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Exhibit to Feature Works by Renowned Chickasaw Artist

Eskatina
"Eskatina" by Brenda Kinery

Oklahoma City University’s Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery will feature 23 paintings by renowned Chickasaw artist Brenda Kingery, starting next month. The collection, titled “Brenda Kingery: A Retrospective,” spans Kingery’s career and is inspired by her Native American background and her studies with Japanese artists.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9 inside OCU’s Norick Art Center at N.W. 26th Street and Blackwelder Avenue. The exhibit will be at OCU from July 8 to Sept. 6.

A native of Oklahoma City, Kingery has shown her paintings around the world.

“What sets her apart as an artist and storyteller are her extensive travels and her love of all cultures she experiences,” said Heather Lunsford, director of Oklahoma City University’s School of Visual Arts. “Brenda Kingery gives life to her stories with pattern, shape, rhythm and color. She carries other’s cultures forward with these motifs in an abstracted form that highlights and honors their traditions in a way that is very personal.”

Kingery earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and history from the University of Oklahoma. She attended graduate school at Ryukyus University in Okinawa and finished a master’s degree in arts from OU. She was inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame this year.

The Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the summer and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday after July 29. For more information, call 405-208-5252 or email hklunsford@okcu.edu.