Northwestern art professor to show work at Graceful Arts Center

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Northwestern art professor to show work at Graceful Arts Center

April 3, 2012 

 Two-Headed Hereford by Brandice Guerra
This oil painting of a two-headed hereford is one of the new pieces that will be on display at the Graceful Arts Center in downtown Alva starting with Friday’s Art Walk festivities. The painting will be among others created by Northwestern Oklahoma State University assistant professor of art Brandice Guerra, who will be featured as the guest artist in the Center’s gallery through April 20.

The oil paintings of Northwestern Oklahoma State University assistant professor of art Brandice Guerra will be featured in the Graceful Arts Center as part of the First Friday Art Walk festivities Friday, April 6, in downtown Alva.

The solo show opens Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery at 523 Barnes. Guerra will be there to meet guests and answer any questions. The event is free and open to the public. Her work will remain on display through April 20.

Guerra, a native of Skokie, Ill., which is part of the greater metropolitan area of Chicago, said she will have new paintings, along with some of her recent work. All of her work is oil on panel.

She described her work as “figurative paintings that engage with the themes of natural wonder, oddity and narrative. The work is inspired by American illustration, comics and early modern European painting.”

Guerra began in August as the director of Northwestern’s Studio Art program, a program that had not been active for more than 20 years. Classes offered leading to a minor in art include Fundamentals of Two-Dimensional Art, Art History Survey, Life Drawing, Oil Painting, Natural History Drawing, Illustration, Drawing into Painting, Advanced Painting and Drawing Studio and Art in Life. For a list of classes available in the fall, visit www.nwosu.edu/course-schedules.

Prior to teaching at Northwestern, Guerra provided instruction in the fine art departments of Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at the University of Illinois, she was consistently named on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for every semester of her teaching.

Guerra’s research interests include 17th-19th century European art and visual culture, European and American fairy and folk tales, and American illustration and comics. She has a keen interest in biology, particularly the study of oddities and wonders within the field, and is an amateur birdwatcher. Her current body of work consists of oil paintings that reflect these interests.

She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. Recipient of the Recognition Merit Scholarship while at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Guerra also received the Graduate College Fellowship, Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, Thesis Award, and Brodie Grant while at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

As a professional illustrator of natural and fantastic subjects in both traditional and digital media, Guerra has provided illustrations for nature preserves and museums across the United States. Her series of scientific illustrations for the Living Desert Preserve in New Mexico recently won a Wayside Exhibit Award granted by the National Association for Interpretation.

Replacing Guerra’s show at the end of April in the Graceful Arts Center will be the first Northwestern Artist Scholar Exhibition, featuring work from current and graduating studio art students of Guerra’s. It will begin Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. and will run through Northwestern’s commencement on May 5.

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