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Upcoming Melton Gallery Events:

Layered Perspectives: A Photography Series by David Webber

Exhibit Dates: November 2-30
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 2 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.

David Webber, who earned a Master of Fine Arts in electronic integrated arts from New York State College of Art and Design, is an assistant professor in UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design. He teaches video, sound, installation and interactive art. His photographs were inspired by Alred Stieglitz’s cloud series, “Equivalents” and through transformation, become hybrid forms that confuse the boundaries of their reference, according to Kyle Cohlmia, curator of exhibitions at UCO.

“My pastime of cloud gazing and daydreaming has particular relevance to my recent work,” Webber explained. “In the process of looking at clouds we imagine things other than what is in front of us.”

In this multiple exposure photography series, Webber explores the idea of “making something out of nothing." These photographs start with images from New Orleans, and through transformation, become hybrid forms, confusing boundaries of their reference. As viewers, we are challenged to look at this iconic cityscape from multiple and layered perspectives, like concrete clouds, and consider how the history of a city - it’s structure, population, and even tragedy - shapes our overall perception of place.

Synthesis (Re)Action: Aesthetics in the Arts and Sciences by Elizabeth Brown

Exhibit Dates: October 5–26
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.

 A synthesis reaction is a chemical reaction in which two or more simple substances combine to form a more complex product. In UCO Art Faculty, Elizabeth Brown’s work, we see the combination of the visual arts and sciences, the creation of works that mirror elements of existing organic life and combine synthetic and non-traditional materials to create a tension between the definable and the indefinable. 

 Synthesis (Re)Action is not only Brown’s reaction to the process of science but an action of personal interpretation to the development of works that culminate from change and progression.

Brandi Downham

Brandi Downham: Restructuring Vulnerability

Exhibition Dates: September 4-28
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Closing Reception & Catalog Release: Thursday, September 28 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm

UCO alum, Brandi Downham, opens up the fall 2017 school year with her solo exhibit, Restructuring Vulnerability. Her abstract paintings, both large and medium scale, explore personal identity and emotion through fluid colors, structured lines, and glimpses of handwritten text. This exhibit restructures the concept of vulnerability by adding linear elements to an otherwise fluid scene and challenging connotations involved with sensitivity and emotion.

Join us for the closing reception of "Restructuring Vulnerability," including a Q&A with the artist Brandi Downham and the release of our exhibit catalog!

The UCO Melton Gallery is excited to present a catalog, which includes a series of Brandi’s paintings along with poetry responses written by UCO students, extending the concept of vulnerability to another form of self-expression and adding a voice to how we might personalize these large-scale, abstract works.

Call to writers!


Melton Gallery in the News

The Oklahoma Gazette: A new exhibit at UCO’s Melton Gallery takes viewers behind the scenes of the gay rodeo

Blake Little

A decade ago, Hollywood brought to life the story of a couple of gay cowboys in the epic film Brokeback Mountain. Until then, the Western lifestyle of men who love men went largely unnoticed. And so did the subculture of gay rodeos.

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo, a new photo exhibit at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Melton Gallery, features bareback broncs, bull riding and barrel racing captured over several years at events sponsored by the International Gay Rodeo Association.

Photographer Blake Little spent a number of years competing in the IGRA, and during that time, he always had his camera by his side.

“I went to my first gay rodeo in Los Angeles in 1988,” Little told Oklahoma Gazette. “I have always had an interest in rodeo, cowboys and Western culture. This first rodeo was a very powerful experience for me.”

During the next year, Little said he attended every rodeo in the IGRA’s Western Division and found the events to be very opening and welcoming.

Blake Little

“Even for a city guy from a place as urban as LA, the true camaraderie with the cowboys and the sport of rodeo drew me in,” he said. “At the sixth rodeo, I started riding steers, and by the end of the first year, I rode my first bull. For the next four years, from 1988 to 1992, I competed in the IGRA. And I won bull riding at the IGRA Finals Rodeo in 1990. During my time with the rodeo, I always had my camera and photographed at all the rodeos. Because I was competing, I had inside access to the rodeo contestants and behind the chutes. Since I was a fellow contestant, the cowboys knew and trusted me.”

The black-and-white images capture a slice of life not often seen in the traditional Western setting. The raw emotion in the photographs shows two cowboys sharing a victory kiss, one man helping tape the leg of an injured contestant and a bull rider sharing a moment with his kids after an event in Fort Worth.

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