Northwestern student artists, alumni to show work at Graceful Arts in May

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Northwestern student artists, alumni to show work at Graceful Arts in May

May 2, 2016

Brieanna McClure

Freshman Brieanna McClure creates a self-portrait without the use of a paint brush in one of Kyle Larson's visual arts classes.

Seventeen Northwestern Oklahoma State University visual arts students will be exhibiting their work at the Graceful Arts Center through the month of May. The kickoff of their show will be May 6 during the First Friday Art Walk event, 6 to 8 p.m. Joining them in the show will be three Northwestern alumni.

The students’ work was created during the spring 2016 semester of art classes offered by Kyle Larson, assistant professor of art. The classes include Fundamentals of 2 Dimensional Art, Life Drawing and Painting.

“This exhibit will be a showcase of Northwestern visual arts students' research, investigation and exploration of drawing and painting over the course of the semester,” Larson said. “Expect to see an abundance of paintings and drawings that explore various mediums and methods, and work that demonstrates students' search for specificity in what they see and create.

“There will also be an ongoing slideshow of photos showing students working in class so gallery visitors can see what it's like to take visual arts courses at Northwestern.”

The students who will be showing their work, their hometowns, classifications and majors or titles include:

Audrey Amissah, Alva freshman, biology; Gladys Bradford, Dacoma post-graduate; Rachel Davis, Kingston freshman, undecided; Crystal Fraire, Hooker junior, biology; Naicee Gugelmeyer, Alva senior, vocal performance; Rhyan Hagel, Estevan, Canada, senior, history; Abbie Haskins, Medford junior, psychology; Clayton Hill, Alva junior, psychology; Laura Hughes, Riley, Kansas, senior, biology; Tori Hurley, Sheffield, Iowa, sophomore, speech/theatre; Mickey Jordan, Iowa Park, Texas, junior, speech/theatre; Brieanna McClure, Dacoma freshman, psychology; Tiffany Phillips, Alva post-graduate; Dr. Mary Riegal, assistant professor of mathematics; Dr. Jenny Sattler, assistant professor of physics; Alexandria Skinner, Burkburnett, Texas, senior, vocal music; and Ashley Urban, Enid senior, elementary education.

Nine of the above students showing their art from the spring classes are art minors. Those students include Amissah, Bradford, Davis, Haskins, Hill, Hurley, Jordan, McClure and Phillips.

The Northwestern alumni who also will be showing their artwork include Angelia Case, academic projects assistant/media specialist at Northwestern; Rod Dunkin from Alva; and Cuma Heronemus from Wichita, Kansas.

For more information on art classes at Northwestern and how to be art minor, please visit with Larson at (580) 327-8108 or