Oklahoma Christian University will host the first annual Mabel Bassett Refrigerator Art Show on Tuesday, March 28 at 3 p.m. in the art gallery of the Garvey Center. The art on display was created by Oklahoma Christian’s incarcerated students in the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center.
Twenty students made two art pieces each in their Gospel of Matthew class taught by Philip Patterson, Distinguished Professor of Mass Communication. The artwork’s theme is ‘God is Love’ and incorporates the show’s title, ‘Faith, Hope and Love.’
All forty drawings will be displayed with print copies available for attendees to take home.
“We’re hoping people will pick their favorite art piece and post it somewhere where they can see and pray about it,” Patterson said.
Each art piece features a biography of the artist. One student shared her hope for life after prison.
“In the future, I would like to try and make a difference in the lives of other people who are coming out of prison with nowhere to go,” she wrote. “I would like to open a sobriety house and a bakery.”
She continued to share the impact of the H.O.P.E. Institute on her life.
“Going to college has opened my eyes to a lot of new opportunities I thought I would never have,” she wrote. “I have learned to use my voice to speak in front of people for the first time. The professors have encouraged me to know my own self worth.”
This art will also be showcased at the Celebration of Excellence on April 17 and at the Associates Dinner on April 20.
Patterson shared his thoughts on raising awareness of the H.O.P.E. Institute with Oklahoma Christian’s on campus students.
“Students are always excited when they understand they have 20 OC students they’ve never met who are behind bars and trying to do the very same thing you’re trying to do, which is get a college degree,” Patterson said.