OKLAHOMA CITY – 24 Works on Paper, a traveling exhibition of work by living Oklahoma artists, is now on display at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, 1400 Classen Drive, in Oklahoma City.
The 24 Works on Paper exhibition features two dozen works of art created on paper, including media such as printmaking, drawing, painting, and photography. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) offers a digital catalog and education guide available on their website for those who would prefer to view the exhibition from home. A virtual tour of the exhibition is archived online at nbcwigwam.art.
“The Oklahoma Hall of Fame is thrilled to host “24 Works on Paper” as its tour around the state comes to an end,” says Mattie Barlow, Archives Manager and Registrar at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
“The selected works illustrate the versatility of paper and the diverse talents of Oklahoma artists,” Barlow added. “24 Works on Paper is a wonderful exhibit for friends and family in the OKC area to visit this holiday season.”
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 on paper is magic,” said Ahtone. “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,” Ahtone added.
“It was a thoroughly enjoyable process and I am grateful to all the artists who submitted and to OVAC for asking me to participate.”
24 Works on Paper participating artists include 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; and Jordan Wong, Claremore.
The Curator’s Choice Award went to Irmgard Geul, The Forest I Remember and the
Award of Merit was given to Mark Sisson, Portrait of Pouya Jahanshahi: Yearning to Break Free.
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. All artworks are included in a full-color catalog along with an essay by the curator.
24 Works on Paper will conclude its biannual tour at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on January 22, 2022. A closing reception will be held on Thursday, January 13 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Applications for the next iteration of artists will open in February 2022, and the 2022-2024 tour will begin at the Wigwam Gallery in Altus on August 1.
The 24 Works on Paper Tour began August 31 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) in Weatherford. The exhibition has been shown at the Wigwam Gallery in Altus, the Forest Heritage Center Museum in Broken Bow, the McArts Gallery of Fine Art in McAlester, Cherokee Strip Heritage Museum in Enid, TAC Gallery in Tulsa, Spider Gallery in Tahlequah, Centre Arts Gallery at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SEOSU) in Durant, concluding at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
For more information about OVAC’s 24 Works on Paper exhibition and to view the online catalog, visit 24works.org.