing is possible. Only three-dimensional work is exempt, and it must be labeled.

The art show also will have the category “Reuse, Recycle, Re-Art,” once again sponsored by CORE, where the majority of the art piece must be created from objects that might otherwise go in the trash. It can be anything creative – sculptural, flat, etc. Judging will be based on the piece’s environmental statement with important consideration of originality, presentation and quality of work. Everyone eligible to enter the art show may enter this category and will compete against each other.

All artwork submitted to the show must be made by the individual entering the piece. No kits are allowed. If artwork has been shown in an NAS art show before, it may not be submitted again. Artwork must be appropriate according to university standards.

Students are eligible to win more than $700 in prizes. All winning entries will receive a ribbon. All entries also are eligible for the $50 People’s Choice Award, determined by those viewing the show and voting for their favorite.
All winning art entries are eligible to be on display at a community art show to take place in downtown Alva at the Runnymede Hotel April 30 – May 1.

For additional information about the art show or the art society, visit the NAS website at or contact Case at .