The Edmond Sun

August 30, 2013

Young artists can ‘Dream Big’ at the Oklahoma State Fair

Art auction benefits students


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Leaders in arts and education will join forces on Sept. 11 for the Oklahoma State Fair’s first benefit auction of award-winning works, selected from the 2013 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition. Entries accepted into the exhibition come from more than 1,000 entries of student artists from 70 schools across the state.

The inaugural event — celebrating the State Fair’s 2013 theme: “Dream Big!” — will establish a college scholarship fund for Oklahoma’s most promising visual artists.

The evening will salute the creativity of these young artists and help to establish the Creative Programs at the Oklahoma State Fair Scholarship Fund.

The Wednesday evening event begins with an optional twilight tram tour of State Fair Park the night before Opening Day. A reception featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres and Oklahoma wines will be in the galleries of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center followed by the inaugural auction of top student and professional works in the gallery theater.

Auction proceeds will be shared by the student artists and the scholarship fund. In addition, 100 percent of the sales of works donated by noted Oklahoma artists including Richard Hight, M.J. Alexander, Jack Wells, Harvey Pratt and Nathan Lee will go directly to new scholarships. Hight, a live paint artist, will create his piece for the auction during the reception.

A limited number of tickets for the event are available to the public at $30, in advance only. To purchase, call Nancy Nortz, creative programs manager, at 948-6731.

The more than 700 student entries and winning works will remain on display for the run of the State Fair, Sept. 12-22.

For more information about the auction, visit: http://tinyurl.com/nt29o6b.

Tickets for the 2013 Oklahoma State Fair are on sale now at the Jim Norick Arena Box Office, online at www.okstatefair.com or by calling 948-6800. A convenience charge may apply.