For many, viewing art in a gallery is about the opportunity to experience something exotic, something distant in either location or time. Famous works of art are prized not just because of the technical mastery involved with producing them but also because they capture the essence of what it meant to be in a particular place at a particular time.
Those are the works and the artists that Nesbitt Gallery hopes to cultivate in awarding more than $11,000 in prizes every other year for the Seven State Biennial, a highly competitive art competition held at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The exhibition of the selected works opened on Oct. 19 with a reception and remains up through Nov. 22.
Students will demonstrate the product of a trimester’s worth of their hard work as they present an evening of opera scenes. The performances are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the Alumni Chapel at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The event is free and open to the public.
The third century before the common era was a busy one.
Rome defeated Carthage twice and established itself as a world power with which to be reckoned. The emperor Ashoka unified the Indian subcontinent under his rule and, for a time, established Buddhism as the principle religion of that land. Just across the Himalayas, Qin Shihuang established the first historical dynasty of China, the Qin dynasty, and began construction on the Great Wall.
And, during the third century BCE, the first historical record of Chinese acrobats can also be found.
Now, some 2300 years later, this rich tradition of music, costumes, dancing, contortions and tumbling returns to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma for a one-night only performance by one of the premier Chinese acrobatic troupes in the world.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats are scheduled to perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium as part of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series (DWPAS).
Alumni Dylan Cavin and Courtney Morton are scheduled to return to the University of Science and Arts on Feb. 28 to speak to students about their art and their careers for the 6th annual Career Lecture Series.
The lecture series is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Room 124 of Davis Hall.
Student leadership expert Chris Collins is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for the fourth annual University of Science and Arts’ Student Leadership Conference beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Davis Hall Amphitheater at USAO.