NORMAN — For nearly 100 years, University of Oklahoma students have shown off their art at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in a special exhibition.
And this year's 99th annual School of Art and Art History Student Exhibition opens during regular hours on Friday at the museum on the corner of Elm Avenue and Boyd Street on the OU campus in Norman. The day's events include a reception at 7 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow at 8 p.m.
This competitive juried show, held each spring, highlights the diverse works of art created by OU School of Art and Art History students, a news release from the museum noted. Students are vying for multiple awards with cash prizes, including the top honor, the T.G. Mays Purchase Award. The winning students' artwork becomes a part of the museum's permanent collection.
“Each year we are excited to see the work being produced by OU's art students,” said Ghislain d'Humières, director of the museum. “Students offer us a unique perspective through the diversity of their original works. We look forward to welcoming the community to share in this celebration and appreciation of student artwork.”
This year's guest judge is Tony Tiger, director of the arts at Bacone College in Muskogee.
Works on display include paintings, photography, ceramics and multimedia works.
“This 99th year is an exciting time to showcase the talents of our creative students and to observe the fine instruction and guidance by our talented faculty,” said Mary Jo Watson, the school's director, said. “Attendance is usually at capacity and the exhibition is an opportunity for the university family and friends to support the visual arts.”
The exhibition remains on display through Feb. 10.
Admission to the museum is complimentary to all visitors, thanks to a generous gift from the OU Athletics Department.
For information, call 325-4938 or go online to www.ou.edu/fjjma.