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The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art has received an Art Works grant of $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support exhibition and program development.
NEA acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants, including the OSU award, as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Art Works is the agency’s principal grant program. The OSU Museum of Art was one of 977 institutions out of 1,592 applicants in this category to receive an award in this round of grantmaking.
“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” Carter said. “Organizations such as the OSU Museum of Art are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create and be inspired.”
The OSU grant supports the interdisciplinary exhibition “The State We’re In: Water” and an arts-based research residency. Created specifically for the museum, the exhibition combines art and science to explore community relationships with water and show how this resource shapes and impacts regional geographies, ecologies, cultures and economics.
“There are so many amazing connections to explore between art and science,” said Carrie Kim, curator of education and public programs. “We look forward to expanding our project with our partners in the Stillwater Public Schools and OSU.”
The exhibition features five installation works by lead artist Marguerite Perret with artist Robin Lasser, exhibition designer Bruce Scherting and OSU scientists in water and food properties management, architecture, the Botanic Garden and plant biology. While in residence, the artists will complete two installations for the museum with community participants. Symptomatic of global issues, the local situations represented in the installations will offer inviting, immersive experiences as ways to think about one of our most precious resources.
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