Several creative works of art adorned the walls of a local art gallery of arts students near and far, as the Chisholm Trail Arts Council launched local works of art students from Cameron University, as well as works by students from the Oklahoma University of Science and Arts (USAO) on Friday evening.
Alyssa Cox, a junior Duncanite in Cameron, debuted seven pieces for the gallery, including three paintings, two drawings and two prints.
Cox said she loved the time she spent creating different pieces of art.
From the beginning of drawing lessons to Art 2, Cox continued to deepen his art lessons throughout his studies, including working on projects at home.
According to Cox, she began learning about the artistic process in middle school, then eventually became more interested in art as she entered her freshman year in high school. After entering college, Cox found more purpose with art, interests, as well as a better use of art for people to see what art means.
After starting art classes at another college, Cox enrolled at CU where she embraced the art program for the past three years.
“Making these stories that people can relate to or just making pretty pictures that make people feel good — that’s me personally and that’s why I love doing it,” Cox said.
Whether it’s creating art or helping people understand art, Cox not only creates pieces, but she’s also the assistant to Executive Director Darcy Reeves at CCAT.
“Having help on this show with Cameron and the USAO has been really cool to see my comrades and peers working together,” Cox said. “Then seeing USAO stuff from another college, it’s just nice, it’s inspiring to see other people’s work.”
Cox said pursuing her interest in art just makes her happy.
“It helped with a lot of inner emotions, outer emotions,” Cox said. “Then connecting with people — overall, that’s really good.”
In addition to Cox, 14 UC students exhibit a variety of media including oil, watercolor, gouache, charcoal, pastel, pen and ink, and mixed media.
Students presenting artwork include: Michele Pierce, Chattanooga; Krystal Solis, Comanche; Alyssa Cox and Mikael Monsanto, Duncan; Brendan Fletcher, Electra, TX; Jada Lawson, Elgin; Haley Wann, Fort Cobb; Emilee Basham, Andres Cortez, Diane Denham, Kanney Do, Jaden Pebeahsy, Camila Ramos, Kourtney Rice and Sara Scott, all of Lawton.
The exhibition will remain in place until May 26.
The CTAC Art Gallery is located at 810 W. Walnut in Duncan.