Powdered Graphite


PRESS RELEASE: Powdered Graphite, Mar  2 - Feb 25, 2018

Haley Prestifilippo’s highly detailed graphite works often depict ambiguously narrative scenes in which animals are trapped in moments of upheaval and uncertainty.  A native of Augusta, GA, she received her BFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 and her MA from Eastern Illinois University the following year.  She moved to Norman in 2011 and has been overwhelmed by the welcoming attitude of the Oklahoma arts community.  Since that time, she has worked to build a career as well as a family, with the creation of her first solo exhibition coinciding with the birth of her first child in 2013.  She currently teaches classes at the University of Oklahoma as well as at Firehouse Art Center in Norman.  Haley’s drawings range in size from 5”x 5” to 40” x 54” and reflect a culmination of her desire to experiment with graphite, her curiosity about the hidden secrets of the cosmos, as well as a deep interest in baroque still lives, especially the genre of vanitas.