Tour de Quartz is a selection of artwork created by Oklahoma high school students during the 2008 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Under the direction of world-renowned artists, students are immersed in one of nine artistic fields during their two-week residency at Quartz Mountain. The 2008 drawing and painting students were taught by Isak Applin of Chicago, Illinois. Huntington Witherill of Monterey, California taught the photography students.

Tour de Quartz features many styles of paintings including self-portraits, landscapes and still life’s. About half of the exhibition is comprised of student photography. The black and white and color photographs represent a great variety of subject matter, with an emphasis of the people and scenery of southwest Oklahoma.

Summer Arts institute students are selected by competitive statewide auditions, and every accepted student automatically receives a full scholarship to the program. Auditions for the 2009 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute begin in January at locations throughout the state.

The Lachenmeyer Arts Center is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday & Friday and 6:00 to 9:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free. Tour de Quartz will be on display through Thursday, September 4, 2008. The Lachenmeyer Arts Center is located inside the Cushing Youth & Community Center at 700 S. Little Ave. More information about the art center is available by calling 225-7525. For more information about the Oklahoma Arts Institute or the Tour de Quartz, visit www.oaiquartz.org or call 405-321-9000.

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