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24 Works on Paper at Centre Arts Gallery

October 11-15 2021

24 Works on Paper, a traveling exhibition of work by living Oklahoma artists, will open to the public on October 11, 2021 at the Centre Arts Gallery (425 W University Blvd; Durant, OK 74701). The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 1pm-5pm, and during special events. OVAC will also have a digital catalog and education guide available on their website for those who would prefer to enjoy the exhibition from home. Plus, a virtual tour of the exhibition is archived online at nbcwigwam.art.

“Centre Arts Gallery is excited to host 24 Works on Paper. Its richly diverse representation of Oklahoman artists and their individual processes celebrates the perseverance of the creative spirit,” says J. Matthew Freeman, Instructor and Gallery Coordinator at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The 24 Works on Paper exhibition features 24 works of art created on paper, including media such as printmaking, drawing, painting, and photography. The 2020-2022 guest curator is Heather Ahtone, Ph.D., Senior Curator at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City. Reflecting on the selection process, Ahtone said, “Working on paper is magic. Taking beaten pulp that has been pressed flat, and using its naturally textured surface to one’s advantage, requires a certain mastery of the hand and the materials. It was a thoroughly enjoyable process and I am grateful to all the artists who submitted and to OVAC for asking me to participate.”

The guest curator is responsible for selecting all the works for this touring exhibition in addition to the Curator’s Choice and Award of Merit cash prizes. Additionally, all artworks are included in a full-color catalog along with an essay by the curator.

24 Works on Paper will be on view at the Centre Arts Gallery from October 11th, 2021 – November 12th, 2021 before traveling to the last location on its biannual tour, which brings original, contemporary Oklahoma artwork to viewers in communities in all regions of the state. The last stop on the fall 2021 tour of the exhibition is the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, where it will be on view from December 2nd, 2021 – January 22nd, 2022.

For more information about this OVAC exhibition and to view the online catalog, visit www.24works.org.

24 Works on Paper: Tour Schedule

  • August 31st-September 18th, 2020: SWOSU in Weatherford, OK
  • October 5th-November 13th, 2020: The Wigwam Gallery in Altus, OK
  • December 7th, 2020-February 26th, 2021: Forest Heritage Center Museum in Broken Bow, OK
  • March 15th-April 23rd, 2021: McArts Gallery of Fine Art in McAlester, OK
  • May 4th-June 12th, 2021: Cherokee Strip Heritage Museum in Enid, OK
  • July 2nd-July 31st, 2021: TAC Gallery in Tulsa, OK
  • August 10th-October 2nd, 2021: Spider Gallery in Tahlequah, OK
  • October 11th-November 12th, 2021: Centre Arts Gallery at SEOSU in Durant, OK
  • December 2nd, 2021-January 22nd, 2022: Oklahoma Hall of Fame in OKC, OK

24 Works on Paper: Participating Artists

Sarah Ahmad, Tulsa
Matin Alavi, Edmond
Ginnie Baer, Edmond
Crystal Z Campbell, Tulsa
Bryan Dahlvang, Oklahoma City
Emma Difani, Oklahoma City
Liz Dueck, Owasso
Michael Elizondo, Jr., El Reno
Imgard Geul, Pauls Valley
Janae Grass, Tulsa
Terri Higgs, Tulsa
Michelle Himes-McCrory, Stillwater
Nathan Kent, Oklahoma City
Katelynn Noel Knick, Oklahoma City
Carrie Kouts, Oklahoma City
Michael Litzau, Edmond
Nicholas Malkemus, Tulsa
Laurel Payne, Oklahoma City
Eric Piper, Norman
Marium Rana, Tahlequah
Lauren Rosenfelt, Norman
Mark Sisson, Stillwater
Jarica Walsh, Oklahoma City
Jordan Wong, Claremore

Curator’s Choice Award:

Irmgard Geul, The Forest I Remember

Award of Merit:

Mark Sisson, Portrait of Pouya Jahanshahi: Yearning to Break Free