Rose State College students stand out at Momentum OKC 2015

By Casey Hunter

Student Reporter —

Momentum OKC 2015 was held March 6-7 at the Famers Public Market, displaying artwork by RSC alumnus Randall Barnes and current RSC student Madison Moody; RSC art professor Suzanne Thomas served as emerging curator.

As a spotlight artist, Barnes had an installation comprised of art that was fuelled and inspired by working for the Oklahoma City Police Department as a supervisor of the Graffiti Removal Unit, he said.

“We would paint the same places repeatedly,” he said. “We would create several layers of paint.”

That experience, along with influence of Kung Fu, film, music and literature, inspired his work, he said.

Motivated by ancient Egyptian mythology, Moody said her work depicts famous people such as Mark Twain with animalistic features. Both pieces Moody showcased sold during the members’ preview.


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    Photos by Taylor Davis


“I am very excited to have had this opportunity,” Moody said. “I have never done anything to this scale before.”

“In elementary I always remember doodling in the margins of my notebook paper,” she said. Moody began to create art even before elementary school. “My mom says that she can pretty much pinpoint it to when I was 2 years old.”

    Scott A.F. performs at Momentum on March 6.

Both Barnes and Moody received the Francis White Hughes Scholarship while at RSC. Moody said she plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma where she will pursue a degree in Fine Arts. Barnes was an art major at RSC and “recently graduated from OSU-Stillwater with a bachelor’s in Fine Arts,” he said.

Thomas served as emerging curator. She said she assisted in choosing art, organizing and working with other artists for this year’s show.

“I knew that in effect it would help me as an artist,” she said. “If I knew how it worked on both sides of the fence, then that would help me.”

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