2020 - 2021 Exhibit Season
Celebrating 51 Years!
Goddard 50th Annual Juried Show
July 9 - August 22, 2020
All artists are invited to participate in the 50th Annual Juried Exhibit at the Charles B. Goddard Center. Entries will be accepted June 30–July 4, during regular hours of operation. Eligible works of painting, drawing, altered and unaltered photography, mixed media, sculpture, collage, glass, jewelry, printmaking and fiber art leave the artist wide latitude in selecting his or her media choices for the creative process. The cost to enter a piece in the show is $20. Participants are limited to 4 entries. There will be Closing Reception for the exhibit on Saturday, August 22.
Our Judge for this year's exhibit is Danny Bills. Mr. Bills received his BFA in Printmaking in 1994 from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and earned his MFA in Printmaking from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas in 1998. He has worked in the museum field for over twenty years with the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. His responsibilities include programming exhibitions for the museum, securing artwork for the collection, communicating with donors, and managing day to day operations. Mr. Bills is a member of the Mountain Plains Museum Association (MPMA) and currently serves on its board as a Texas state representative. He has presented on a panel at MPMA about establishing community donor based programs to help museums build collections. He is also a member of the Texas Association of Museums (TAM) and presented on a panel about the values of interdisciplinary collaboration.
All entries will receive a critique of the submitted work and those who are juried into the show will be eligible for cash prizes. The first-place winner will also receive a lobby exhibition of their work to be scheduled at the Goddard Center during the next Juried Art Exhibit.
On display: September 1st - October 30th
Reception: September 5th, 6 to 7:30pm
The Goddard Center is excited to invite you and your family to engage with the bold expressionistic paintings of Chickasaw artist Mike Larsen! Mr. Larsen is a painter and sculptor of history. He has been a professional artist for 50 years.
Researching the people and events Mr. Larsen paints and sculpts, he spends much of his studio time in books and on the internet - historical accuracy being as important as his palette. He creates paintings and sculpture commissioned by Governments, Corporations and Individuals located throughout the United States.
Mr. Larsen likes to think of his sculpture as three-dimensional painting. He leaves the marks left by his fingers in the clay as he does the brushstrokes on the canvas, believing that most effectively shows the emotion of a painting or sculpture.
Mr. Larsen is known for his very large paintings, and also for one very tiny one - the U.S. postage stamp commemorating the Oklahoma Centennial in 2007. His love of painting Native Peoples comes from his Chickasaw Ancestry in whose "Hall of Fame" he was installed in 2000. As his work has increased across the country, engaging viewers and moving hearts, so have his honors. In 2015 Mr. Larsen was named to the "Oklahoma Hall of Fame,” and in 2016 he was installed into the "Oklahoma Historian's Hall of Fame.” Mike Larsen's autobiography "Don't Never be Afraid of Your Horses" was published in the spring of 2017.
Perhaps the project closest to his heart is the Chickasaw Nation's Living Elders project: 72 portraits of Elders of the Nation. The commission was begun in 2005 with 24 portraits and has continued with two more groups of Elders. The latest group of portraits were installed at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in the fall of 2019.