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Oklahoma Contemporary expands educational programming with Studio School
More than 50 classes across a wide range of art disciplines offered each session
Feb. 25, 2020 — This week, Oklahoma Contemporary launches Studio School, uniting the multifaceted, community-oriented arts education program from 30 years at its Fairgrounds location with a suite of expanded, more rigorous classes and workshops, inspired by the level of arts programs the center offers at its new, downtown location.
Studio School, whose registration for spring classes is now open, is an integral part of Oklahoma Contemporary’s initiatives at its new 4.6-acre campus at NW 11th and Broadway. The program offers a student-centered learning environment where artists at all stages develop their practice through the investigation of contemporary art and ideas.
Studio School will offer 50+ classes and workshops year-round for adults and teens, ranging from the center’s flagship programs in ceramics and fiber arts to new options like DJ School, Knife Making with Antler Handles and Collage Studio.
Taught by experienced art educators and university faculty, these affordable 10-week sessions will provide a creative outlet for artists of all levels. Studio School has been built as a place to be challenged and explore new perspectives while learning and improving skills, advancing techniques and experimenting with familiar and new media.
Whether participants want to sharpen existing skills or push themselves to try something new, Studio School offers classes and workshops to fit a wide range of interests and experience levels, from teens to retirees and all points in between. Classes and workshops include diverse offerings in the following categories:
- 2-D media
- 3-D media
- Digital media
- Fiber arts
“As a community arts organization, we anticipate that students with a range of skills and experience will come through our doors,” said Adrienne Lalli Hills, associate director of Studio School. “Professional artists will have a place to work with colleagues and instructors to hone their practice, and emerging or non-traditional artists will have a place to grow their skillset and find new ways to express themselves.”
Registration for Studio School’s spring session runs from Feb. 24 through March 22. Spring classes begin March 30. Oklahoma Contemporary members at all levels receive a 10 percent discount on Studio School classes and workshops for the named cardholder and teens in their household. For more information, including a complete list of spring classes and workshops, visit okcontemp.org/StudioSchool.
The new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center opens to the public March 13.
High-resolution images and a Q&A with the Studio School associate director can be found at bit.ly/OC_StudioSchool. Interviews with Studio School leadership or Oklahoma Contemporary staff can be organized through Director of Communications Lori Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org). A media kit for Oklahoma Contemporary’s opening and inaugural exhibitions is here. Past press releases and information are archived at oklahomacontemporary.org/media.
About Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
Oklahoma Contemporary is an inclusive center for the arts where people of all ages and backgrounds can experience art, encounter new ideas and ignite their creative potential. Through visual art exhibitions, performances, public programs, community-building initiatives, outdoor installations and special events, we create opportunities for everyone to come together in celebration of contemporary culture and artistic expression. With year-round classes and camps across multiple disciplines, the arts center's education programs encourage youth and adults to express their ideas across a variety of media and learn new skills.
On March 13, 2020, Oklahoma Contemporary will open a spectacular new center on a 4.6-acre campus at NW 11th and Broadway in Oklahoma City. Our 6,000 square foot main gallery, classroom studios, performance spaces, community lounge, café and outdoor spaces ensure that there will always be something new to see and experience. Oklahoma Contemporary is your arts center. Exhibitions are always free. You are always welcome here.
Oklahoma Contemporary is a regional 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers.
Photo: The Studios building will house many Studio School classes, including ceramics, fiber and metal and wood sculpture. Credit (for this and all architectural photos in the media kit): Scott McDonald, Gray City Studios.