Art Exhibit – Student Exhibition "Re(design)ed", through May 2, Hays Art Gallery, Tonkawa

Thu, April 9, 2009

NOC student art exhibition, re(design)ed, is on display now


The annual student art exhibition, re(design)ed, is currently on display through May 2 in the Eleanor Hays Art Gallery, Kinzer Performing Arts Center at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa.  Gallery hours are 1 - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The show highlights the works of the eight graduates of Northern’s art department in addition to some 40 students enrolled in art, photography and computer imaging classes during the 2008-2009 school year.  The 2009 graduates are: Erica Cronin, Blackwell; Chelsea Kilpatrick, Ponca City; Clayton Krehbiel, Deer Creek; Laurie Mach, Waco, TX; James McAlister, Pawnee; Jeremy Merz, Ponca City; Treynor Tetik, Perry;  and Bo Williams, Tonkawa.

An opening reception with refreshments is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 from 5-7 p.m.  The public is invited and admission is free.

The selected art works on exhibit include: watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, sculpture, photography, pastel, pencil and charcoal drawings, pottery, digital images, masks, clay tiles and mixed media works.  Many items are available for purchase.

“This show is the perfect opportunity to buy original art at great prices from talented artists early in their careers,” comments Audrey Schmitz, gallery director and NOC art instructor.  “There is so much interesting work in this exhibition. Over 200 original pieces uniquely express the individuality of the student artists, ranging from realism to abstraction to the surreal.”  

Here is what some the artists said about the NOC art department.  Williams said, “I have really developed my painting and drawing skills and made many strides in producing good art.”

Kilpatrick said, “My biggest challenge has been to get over myself and focus on my work.  I’ve been given the opportunity to develop my skills and gain confidence in my abilities.”

McAlister said, “I like having a challenge in art and when it just “clicks” on how to conquer a project, I know I’ve matured – both mentally and in work ethic.”

Merz said, “NOC has challenged my outlook on art and pushed me to think outside the box.  I have taken advantage of additional opportunities in the community such as painting murals at the Blubaugh Ranch.  I also had three ceramic works accepted in Momentum, a juried art exhibition in Oklahoma City.”

Mach, said “I developed a richer palette of skills as a result of my art classes.  I have been challenged to think outside the box and grow in my ability to produce art.” 

NOC 2009 Art Department graduates, from left to right, are James McAlister, Pawnee; Erica Cronin, Blackwell; Treynor Tetik, Perry; Jeremy Merz, Ponca City; Bo Williams, Tonkawa; Chelsea Kilpatrick, Ponca City; and Clayton Krehbiel, Deer Creek.  Not pictured is Laurie Mach of Waco, TX.  (Photo by Audrey Schmitz.)