n't as good as it should've been," said Jeff Stokes, executive director for the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery. "We felt like we really had to pump up the integrity."
Last year, 85 pieces were selected from 150 submissions, but only 45 pieces were chosen from 175 entries for this year, Stokes said. The smaller selection of artwork, he said, is due to a more discerning juror, Curtis Jones.
"He tried to focus on a smaller package with higher quality," Stokes said.
Jones has an extensive art background in printmaking and graphic design. A graduate of the University of Washington and the California College of Arts and Crafts, he currently teaches art at the University of Oklahoma.