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OCU Hosts Renowned Guest Artist

by Rod Jones

Oklahoma City University will host world-renowned artist Rick Berry for a special exhibit, presentation and workshop in January in the Norick Art Center on N.W. 26th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.

Berry will give a public presentation at OCU at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and will lead a workshop for artists, teachers and students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 22. Registration is required for the workshop.

The Norick Art Center will host a reception for his exhibition from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

Berry is primarily an expressionist painter of human figures. His works are in private collections around the world including those of authors Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin. His art is also in several museums and galleries including Italy’s Lucca Museum of Contemporary Art.

He is credited with creating the first-ever digitally painted book cover, which he did in 1984 for William Gibson’s “Neuromancer.” Berry also created the album artwork for an Amanda Palmer record and a series of large oil paintings for the set of a stage production of the musical “Cabaret,” which won an award from the NY Society of Illustrators. Berry has created pieces for many other books, comics and anthologies of contemporary illustration.

Berry gives public presentations to provide practical advice on how one can use art to “see beyond conscious mind to release the cognitive powerhouse for making discoveries and resolving conflict.”

Read more and see some of his work on his studio website at rickberrystudio.com.

Registration for the workshop at OCU is $200 or $100 for college students. For more details or to register, contact artist-in-residence Mike Wimmer at [email protected]or call 405-329-0478.

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