High school poetry champion crowned
Competing with more than 1,800 students across the state, Kristine Guerrero, of Lawton High School, won the title of 2018 Poetry Out Loud Oklahoma State Champion at the state finals March 3. The first runner-up was Symone Soap, from Union High School in Tulsa.
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Winners of school competitions advance to the state finals and ultimately the national finals in Washington, D.C.
At the state finals, contestants recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 poems. Guerrero received a $200 award and all-expense-paid trip to the national finals. Her school received a $500 stipend for poetry materials.
For more information, go to poetryoutloud.org.
UCO Jazz Ensemble places first at festival
EDMOND — University of Central Oklahoma School of Music’s Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Brian Gorrell, recently earned first place at the 48th annual Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California.
Trombone soloist Evan Drumm was recognized as one of only four outstanding soloist award recipients.
The ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. March 29 with guest artist John Daversa at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E Fifth St.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to ucojazzlab.com, or call 974-2100. For a list of events and performances, go to cfad.uco.edu.
Native center appoints new curator
The American Indian Cultural Center Foundation recently appointed Heather Ahtone as senior curator. Ahtone began March 19 after serving for more than six years at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art as the James T. Bialac Associate Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art.
Since 1993, Ahtone has worked in the Native American arts community and has developed an international network of colleagues related to contemporary indigenous art and culture. She also is an experienced grant writer and is committed to creating opportunities for a new generation of museum professionals working with Native American art and culture.
For more information, go to theamericanindiancenter.org.
Art exhibit celebrates Youth Art Month
The Oklahoma Art Education Association is celebrating Youth Art Month with other states as part of the National Art Education Association.
The 58th annual Young Talent in Oklahoma High School Art Exhibit is open March 26-April 7 in Garvey Art Center at Oklahoma Christian University, featuring 200 works of art from across the state. Ten seniors will be honored for outstanding portfolios, and scholarships will be awarded. Artwork includes drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking, digital art, ceramics and sculpture.
The awards ceremony and reception is 2 to 4 p.m. April 7. For more information, go to oaea-ok.org.
Gallery presents two solo shows, group exhibit
An opening reception for two solo shows featuring Janice Mathews-Gordon and Carlos Tello, in conjunction with the group show After Hours Part II, is 6 to 10 p.m. April 6 during Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk. The exhibitions will be on view through April 29.
Mathews-Gordon brings a series of abstract paintings reflecting her concern about the country’s deep divides, visual interpretations of the current political climate. Tello is a dynamic and noted muralist, painter and potter using muralism to deliver intensity and profoundness in his work.
“After Hours” part II, an exhibition of professionals who create art after work, will be featured in a two-part group show at The Elms during March and April.
The exhibits and opening are free. For more information, go to jrbartgallery.com.
Theater company seeks actors for Native American festival
Oklahoma City Theater Company seeks actors of all ages and types for its ninth annual Native American New Play Festival, including the featured production of “Round Dance” by Arigon Starr and directed by Carolyn Dunn.
The festival will also present four staged readings of plays written by Native American and indigenous playwrights. Two of the roles require knowledge of the Creek language.
Open auditions are 5 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the Vinita Cravens Lounge at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave. Callbacks are 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Performance dates are June 7-16.
For more information, contact Maya Torralba at 243-0779 or email@example.com.
Free film night features 1990s throwback
Individual Artists of Oklahoma is partnering with the Oklahoma City Film Society and VHSandCHILL for a free monthly film screening.
The first showing will be April 21. Doors open at 11:30 p.m., the show starts at midnight. The film will be a classic 1990s thriller about a three individuals getting caught in a frenzy of lies, love and murder.
Guests must be 18 or older. For more information, go to individualartists.org.
Chamber ensemble brings new and old to concert
Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present the fifth concert of its season, “Old and New,” at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7.
The “old” is Franz Schubert’s popular “Trout” quintet, written nearly 100 years ago. The “new” is a world premiere performance of a striking work by Oklahoma City composer Samuel Magrill, commissioned by Brightmusic.
Admission is $20. Children, students and active-duty military are free with ID. For more information, go to brightmusic.org.
Native American art scholar to give lecture
NORMAN — Bruce Bernstein, a scholar of Native American Art, will give a public lecture at the University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts’ Tuesday Soiree at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 205 of the Fred Jones Center, 520 Parrington Oval.
The lecture titled “Pueblo Painting Ethno-genesis: Pueblo Life and Aesthetics and Development of a New American Art Form” is in conjunction with the exhibition “Generations: The Art of Tonita Pena and Joe Herrera,” currently on display at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
Bernstein will present new, innovative and original research on this art form, which he has been pursuing with Pueblo community members for 25 years.
Admission is free. For more information, go to art.ou.edu.