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The Great Oxonian Exposition

By Sandra M. Buckley

The Great Oxonian Exposition

We believe that art should be a part of one’s daily life, whether it is displayed on a wall, or worn, or used in some aspect of daily life, and that in this manner it helps — even more — to enrich one’s life. --Greg Belz

The inaugural Great Oxonian Exposition will take place in Oxford September 19-20 and feature 3-D media works of art in metal, glass, clay, wood and fiber in addition to jewelry, sculpture, paintings, photography and more. The event will showcase the skilled work of 23 professional artists from across the south, including Mississippi as well as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee.

“By stressing work in 3-D media, we hope to expand people’s conception of art,” said Greg Belz, executive director of the event’s presenting organization, ArtWorks Foundation, which provides a range of benefits and opportunities for professional artists who are primarily from southern states.

“We feature a great deal of functional art, with the intention of underscoring that well-designed, well-made objects, be they a coffee mug, a lady’s cloak or a chef’s knife, can have as much validity as works of art, as a painting, if they display skill and talent,” he said. “We believe that art should be a part of one’s daily life, whether it is displayed on a wall, or worn, or used in some aspect of daily life, and that in this manner it helps — even more — to enrich one’s life.”        

ArtWorks has presented similar shows in the Memphis and Nashville areas and found extreme interest in expanding to Oxford. “The Great Oxonian Exposition seeks to elevate Oxford’s standing as an arts center,” said Belz, noting that the event is being held on a popular Ole Miss home football game weekend to maximize the audience.

The name of the event ties in geographic symbolism. “According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘Oxonian’ is defined as both an adjective describing something relating to Oxford, England; or, a noun designating one who attends Oxford University,” explained Belz. “They may have overlooked the Oxford in this country, but we consider it as referring to the rare jewel of a town in Mississippi, and use the word in the same sense, but with a decided drawl.”

The event is free to attend, and all artwork displayed will be available for purchase.

“This exhibition should be thought of as a museum,” Belz added. “The fact that one is able to purchase the exhibits is an added bonus.”

Visit www.greatexposition.com for more information.

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