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OCU art gallery hosts social-conscious shows

Jessica Lichtenstein exhibit
Jessica Lichtenstein with part of her exhibit, “Do They Make a Sound?”

The Norick Art Center at Oklahoma City University will open two shows in January with an emphasis on societal improvements - one recognizing the #MeToo movement and the other to celebrate Black History Month.

The center’s Hulsey Gallery will host the works of artist Jessica Lichtenstein in “Do They Make a Sound?” from Jan. 10 to April 1, with a panel discussion about abuse against women at 6 p.m. March 3. The discussion will include Lichtenstein along with advocates from the YWCA.

Lichtenstein’s thought-provoking show, first exhibited in New York City, uses the female body as a mechanism to explore deeper themes of power, female representation and objectification. The work was created in the wake of the #MeToo movement to initiate a dialogue around consent and female sexuality in the modern age.

In honor of Black History Month in February, the art center will host artist Calvin Pressley’s work in “Through to the Other Side” from Jan. 4 through Feb. 22 in the Art Hall Gallery. There will be an artist talk at 6 p.m. Jan. 20.

Pressley is an artist who primarily focuses on painting and drawing. With an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, he currently maintains a studio in San Antonio. “Through to the Other Side” references an unfamiliar landscape with familiar interactions. For this body of work, Pressley shifted his color focus to involve a heavily red palette while exploring abstract human qualities.

The Norick Art Center is located at 1608 NW 26th St. Admission to the gallery is free to the public during its regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, visit the gallery website at