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Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery

The Nona Jean Hulsey Art Gallery, located in the Norick Art Center on the Oklahoma City University Campus, is the focus of the university's participation in the visual arts. The gallery provides a contemporary exhibition space for significant and challenging exhibitions by local and national artists and art organizations. The Hulsey Gallery affords the School of Visual Arts student educational opportunities related to collection management and exhibition of art in a professional gallery.

The mission of the Nona Jean Hulsey Art Gallery is to promote the understanding of and extend the audience for contemporary art, and to present exhibitions that inform, inspire and challenge the public, particularly students of Oklahoma City University. The Hulsey Gallery is an integral part of the School of Visual Arts, and it is used daily by visitors, students, and faculty.

One Year

January 6–February 19

This show features a curated selection of the Instagram diary of Kiona, an Oklahoma City artist and founder of OKC Girls Art School. The posts are her letters of grief and love to her sister Amber, a public librarian in Sacramento, California, who was killed leaving work on December 11th, 2018. According to Amnesty International, more than 500 people die every day from gun violence.

Artist Talk: Virgina Wagner

February 11, 6pm on Zoom


About Virginia Wagner

Virginia Wagner’s work is focused on the conflict between human progress and the natural world. It looks at the impact of a changing climate on human systems as well as our impact on ecosystems. She is interested in documenting the conflicts of our time and asking what can be built from them. Painting is her primary medium. She uses ink and oil paint to play out the tension between order and entropy, contrasting rigid grids with swampy pools and violent spills. Most recently, she has been turning her painted worlds into animations. Raised in a family of biologists, she has a unique perspective from which to observe the psychological and physical effects of our quickly changing planet.

Virginia Wagner is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BA from Oberlin College in Studio Art and Creative Writing and her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art’s Hoffberger School of Painting. She has been granted residencies through the Guggenheim Works & Process (NY), Brush Creek (WY), Byrdcliffe (NY), VCCA (VA), the Edward Albee Foundation (NY), Jentel Foundation (WY), Ucross (WY), Vermont Studio Center (VT), and Yale Norfolk (CT), and received the 2016 Lotos Prize in Painting. Her portrait series was featured on BBC Radio’s The Cultural Frontline and in a short documentary entitled The Gender Line. Wagner is Co-Founder of the online journal Painters on Paintings and currently teaches hybrid visual art and creative writing courses at Pratt @virginiawagner