College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO To Open Two New Exhibits At Donna Nigh Gallery

Jan. 28, 2011organic observations

The University of Central Oklahoma's College of Fine Arts and Design will open two new exhibits in February featuring work by students from the art and design departments. Both exhibits will be in the Donna Nigh Gallery, located on the third and fourth floors of Central's Nigh University Center.

Opening with a reception from 4-6 p.m., Feb. 10 in the Donna Nigh Gallery's fourth floor exhibit space is "Organic Observations," an exhibit showcasing the artwork of graduating art students Lynette Atchley of Shawnee and Christie Hackler of Edmond. Atchley works with ceramics and Hackler with metals.

"I find myself continually inspired by the natural world, whether it is plant life, the human figure, or geographic and celestial forms," said Hackler. "I find all of the unexplained creations so astounding."

Zina Gelona, Central's director of galleries and collections, said the pieces exhibited, including a large ceramic punch bowl and a wavy-edged decorative metal bowl work well together.  

"Although these two students work in different mediums, their work compliments each other nicely," said Gelona.

The exhibit will continue through March 20.             

Also opening in February is the exhibit, "Work by Illustration Students," from 4-6 p.m., Feb. 17 in the Donna Nigh Gallery-third floor exhibit space. This exhibit will feature the varied work from students in the Department of Design's new illustration minor.

"The showcase represents a sample of the hundreds of illustrations produced by graphic design students each semester," said Keith Webb, design assistant professor and director of the illustration minor.

"The illustrations range from pen and ink, marker, watercolor and digital to mixed media."

The exhibit will continue through April 17.

Both openings and exhibits are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Gelona at or (405) 974-2432.