Sunday, September 17, 2017

  • Friday, September 1, 2017 (All day) to Friday, September 22, 2017 (All day)

    Artist Statement

    Various approaches are used by artist and scientist to study forms and surfaces as they seek to explain and define our natural world. They both examine what exist tangibly in an attempt to add to our understanding and our experience of the universe. My interests are in technical and material experimentation, visual analysis and botanical and scientific observation of substructures and surfaces.

    Through exploratory processes and investigations into the materials inherent physical qualities, rather than a predetermined composition or plan, I develop works that culminate from change and progression. My approach to the material is responsive to its innate properties. The development becomes the conceptual basis, the building and layering in creation reflects the growth of the natural forms that I am influenced by.

    In the process of creating multiple pieces there is a convergent evolution in appearance. While each is distinct and unique many share similar traits through form, construction and surface qualities. These works mirror elements of existing organic life and combine synthetic and non-traditional materials to create a tension between the definable and the indefinable.


    Elizabeth Brown Bio

    Elizabeth Brown is a sculptor and mixed media artist serving as a Professor of Art at the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Fine Art & Design. She is known for her biological abstraction of forms rich in surface and color. Her current work focuses on organic sculpture using synthetic materials that reference natural shapes and surfaces but remain elusive in their definition.

    Ms. Brown received her BFA in Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design. Through RISD’s European Honors Program she spent her final year in Rome, Italy, with intensive study of studio art and art history. She received her MFA in Fibers at Arizona State University.

    Ms. Brown is an active volunteer and advocate in the local arts community. She has served as a trustee at numerous non-profit art spaces in downtown Oklahoma City. Currently she serves on the board of Individual Artists of Oklahoma and works closely with them on their programing and fundraising.

    Her work has been shown in such places as Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO, Central Museum of Art & Design, Edmond, OK, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA, The Machine Shop Gallery, Washington, MO, The Santa Fe Gallery, Gainesville, FL, The Piazza Cenci 56, Rome, Italy, and in New York at HEREArt, ABC No Rio, and Gallery 128.

  • Friday, September 1, 2017 (All day) to Friday, September 22, 2017 (All day)

    Dr. Haley D. O’Brien (lead curator)

    Perceived Contrasts is a month-long exhibition of paleontological and anatomical images presented as fine art, along with featured works by professional artists who draw inspiration from scientific imagery. The major goal of this exhibition is to break down perceptions about scientists and the process of science, beginning with basic misconceptions that scientists are not creative or that critical/analytical thinking does not require creativity. Much of the work scientists do remains enigmatic to the public, rendering it difficult to directly relate to pop-culture expectations of science. Through an avenue of art, we will introduce gallery patrons to scientific concepts, such as gradual anatomical changes through time, and processes, such as how inferences are made about the behavior, ecology, and appearance of extinct animals like dinosaurs. The central theme of “contrast” is a reflection of a broad array of concepts we hope to address, including the perceived contrasts between: science and art; the presumed scientific process and the reality of conducting science; scientists in popular opinion and real life; the traditions and technological advances of science and scientific illustration; the expected obsolescence and enthusiastic renaissance of paleontological and anatomical sciences through new and vibrant imagery; and the literal contrast media that anatomists and paleontologists use to create beautiful, detailed images of their subjects.


    By focusing on what motivates scientists, alongside accessible explanations of the science itself, we explicitly intend to break the stereotype that science is unobtainable or somehow apart from the community-at-large. Perceived Contrasts is a unique opportunity for bringing vibrant science to a vibrant community.


    The artists.


    Current "Contrast" participants include evolutionary biologists and biomedical scientists at Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS). This is a preliminary list of researchers interested in contributing works.

    Dr. Haley O'Brien is a professor of Neuroscience at OSU-CHS, and has called Tulsa "home" for the past year. Dr. O'Brien studies the evolution of arteries in large game mammals, like pronghorn antelope, elk, buffalo, and deer. She captures bright, tortuous arterial trees and their ghostlike skeletal surroundings using CAT-scanning and computer modeling, creating deeply haunting windows under the flesh of the familiar. Dr. O'Brien has contributed several such images of her research to Living Arts' Champagne and Chocolate in 2015.




    Dr. Holly Woodward Ballard is a professor of Anatomical Sciences and Vertebrate Paleontology at OSU-CHS. She uses paper-thin plates of 80-million-year-old bone to discover how dinosaurs lived and grew. When dinosaur bones are highly polished and viewed under a special polarizing microscope lens, they become serpentine, technicolor constellations. The provided image is a section of the bony femur of a Tyrannosaurus rex-relative.


    Dr. Paul Gignac is a professor of Anatomical Sciences and Vertebrate Paleontology at OSU-CHS. His research spans centuries of scientific knowledge- combining tissue staining methods from the early 1800's with the latest in X-ray technologies to produce high-contrast sections of snake, bird, and mammal heads that are reminiscent of the most dramatic applications of aquatint intaglio prints. His scientific illustration is currently on display in the gallery of the Royal Society of London.


  • Friday, September 1, 2017 (All day) to Friday, September 22, 2017 (All day)


    I’m consumed with the relationships between what we choose to manufacture for purchase; the resources that we deplete in order to fulfill a temporary desire; and the physical, intellectual, and emotional energy and attention that we choose to give to all of these concerns.

    Through the personal accumulation of materials, over time I cultivate paper, plastic, foam, and other matter, into meditative, imaginary landscapes, and abstract fields of pattern and color.

    These large, vibrant, site-specific works are at once seductive and unsettling, encouraging viewers to consider their personal relationships to consumer culture and the environment in the 21st century.

    - Carrie Dickason, Tulsa Artist Fellowship Artist


    Artist Bio

    Carrie Dickason’s experimental work is influenced by observations of nature, combined with interests in the constructed environment and consumer society. She develops patterns and systems using familiar materials ranging from spray paint, tape and plastic packaging, to automotive leather and foam. This palette develops from her daily life and a variety of materials and experiences in jobs such as hand-woven carpet preservation and automotive interior work. Dickason earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her work has been supported by the Corporation of Yaddo; the Santa Fe Art Institute; and Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd School of Architecture. Carrie lived in the Detroit city of Hamtramck for five years, while working at the luxury automotive trim shop, HOF Designs. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Denver, Columbus, Toronto, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Detroit, Hamtramck, among others. In January 2017, she moved from Johnson, VT, to Tulsa, to join the Tulsa Artist Fellowship program.

  • Friday, September 1, 2017 (All day) to Friday, September 22, 2017 (All day)

    Join us for these In-Quest: Aesthetics of Research Exhibition Events:


    •September 1st: 5:30pm; Exhibition Preview with Ashley Hall- Outreach Specialist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History


    •September 7th: Science Cafe: Dino-Night

    Panel discussion featuring Perceived Contrasts exhibiting artists

    6-8pm; Bar opens at 5:30pm


    •September 21st: In-Quest Exhibition Conversation

    Interdisciplinary conversation with Dr. Haley D. O’Brien, Carrie Dickason, and OSU Professor Dr. Paul Gignac. 6-8pm; Bar opens at 5:30pm


    The following 3 shows are part of the In-Quest: Aesthetics of Research Exhibition.

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