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An array of mannequin arms, legs, torsos, heads, hands and feet are being turned into works of art by such Norman luminaries as University of Oklahoma President David Boren, award-winning clothing designer Kayne Gillaspie, Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal and 1969 Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens – all to raise funds to enable The Performing Arts Studio to continue to provide superior fine arts programming to the community.

The project, called “Body of Art,” will be on display April 1-16 before the pieces are sold at auction on April 17. Both the exhibition and auction will be held at the PAS’s home, the historic Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave.

“Our goal was to do something that no one in Norman has done before and involve the entire community,” said Sharon Moody, Body of Art Committee chairman and a member of the PAS Board of Trustees. “We are thrilled that so many Norman leaders enthusiastically agreed to participate as guest artists.

“We want the artists’ creative spirit to flourish,” she added. “They can decorate their mannequin part however they wish – with paint, ink, clothing, decoupage or even tattoos if they wish. The only rule is that they sign their work, because all great artists do!”

Boren’s art piece is a male hand and Gillaspie’s is a female head and torso. Rosenthal is working on a pair of women’s arms, while Owens is tackling a pair of male legs. Other guest artists and their “body parts” are:
 

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Kayne Gillaspie (photo by Jonathon Lunardi)
• Jennifer Baker, Sooner Theatre (female legs)
• Steve Calonkey, Mr. Roberts Furniture (female torso)
• Douglas Shaw Elder, Firehouse Art Center (male leg)
• Rick Fry, Norman Arts Council (male head and torso)
• Charles Hollingsworth, Arvest Bank (male torso)
• Richard McKown, Green Earth Designs (head)
• Newt Mitchell, Mitchell’s Jewelers (female arm)
• Chuck Thompson, Republic Bank & Trust (male arm)
• Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman (male leg)
• Kathryn Jenson White, University of Oklahoma (male feet)
• Kim Zahller, Norman Public Library (female hands)

The Body of Art exhibition will kick off with a reception for the artists April 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

The auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 17. The evening will begin with a preview and “meet the artists” reception at 6 p.m., with the auction slated for 8 p.m. Tickets are $50.

All auction proceeds will support The Performing Arts Studio and its programs, which include the Summer Breeze and Winter Wind concert series, as well as jazz concerts, senior theatre, poetry readings, art exhibitions and special events for children and families.

To purchase tickets to the auction or for more information about “Body of Art” or the PAS, call 307-9320.