College of Fine Arts and Design

Local Elementary Students Display Patriotism in UCO 'Art in Schools' Showcase

December 8, 2011

The University of Central Oklahoma's Oklahoma Center for Arts and Education (OCAE) is currently sponsoring a showcase of patriotic-themed artwork developed by Edmond elementary school students through Dec. 13 in the Donna Nigh Gallery located on the third floor of the UCO Nigh University Center.  The showcase is free and open to the public.

The pieces displayed are a part of the Edmond Arts and Humanities Council's (EAHC) "Art in Schools" project.  The project fosters student creativity among third and fourth grade students at Edmond elementary schools through a 12-week art instruction program provided by art teachers from the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond.

Edmond elementary schools selected to participate in this year's program included Orvis Risner, Sunset, John Ross, Northern Hills, Charles Haskell, Ida Freeman and Will Rogers.  Other sponsors and collaborative partners involved in the "Art in Schools" project include the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Over the course of the semester, the EAHC received 650 original artworks by students at participating schools for the UCO showcase, with the EAHC board choosing 150 pieces to feature.

Additionally, two students were chosen as winners of the "Art in Schools" showcase and received $150 gift certificates to attend a summer arts camp hosted by the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education at UCO.  The winners were Micayah Mayberry from Will Rogers Elementary School and Maliq Gomez from Northern Hills Elementary School.

The pieces featured in the "Art in Schools" showcase can be purchased for $10 each to sponsor the EAHC Local Artist Grants, which support local artists through grant applications.

For further information about "Art in Schools," or the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, contact Ines Burnham, Oklahoma Center for Arts Education Program Manager at (405) 974-3784 or iburnham@uco.edu.