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Local artist/educator has one-woman show, “Dark Worlds, New Realities” in OKC

January 09, 2020

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The composite photographic artworks of Ardmore, Okla. artist and Murray State College Professor Emeritus Sharon Burris are currently on display in a one-woman show, “Dark Worlds, New Realities,” at the Inasmuch Foundation Gallery in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Oklahoma City Community College campus.

The show features Burris’s photographs, each consisting of several different photos, shading, and color layers, printed on glossy aluminum. Some photos have as many as 18 different layers. A combination of botanical and architectural images has been arranged to create surreal landscapes and abstracts that allow viewers to create their own narratives for the pieces.

“This medium allows viewers to see different aspects and images in the different layers when they see the work from different angles. I love how people find their own stories in my work,” said Burris.

Burris became interested in photography while in college and worked for more than a decade as an award-winning photojournalist. She has won several awards with her composite photographic works in area and regional shows.

As Professor Emeritus at MSC, Burris continues teaching as an adjunct professor of mass communication in Ardmore and Tishomingo.

“We are always proud to see Professor Emeritus Burris succeed in the world of art and photography.  She is both an inspired artist and treasured mentor and professor for students at Murray State,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel

The show, curated by fellow Ardmore artist Rudy Ellis, will be on display until January 24, 2020.  The Inasmuch Foundation Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7777 S. May Ave. in Oklahoma City. The public is invited to a closing reception on January 21at the gallery from 6- 7:30 p.m.