Teapots and Comics Headline Pair of Exhibits Opening at UCO Feb. 27

The exhibit “Get Your Geek On: Celebrating Art in Anime, Comics and Video Games” will feature University of Central Oklahoma design student Riko Matsuoka’s “Goldfish Princess.” The exhibit is one of two opening Feb. 27 at the university.

Feb. 12, 2014

Media Contact: Angela Morris, Staff Writer, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, (405) 974-3752, amorris11@uco.edu

TEAPOTS AND COMICS HEADLINE PAIR OF EXHIBITS OPENING AT UCO FEB. 27

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) will open a pair of exhibits Feb. 27 featuring artistic expression through unique media.

“I’m a Little Teapot” will open with a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Donna Nigh Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the Nigh University Center.  The exhibit showcases wire teapots developed by Central freshman graphic and interior design students who were tasked with depicting an emotion in their teapot design.           

“Students chose a variety of emotions: love, desire, joy, infatuation, passion,” said Amy Jacobson-Peters, instructor of design.           

Students produced several concept sketches, a process that enhanced their creative and analytical skills, built their design vocabulary and introduced the different emotions curves convey.           

“Producing these teapots is a fun way for students to learn fundamental techniques of design,” concluded Jacobson-Peters.

From teapots to animation, the exhibit “Get Your Geek On: Celebrating Art in Anime, Comics and Video Games” opens the same evening with a reception from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Melton Gallery, located in the Art and Design Building.             

“Get Your Geek On” is modeled after Comic-Con, a popular convention that caters to more than 130,000 visitors and celebrates everything related to anime, comic books and video games.    

“With ‘geek’ culture growing in popularity throughout the U.S., I thought it would be cool to honor the culture right here at UCO,” said Shikoh Shiraiwa, exhibit curator and CFAD Galleries and Museums service representative.

The exhibit will feature both traditional artwork and digital pieces projected onto blank wall space in the gallery.            

“With this being the age of technology, we wanted to include pieces that incorporate that medium as a unique stimulant for the audience,” said Shiraiwa.

The exhibit will include work by Central art and design students as well as professional artists and local high school students.           

At the reception, UCO School of Music students will perform chamber arrangements of video game music, including the “Mario Brothers’” theme song and music from “Final Fantasy.”      

Both exhibits will be on display through March 27. The opening receptions are free and open to the public.       

For more information, visit www.uco.edu/cfad.

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Editor’s Note: Download art for publication with this release at www.uco.edu/photo/FebExhibits02.14.

Cutline: The exhibit “Get Your Geek On: Celebrating Art in Anime, Comics and Video Games” will feature University of Central Oklahoma design student Riko Matsuoka’s “Goldfish Princess.” The exhibit is one of two opening Feb. 27 at the university.