Artwork of Ronna Pernell Featured in State Capitol Gallery

Unspoken Woman exhibition on display November - January


OKLAHOMA CITY: Ronna Pernell, professional fine artist from Oklahoma City, will present an exhibition of 22 new works of art in the North Gallery of the Oklahoma State Capitol. The exhibition, titled Unspoken Woman, will be on display Nov. 16th, 2015 through January 27th, 2016 on the 1st floor of the Oklahoma State Capitol building. A special artist reception will be held on Friday, November 20th from 5:00 to 8:30 pm with light refreshments from Rococo Catering. The event is free and open to the public.

Pernell uses the traditional technique of stippling, which is the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots, to honor the story of all women and women of color. Pernell utilizes white ink on black paper to create her art, filling voids to create forms and faces. Each of her art pieces takes two months or more to complete. Examples of Pernell’s past works are available at

The exhibition will also utilize new technology to provide a recorded narration specific to each of the illustrations. Gallery guest will be able to use their smartphones to hear a description of each work and what it represents to the artist. This multimedia experience will be the first of its kind in a State Capitol gallery. The artwork and narration will be accessible on a show-specific website beginning Friday, November 20th at 5:00 coinciding with the artist reception. This unique combination of audio and visual art was a collaboration between Pernell and wordsmith Barbara L. Eikner of Trabar & Associates, along with the narration of Dr. Melanie Bratcher, PhD. Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma. The website was designed and built by The Golding Group in Oklahoma City. 


Pernell has specific reasons for making this exhibition special. “The Oklahoma Capitol North Gallery provides me the opportunity to empower women – to reach an audience of people that will began a conversation about the future of women in society. Unspoken Woman visually expresses the essence of every phase of a woman’s life from birth to death and accentuates the path in their journey called life. This story and message of this exhibition is autobiographical in some regards, but expresses the lives of many African American women in society.”

Pernell’s Official Artist Statement for Unspoken Woman: This exhibition is not a history lesson or study of tribal activities. It will not unveil secrets of the dark continent left dormant for thousands of years or gender psychologies discovered by some unknown scientist. This exhibition is a moment in time to see/hear the voice of women that are suppressed across all civilizations of the earth yet resonates loudly through the lives of women of color.

Pernell was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Throughout school she engaged in various art classes and attended the Foster Estes Vo-Tech, where she studied Commercial Art and won a “Young Talent of Oklahoma” award. Her acclaimed work was then displayed in the Governor’s Mansion. Ronna’s technique of stippling is self-taught. Pernell is a member of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.


Several celebrities have purchased or commissioned art from Pernell for private collections. This includes Walter “Clyde” Orange of the Commodores music group and a celebrity makeup artist Deida Massey of Makeup Maven. Massey is also Founder & Executive Director of Reel Beauty Inc. Pernell created artwork titled “Double Dutch” specially for the 10 year Anniversary of The Faces of Reel Beauty girls mentoring program. During this event, actress and author Sherri Shepard made inquires about Pernell’s work as well.

The State Capitol North Gallery is open from 8:00 am through 6:00 pm Monday - Friday and 9:00 am through 4:00 pm on weekends. All State Capitol galleries are curated by the Oklahoma Arts Council. For more information contact the Curator of Education and Capitol Galleries Alyson Aitchison.

The Oklahoma Arts Council supports the work of Oklahoma artists in part by presenting 60-day exhibitions of their artwork for thousands of students, visitors, and others to enjoy at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The Council’s mission is to lead, cultivate and support a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all Oklahomans. The Council provides more than 500 grants to over 300 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state's arts and cultural industry, and manages hundreds of works of art in the public spaces of the state Capitol.



For more information, please contact:

Kyle Golding

The Golding Group

(405) 361-4927

Twitter: @GoldingGroup