QUARANTINE: An Online Exhibit
Artists from seven countries on four continents answered a 30-day challenge issued by the McKeon Center for Creativity to create art based on their experiences with the coronavirus pandemic. Artists explored the impact of the virus on their work, their loved ones, and their community. The virtual exhibition QUARANTINE can be viewed on Facebook, @centerforcreativitytulsa, June 6 through July 31, 2020. Throughout the course of the exhibition, the Center will release video interviews with exhibition artists and offer free online workshops that can be enjoyed by true beginners and those with artistic experience.
"We were amazed by the international response we received to this call for artists," said Annina Collier, Dean and George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair of the Center for Creativity. "The diversity of work and perspectives are a good reminder that while the virus is a global phenomenon, the impact on individuals and communities varies tremendously."
Represented in the exhibition are local artists, artists representing four Native American tribes, and artists from Italy, Turkey, Finland, Pakistan, Argentina, and more. Artwork includes paintings, photographs, drawings, digital illustrations, and three-dimensional work. Some pieces are for sale, with all proceeds going to the individual artist.
The video interviews include photos of the artists' workspaces, views from their windows, and discussions about how the virus has changed their lives and communities.
"The interviews are a fascinating look into each artist's world and how their practice has been changed by the virus. Many have found new ways of creating that they expect will influence their creative process post-pandemic," said Collier.
The public can try their hand at creating their own artwork through workshops offered via Zoom. Workshops in self-portraiture, motion photography, and paper art will be offered by exhibition artists. The workshops are free and the supplies required are minimal, but pre-registration is required here.
Friday, June 19, 3 - 4 pm
What Moves You: Photographing Motion with Angela Ambrosini
Have you ever wondered how to take that perfect soccer goal shot or the perfect night shot of moving objects? In this workshop we will discuss how perspective, light, and motion can tell the perfect story and how to get your settings just right. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about any upcoming events you may have and how you can get that perfect shot! Angela Ambrosini is a street photographer and storyteller using the world around her to create emotional connections.
Friday, July 17, noon - 1 pm
At Home, All Alone: An Exploration of Self-Portraiture with Edie Angela Fuertes
Many photographers have relied on the outside world for the creation of their images, but due to COVID-19, we suddenly and unexpectedly find ourselves alone. This is a workshop on the art and process of self-portraiture. In this workshop, we’ll get inspired through asking questions, create a setting, learn self-timer settings, discuss lighting and editing techniques, and discover how to befriend yourself-- as both the photographer and subject of your work. Edie Angela Fuertes is an alternative photographer whose work is built upon healing, reclamation, and a deepening of one’s relationship to their own body-image, environments, identities, and beyond.
Friday, July 24, noon - 1 pm
Paper Filigree Workshop with Antonella Tiozzo
Create delicate and intricate works of paper art using minimal supplies. This meditative art form was practiced during the Renaissance by Italian and French nuns and monks, and the tradition continues today.
Supplies needed: paper, glue, pins or needles (colorful paper is nice, but any type will do!)
This workshop is in conjunction with QUARANTINE, an online exhibition, TCC McKeon Center for Creativity Anyone can create their own Quarantine-themed artwork through three workshops offered via Zoom. Workshops in self-portraiture, motion photography, and paper art will be offered by exhibition artists. The workshops are free and the supplies required are minimal, but pre-registration is required.