NORMAN — University of Texas at Austin art professor Michael Ray Charles will serve as the primary juror for the 100th edition of the University of Oklahoma's student art show.
The School of Art and Art History's annual show will be a special centennial celebration when it opens Jan. 14 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave. A public reception for the artists will be at 7 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. awards ceremony.
This competitive, juried show is held every spring semester to highlight the diverse works of art created by the art and art history students.
Charles will visit OU in January to work one-on-one with graduate students and critique their work. Charles also will select specific works from the exhibition for cash prizes, including the top award, the T.G. Mays Purchase Award, offered to a student whose artwork becomes a part of the museum's permanent collection.
Charles earned his bachelor of fine arts from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., and his master's degree in fine arts from the University of Houston. He was one of the first artists featured in the PBS series “Art 21,” which chronicles the top contemporary art and artists of the 21st century.
Charles will give a lecture in conjunction with the centennial show. He will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the museum.
Also in conjunction with the student exhibition, the School of Art and Art History will host an exhibition of alumni work, which will be on display in the school's Lightwell Gallery from Jan. 13 to Feb. 14.
OU School of Art and Art History alumnus Sterling Gates will visit the campus to speak with students and the community about his work, his time at OU and his career after graduation. Gates earned his bachelor of fine arts degree at OU in 2005, specializing in film and media arts.
He has gone on to work as writers' room production assistant on TV's “Blade: The Series,” and later became assistant to comic book industry professional Geoff Johns. Gates lives in Los Angeles and writes “Justice League of America: Vibe” every month and is working on a novel.
Gates will speak at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at the museum.