While attending the University of Oklahoma, and more specifically art school, affectionately referred to as "The Little Red Art School", a group of dedicated and driven artists found each other, began collaborating and forging friendships that would endure a lifetime.
The core of this group became known as the Manifestos. They are Tim Boggs, Ron Franks, Max Maxwell, Kevin Stark and Stevo Wolfson. Between the five nearly every art medium is represented including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, film, video, audio, music and performance art.
All explore various mediums but music was the glue that kept us bound together. We were continually getting together to jam and create freeform music.
Additionally, we were all the same age of 22 in 1980. Having begun college in the fall of 1976 we all shared the distinction of, for one reason or another, graduating one semester later than normal, in December instead of May.
It was determined we would go out with a bang and we staged a one day gallery group show and music performance at the Grover Cleveland Arts Institute in Oklahoma City on 20 December. This was our segue from college into the real world as artists.
The show was a huge multimedia event that showcased all of our various talents and was well received by all who attended.
No one left Norman right away, but eventually over the years most of us moved away in pursuit of our dreams...