Norman artists win travel awards

A memorial fund that honors the late O. Gail Poole has provided awards to four Norman artists to travel to enhance their art studies.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: October 9, 2013
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The Norman Arts Council has announced this year's winners of the newly established O. Gail Poole Memorial Travel Fund for artists.

Poole, an artist, died in April at age 77. His daughter, Nicole Poole, established the fund to honor his memory. The fund is administered by the Norman Arts Council and benefits artists of demonstrated merit and ability, allowing them the freedom and opportunity to travel outside of Norman for their work.

The first to receive awards are Marwin Begaye, Chris Fleming, Debby Kaspari and Craig Swan. Each will receive $500.

Begaye will use his award to attend an international indigenous contemporary visual arts gathering in New Zealand, where he will participate in workshops and exhibits and lead a printmaking workshop.

Fleming used his to cover costs of a three-week workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colo.

Swan plans an artistic pilgrimage to New York City, and Kaspari will pursue a study of plein-air painting at Medicine Park.

How to help

Those interested in donating to the O. Gail Poole Memorial Travel Fund for future awards can call the arts council at 360-1162 or email nac@normanarts.org.


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