**For Immediate Release** OPSU Hosts Senior Art Exhibit Submitted by OPSU BFA graduates on 05/09/2013 Goodwell, Okla.–The art department of Oklahoma Panhandle State University announces Creative Collision, the exhibit displaying the portfolios and senior projects of upcoming fine arts graduates.

The show will be open May 13-15 and May 17 in the Student Union Ballroom on the campus of OPSU for public viewing from 10:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. each day and will be open following the commencement ceremony until 1:30 p.m. on May 18. The artists will host a reception May 17 from 6:30-9 p.m. that offers the public a chance to get to know the artists as they proudly present their work and collegiate achievements.

Creative Collision comes from the unique and dynamic differences in each senior's artistic style. The artwork consists of an array of pieces collected over the past four to five years showing each student's progression and development of artistic merit. In addition to the exhibits, some students have created projects as a capstone for a variety of media. Students will be assessed on their ability to present, display, and defend their exhibit in a professional manner. Between paintings, drawings, hand-built ceramics, pottery, and sculptural works, this show will have plenty to offer the public all in one place. The OPSU BFA seniors would like to welcome all viewers and are anxious to meet and greet the public as they display their hard work.

The OPSU senior artists are listed below.

Darrel Manis is a graduate of Meade High School in Meade, Kan. Taking an interest in art at an early age, Darrel pursued his passion throughout high school and college, developing his unique style of art. Darrel's preferred discipline is painting. Many of his works depict single subjects portrayed in a dramatic artistic style.

Eric Ruiz, from Stratford, Texas native, was born in East Los Angeles. He attended Stratford High School and graduated in 2008. His art is represented in graphite, colored pencil, pastel, acrylic, and oil, depicting athletes, wildlife, and beautiful women in a realistic style.

Hailing from Tucumcari, N.M., the artistic legend-in-the-making, Shayna Nemrow, wishes to become an illustrator/concept artist using her emphasis in drawing. She is graduating with honors and will begin a tour of duty with the Peace Corps later this year.

Benjamin James Smith was born in Elkhart, Kan. and is a graduate of Hugoton, Kan. As a BFA candidate with an education minor, Ben intends to teach art. His artwork is inclined to the surrealistic, with an emphasis in drawing mediums. Ben has also learned to utilize the mediums of ceramics, painting, and sculpture. He is both excited and anxious to use his skills to benefit future students.

Katy Tuttle was born in Guymon, Okla., and raised in various small towns in the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles. She will be graduating magna cum laude, receiving her BFA with an emphasis in painting. Katy enjoys working in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture. Her preferred medium is acrylic with a personal artistic style of impressionistic realism. Katy plans to further her art education by pursuing a master of fine arts degree with a passion to becoming an art instructor at the university level.

Allen Levings was born in Sayre, Okla. and graduated from Hooker High School in Hooker, Okla. He is graduating from OPSU with a BFA with an emphasis in painting. His influences include cartoons, comic books, graffiti, and various modern artists. As a result, Allen works in a more graphic and surreal style. He plans on moving to Norman, Okla. to experience the growing art scene in that area.

Isaac Wyant was born in Pampa, Texas and grew up around Briscoe, Texas, graduating from Fort Elliott Consolidated Independent School District. His artistic style centers on forest landscapes, nightscapes, portraitures, and sci-fi inspired works. Isaac uses realism but has ventured into abstract and surrealism. His preferred mediums include graphite, pastel, acrylic, and sculptural ceramics. Upon graduating, Isaac hopes to become alternatively certified to teach high school art.

For more information about the exhibit, contact David Elder at 580-349-1480 or Brent Shoulders at 580-349-1485.