Art in the Gardens
Virginia Sitzes: Navigating Back to My Birthday Suit
- December 3 – January 12, 2021
Virginia Sitzes is a printmaker, painter, and muralist living in Oklahoma City. She has exhibited regionally taught workshops, been the drawing and painting liaison at Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, and is also a printmaking mentor for Artspace at Untitled’s high school mentorship program. In addition, Sitzes is an active arts organizer, co-founding the emerging artist collective, Art Group OKC in 2017, and serves as operations coordinator for the Connect: Collect international print exchange. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Sitzes earned a bachelor’s degree in printmaking in 2017.
“I am primarily a printmaker, however, I like to experiment—start with a blank slate and gradually add a screen print, some paint, and other various elements are chosen intuitively. I love the risk involved in not knowing how certain elements will respond to each other, and the pleasure of witnessing new colors and shapes emerge. I am always collaborating, both with my community and fellow artists and with my tools – making space for what each one might provide.”
Still Here: The Cosmology of Black Resilience An Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition
“We come together as Black artists to acknowledge our place in the African diasporic continuum as flesh, blood, and spirit. Looking at the past, present, and future, our work asks the maker and the viewer, ‘What does it mean to be Black and resilient?’ We improvise to survive. We improvise to thrive. This is how we understand our place in the cosmos.”
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Sculpture Addition to the Children’s Garden
“Friendship” Sculpture: Well-known Boston artist, Nancy Schön, has captured the true nature of friendship in this bronze sculpture of two prairie dogs on display in the Children’s Garden.
Story Teller Chair
“Storyteller’s Chair” Sculpture: Oklahoma City artist, Don Narcomey, created this Sculpture with bois d’ arc wood (Osage Orange), an extremely hard and decay-resistant wood used in the past for fence posts and bows to shoot arrows. It is a magical addition to storytime in the Children’s Garden.
Gold Fish Sculpture
“Goldfish” Sculpture: This Texas Cream Limestone sculpture measuring approximately 18” x 4’ x 5’ 10” displayed on the lake level is a Fancy Tail Goldfish. This sculpture was created by Oklahoma City artist, Kendall Howerton.
“Gateway” Sculpture: Artist Hans Van de Bovenkamp created the 14-foot red abstract sculpture as a means to connect the organic forms of nature with urban architecture and the environment. You can find this sculpture in the northwest corner of the Gardens.