College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO To Open 'Central Senior Capstone' Exhibit At IAO Gallery

April 16, 2011

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of Art will open the “Central Senior Capstone” exhibit from 6 – 9 p.m., Friday, April 20 at the IAO Gallery located at 706 W. Sheridan Ave. in Oklahoma City.

The exhibit will feature works by Central art students graduating this May, including Andrew Akufo, Dustin Burdick, Maria Lucy Cabrera, Kalyana Davis, Mollie Dysart, Katy Griffin, Ana Heaton, Brittany Rudolf, Brianne Toledo and Bo Williams.

"This experience offers the students a formal and physical realization of their development into professional artists," said Elizabeth Brown, M.F.A., assistant chair of the art department.

Various artistic media will be displayed highlighting the students’ best work.

Though he’s spent his life in Oklahoma, Akufo used his travels to Arizona as inspiration for his works in the exhibit.

“The first time I traveled to Arizona I was absolutely astounded by the geography. I work to capture the beauty I experienced in my paintings. The size, dramatic colors and content of my paintings combine to represent the beauty of the Arizona landscape,” Akufo said.

“I've worked my entire undergrad years to get to this point and believe my hard work and dedication will shine through in my paintings. I'm more than ready to show.”

Toledo’s medium is jewelry making.  She creates jewelry by taking the geometric lines of art deco style and rich hues of the Art Nouveau philosophy and combining them into aesthetic pieces.  Toledo has grown as a professional artist in many ways through this experience.

“Preparing for this capstone exhibition has been incredible. Ms. Brown has been a fantastic mentor through this process.  Her insightful evaluations have deepened my knowledge on everything from my artist statement to the display of my work,” Toledo said.

The “Central Senior Capstone” exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on display at IAO Gallery through May 3.

For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, visit www.uco.edu/cfad/events.