UCO College of Fine Arts and Design Hosts Dual Exhibit Openings Jan. 14

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design will present two exhibit openings on Jan. 14 including the Design Department presentation of “Foundational!” and the Melton Gallery exhibit “Portrait to Selfie.” Pictured, Central Theatre Arts student Juliette Lloyd explores the connections between modern selfies and formal portraiture.

Dec. 18, 2015

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UCO COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN HOSTS DUAL EXHIBIT OPENINGS JAN. 14

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) will present a pair of exhibit openings featuring designs developed by Central students and a curated exploration of portraits to selfies from Central faculty, students and alumni on Jan. 14.

“Foundational!” will kick off the day’s events with a free opening reception for the public from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Donna Nigh Gallery, located on the third and fourth floors of the Nigh University Center on UCO’s campus.

“Foundational!” is a showcase of 2-D and 3-D designs developed by Central design students enrolled in at least one of four Design Foundations classes.

“The collection of work in this show proves how far the boundaries of ‘Foundations’ student projects can really be pushed,” said McKenna Sanderson, UCO Design Department graphic designer and show curator.

“Foundational!” will be on display in the Donna Nigh Gallery through March 31.

Patrons of the arts can then walk to the nearby Melton Gallery in the Central’s Art and Design Building for the free opening reception of “Portrait to Selfie: Mirror or Self Construction” which runs from 5-7 p.m.

Curated by CFAD Dean Pamela Washington, Ph.D., “Portrait to Selfie” explores the question: Are self-portraits mirrors of a person, a reflection of society or are they self-constructions?

“I’ve enjoyed exploring not only the theory and history of portraiture, but also the nature of the ‘selfie’ in our culture and then finding the connections between them,” said Washington.

Portraits showcased in the exhibit include original creations by Central art faculty member David Maxwell, M.F.A., and recent alumna Danielle Pittaway as well as works from the Melton Legacy Collection, other UCO collections and even Facebook posts.

“I bet that most people wouldn’t think that portraits from the 18th century have anything to do with what they carry around on their phone — but they have a lot in common. This exhibit explores those connections,” added Washington.

“Portrait to Selfie” will be on display in the Melton Gallery through Jan. 21. 

For more information about UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events, visit cfad.uco.edu.  

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Editor’s Note: To download art associated with this release, visit www.uco.edu/photo/CFAD12.15.

Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design will present two exhibit openings on Jan. 14 including the Design Department presentation of “Foundational!” and the Melton Gallery exhibit “Portrait to Selfie.” Pictured, Central Theatre Arts student Juliette Lloyd explores the connections between modern selfies and formal portraiture.