NWOSU Art Society encourages artists to prepare for upcoming show

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society’s 16th annual art show isn’t until spring, but it’s recommending artists wanting to take part get their projects started soon.

The show, which gives NWOSU students, alumni and employees both active and retired a chance to showcase their artistic talents, is held March 3-29 at the J.W. Martin Library in Alva, but entry forms are due Feb. 20, according to a release from the university.

“People here on campus are creative and they have talent, and we do what we can to grow that and also to share it,” NWOSU Art Society sponsor Angelia Case said.

Aside from ribbons and recognition, student entrants also stand to win some money. There is $75 for whichever piece is judged best of show, $50 for the people’s choice winner, and $15, $5 and $2 prizes for first-, second- and third-place winners, the release said.

Non-student entrants are eligible to be awarded ribbons, but the money is for NWOSU student artists only, Case said.

Two pieces can be submitted into each category, which are: artisan crafts, fiber arts, quilts, cartoons/comics, digital art, mixed media and collage, watercolor paintings.

There also are individual categories for paintings depicting animals, architecture, elements of design, portraiture, landscapes and nature. These same categories also exist for works on paper.

Finally, there is the photography category, broken down into 10 sub-categories: animals and creatures, black and white, landscapes, cityscapes, light, elements of design, macro, people, nature and “all other subject areas than those listed,” according to the release.

Participation in the art show has increased over the last several years, Case said. She estimates the show receives about eight submissions for each category.

All completed artwork is to be dropped off at the J.W. Martin Library no later than Feb. 27.

For the best received works at the NWOSU Art Society Show, there will be a winner’s show at the Runnymede Hotel in Alva, during the First Friday Art Walk 6-8 p.m. April 5.