Tom Toperzer, Todd Stewart, Haley Prestifilippo, and Jason Cytacki


PRESS RELEASE: Tom Toperzer, Todd Stewart, Haley Prestifilippo, and Jason Cytacki, Mar  3 - Mar 26, 2017

Longtime art museum director, curator, and artist, Tom Toperzer will exhibit his colorful non-objective abstract paintings. “I make work which will bring the viewer into a purely aesthetic experience.  The paintings I make are not abstractions of something else, they are non-objective abstractions.  They are merely a combination of mixed mediums I apply and arrange on canvas or panel.”

Todd Stewart began his career as photographer more than twenty-five years ago, working for advertising and design clients in Columbus, Ohio and Atlanta, Georgia. As an artist and educator, his research and creative concerns center on the cultural landscape and focus particularly on intersections of history, myth, time, and perception. In recent years Stewart’s practice has increasingly become interdisciplinary in nature, utilizing a diverse set of strategies and media for both active observation and representation. Stewart’s exhibition brings a captivating look at structures, objects, and landscapes exploring the relationship between nature and culture. 

Nationally and internationally exhibited artist Jason Cytacki, lives and works in Norman, Oklahoma. Jason has received numerous grants and fellowships, including the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Artist Fellowship in 2015, a Presidential International Travel Fellowship in 2015, and a Junior Faculty Fellowship from the University of Oklahoma in 2012. Jason’s states, “My works oscillate between two poles of contemporary cultural consciousness: the push and pull between a longing for an idealized past and the promise of a bright future through technology and innovation.” His works call to mind the secret lairs and hidden places often found in childhood stories of adventure with laboratories, bizarre machines, and winding paths of exploration.

A native of Augusta, GA, Haley Prestifilippo’s detailed graphite works deal with themes of creation, decay, and interdependence. She earned her BFA in 2009 from the University of Notre Dame and her MA the following year from Eastern Illinois University.   Since moving to Norman in 2011, she has exhibited throughout Oklahoma and the US; currently, she teaches classes for all ages at the Firehouse Arts Center in Norman. “In my drawings, the images often collapse into themselves while simultaneously expanding. Living creatures are fused together through some external, often organic force in an instant of transient mortality and uncertainty,” says Haley.