NORMAN, OKLA. (Nov. 15, 2010)-  “The grad students and I selected works that we feel are strong and make sense with the exhibitions concept,” says Liz Rodda, assistant professor with the OU School of Art and Art History. “Of course, it’s great for students to be exposed to new work, but it’s not always easy to know what they will respond to and why. For Smoke & Mirrors, we selected projects that we find to be relevant and thought provoking.”


The University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History present the exhibition “Smoke and Mirrors” opening Monday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 10, in the Lightwell Gallery. The opening reception is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, in the Lightwell Gallery.


Smoke & Mirrors is an exhibition of works that relate to concepts of deception, illusion and the unknown. Projects vary in media and include video, installation, photography, painting and sculpture.


Aaron Finnis, one of the exhibiting artists, will be giving a visiting artist lecture on Monday, Nov. 29.


Artists who have work in the exhibition are: Ryan Thompson, Fillmore, New York; Laurence Payot, UK; Sam Keogh, Wicklow, Ireland; Aaron Finnis, San Franciscom CA; Cathleen Faubert, Norman, OK; Jose Velazco, South Bend, IN; Peter Miller, Cologne, Germany; Jay Hardman, Philadelphia, PA; Jessica Westbrook & Adam Towbridge, Chicago, IL; Carl Ferrero, Brooklyn, NY; Lisa Weber, Mainz, Germany; Liz Murphy; Thomas, Cumberland Gap, TN; John Freeman, Boston, MA; Savinder Bual, London, UK; Lexla Rodriguez, Hamburg, Germany and Roy Menahem Markovich, Telaviv, Israel.


“I haven’t seen a lot of local exhibitions that include such a diverse group of national and international artists,” says Rodda. “I think it’s an opportunity to see what peers are doing in very different places. Hopefully we can remain in contact with some of the artists and develop lasting relationships.”


“Curatorial Practices,” a graduate level course, revolves around the upcoming exhibition “Smoke & Mirrors for which students developed a prospectus and posted it to multiple sites and forums. The call for submissions received over 220submissions from 17 countries. From there, the graduate students and Rodda selected about twenty projects. Graduate students enrolled in the class include Sherwin Tibayan, Lindsey Allgood, Samantha Dillehay, Tara Najd Ahmadi and Katy Seals.


The Lightwell Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and located on the secondfloor of the Fred Jones Center, 520 Parrington Oval, in the OU Arts District!  Please visit for more information on School of Art & Art History and the Lightwell Gallery.


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