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First Friday Feature: Tour de Quartz comes to Paseo Art Space

Darla Shelden Story by on July 25, 2015 . Click on author name to view all articles by this author. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
Self-portrait by Jasmine Johnson, a featured art work from the 2015 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, will be exhibited at Paseo Arts Space August 5 to August 31.   Photo provided.

Self-portrait by Jasmine Johnson, a featured art work from the 2015 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, will be exhibited at Paseo Arts Space August 5 to August 31. Photo provided.

Staff Report

Oklahoma high school students are displaying artwork at Paseo Art Space (3022 Paseo in Oklahoma City) Wednesday, August 5 through Monday, August 31 in conjunction with the Oklahoma Arts Institute’s Tour de Quartz exhibition.

There will be an opening reception as part of the Paseo’s First Friday Art Walk on August 7th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The students created the artwork during the 2015 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI), a prestigious academy held every June.

The exhibition features photographs and oil on canvas self-portraits and will visit some of the state’s finest galleries as the Tour de Quartz.

During their time at OSAI, students are immersed in one of nine fields taught by nationally renowned artists. Former faculty members include winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Academy, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy awards. The 2015 drawing and printmaking students were taught by sculptor and painter Marc Vinciguerra of Florence, Italy. Legendary photographer Keith Carter of Beaumont, Texas led the photography students.

The Tour de Quartz student artists are selected by competitive statewide auditions, and every accepted student automatically receives a full scholarship to the program. Auditions for OSAI occur from January through early March at locations across the state. For more information about auditions and the program, visit www.oaiquartz.org.

Paseo Art Space is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 12 – 5 p.m. More information about the gallery is available at thepaseo.org or call 405.525.2688. For more information about the Oklahoma Arts Institute or the Tour de Quartz, visit oaiquartz.org or call (405) 605-7500. The Tour de Quartz is sponsored by SONIC, America’s Drive In.

The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, non-profit organization developed in 1977, with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. In addition to the Summer Arts Institute, OAI administers a series of continuing education workshops for adults every fall.

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