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"REBEL REBEL" art exhibition showcases every medium of art

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REBEL REBEL, a one-night exhibition featuring fine art, performances, and vendors will be held Friday, Dec. 8 at Resonator in Norman.
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NORMAN, Okla.--  Most people agree art is more than framed canvases in museums.  But what do you get when you mix artists in every medium like painting, sculpture, video, ceramics, fashion, performance, drawing and …. skateboarding all into one show?  You get Rebel Rebel, a unique exhibition during Norman’s Second Friday Art Walk, Friday, Dec. 8, from 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the Resonator Institute, 1010 N University Blvd.

“There is a little bit of everything in this show.  We have Chicano Art next to Feminist Art.  We have Race Art. We have every possible type of art,” said AnnaVittoria Connor, curator.

Connor, a printmaking graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, said the show was born out a rebellious spirit to have an exhibit without admittance requirements - seasoned artists beside brand new artists and in a kaleidoscope of media.

Connor said most galleries will not tolerate a show like Rebel Rebel, saying they may consider the variety “tacky”.

The show will feature over 30 artists, 25 vendors and three bands from Texas. Connor expects a significant response to the show. 

“With us [participants] alone, we will already have kind of a motley crew,” Connor said.

Artists and participants at a recent exhibition. (Photo provided)

She said the show is also an opportunity to grow as an artist community in Norman and in addition to being an enriching experience for art lovers, the artists themselves will have a unique opportunity for networking and peer critique.

Part of the proceeds from the event will support the Resonator Institute. Admittedly not on the normal walking route of galleries in the Norman Art Walk, Connor said Resonator is known for free-spirited artistic exhibition.

“It is very hard for new artists to show without a place like the Resonator. But how else do you learn how to exhibit your work?” she said.

Connor said she has been curating shows in Texas long before arriving at the University of Oklahoma and she loves the process of creating interesting art showcases such as Rebel Rebel.

The show is the namesake of a song by David Bowie; since Bowie and Prince both died, Connor explained she has wanted to find a fitting tribute. She said the song was indicative of the spirit of the show as it has come together. The show is family-friendly, and cash is encouraged for vendor purchases. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Rebel Rebel Facebook page. 

REBEL REBEL Art Exhibition
Friday, December 8th, 2017 6:00pm
1010 N University Ave
Norman, OK 73069
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