‘108th Annual School of Visual Arts Student Exhibit’ Opens at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art | Culture


The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is hosting its 108th Annual School of Visual Arts Student Exhibit.

The exhibition opened on January 27 and will run until March 20, featuring 70 works by 48 students.

Taylor Martinez, studio art junior, presents two paintings in the exhibition. The first is called “Golden Girl, the Modern Woman”, which “is not just about my Cherokee heritage, but also the Cherokee heritage of all other women from past to present”.

“One is called Neighborhood Mind Games, which is based on a neurologist who discovered he was a psychopath by studying his brain scans,” Martinez said.

Martinez said a committee of principals, teachers and a guest juror decided what to feature.

This year’s guest juror was freelance curator and author Jennifer Scanlan, who reviewed more than 150 submissions for the exhibit, according to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art website.

Scanlan has more than 20 years of curatorial experience with practices focused on contemporary art and design, according to the Oklahoma Visual Arts Commission. Scanlan moved to Oklahoma in 2016 after 16 years as an independent curator in New York.

Martinez said there were student rewards in the exhibit, such as the ability for a student’s piece to be added to the museum’s permanent collection.

Martinez said it was exciting to exhibit his pieces.

“I think I probably texted all of my extended family about my art at the museum. It’s really fun to know that your work is in a museum that people can go and see,” Martinez said.

The student exhibit is on view at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from January 27 through March 20. The exhibition is free for all.


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