Epic Stories exhibition at Tulsa's Hardesty Arts Center through April 19, 2015

TULSA, Okla. - March 10, 2015 - PRLog -- The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa announces Epic Stories: forging meaning amidst memory, allegory, and culture, an exhibition of painting, sculpture, collage, video, and installation art opening March 6 and running through April 19, 2015 at the Hardesty Arts Center in downtown Tulsa.  The group show consists of work by Shannon Crider, Kara Hearn, Sunni Mercer, Erin Shaw and Mark Wittig and is curated by Julia Kirt.

Shannon Crider, Kara Hearn, Sunni Mercer, Erin Shaw and Mark Wittig work with a multitude of material expressions. While several of the artists revisit ancient mythology and culture over the ages, others focus more on making meaning within relationships and current societal systems. All infuse buoyancy along with their serious inquiries, although the playfulness is more obviously in some of the artwork than others.

Through assemblages, Mercer establishes a personal lexicon of symbols to create and recreate history. Shaw situates herself into a conversation with characters and themes found in cultural stories across the globe through her paintings. Crider spotlights an overlooked allegorical character to draw out connections across space and time that create personal meaning in her intricately-layered collages. Focused more on the interpersonal, Hearn exalts shared stories and subverts mainstream media conventions in video and interactive performance. Highlighting his own experiences with his learning disability, Mark Wittig examines personal empowerment and societal constructs of literacy through performances and installations.

The last chance to see the exhibition is Sunday, April 19. A public closing reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 from 2:00-4:00pm, during the monthly AHHA Imagination Day for families.

Read more about Epic Stories, including individual artist biographies and show statements online at www.ahhatulsa.org/epic-stories.

The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa is the champion for area arts and culture.  The Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) is located at 101 East Archer Street in the Brady Arts District. Gallery Hours areThursday through Sunday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, First Fridays – 1:00pm - 9:00pm.  More information about the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa and the Hardesty Arts Center may be found online:  http://ahhatulsa.org.

Artist images available upon request.

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