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Where research and art meet: Washed Up:

Washed Up ArtThe Oklahoma State University Museum of Art is presenting a multimedia arts-based research project that explores water quality and security. Washed Up opened Jan. 8 and continues through March 9 and includes a special OSU Research Week reception from 4 pm to 6 pm at the museum Feb. 20.

According to the museum, “Washed Up contrasts photographic images of aquatic fossil specimens from the Permian and Cretaceous eras with a collection of objects recently found on Oklahoma and Kansas shorelines. The local perspective fosters a wider understanding of how regional geographies, ecologies, cultures and economies are affected by water.”

The exhibit is the work of artist Marguerite Perret, an associate professor of art at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

“Art helps us to see objects and issues in a different light or makes us aware of things we’ve not seen before,” said Dr. Kevin Wagner, director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Center and OSU associate professor of plant and soil sciences. “That’s what we need right now to help solve the complex water issues of today – a different perspective to help us see possible solutions we haven’t seen before. 

All exhibitions and events at the museum, 720 S. Husband Street, Stillwater, are free and open to the public. Learn more.