Visitors to the Oklahoma State Fair can get a glimpse of what the future of the visual arts holds at the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition, on view throughout the fair's 11-day run at Oklahoma Contemporary, 3000 Gen. Pershing Blvd.
More than 1,000 works of art from 70 Oklahoma schools were submitted for the annual show. A panel of three judges narrowed the submissions to 700. Several winners were then selected in elementary, middle school and high school divisions.
“When the works of art started coming in, our building was completely buried in art,” said Nancy Nortz, creative programs manager for the Oklahoma State Fair. “Along with her team of judges, Julia Kirt, executive director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, had the tough task of going through all 1,000 pieces of art.
“They spent a lot of hours working through that process and then choosing the award winners. Every year we get exceptional pieces of art, but this year we added the high school category, which improved the level of the top pieces immensely.”
Another new addition for 2013 is a scholarship program for Oklahoma graduating seniors who have been accepted into an accredited college or university and are pursuing a degree in any visual art related field.
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Details of the new scholarship program are still being worked out. An advisory committee plans to finalize everything after this year's fair concludes. Scholarship applications will be available in January.