College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO Student Design Studios to Exhibit 'Insomnia at its Best'

Oct. 8, 2010design brochure

 The University of Central Oklahoma will present "Insomnia at its Best," an exhibit highlighting work from students in Central's InkTank and Clocktower student design studios, from Oct. 12 through Nov. 28.

A free opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Oct. 12 in the Donna Nigh Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Central's Nigh University Center.

The exhibit will feature posters, pamphlets and other advertising materials they have created.
"The students in these studios do real work for real clients, both on and off campus," said Amy Johnson, assistant professor of Graphic Design at Central and director of both student design studios.

Each studio requires students to apply for acceptance into the studio, as they were created to provide professional work experience for students including to get portfolio pieces printed, to work with clients, to meet deadlines and budgets, and to present projects in a corporate environment.

Both studios have designed work for Central's Transformative Learning Conference, the Office of Research and Grants, the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) as well as CFAD's individual departments of Theatre Arts, Music Theatre and Design.

Within the professional community, the students have worked with Guthrie Inns, the UCO Small Business Development Center and the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.
"Clocktower and InkTank studios give Central Design students the opportunity to practice designing for real-world clients before graduating," said Rukmini Ravikumar, chair of Central's Department of Design.  

"These studios are an important presence on campus as they assist many units on campus with their design needs.  They help the Department of Design connect to the local community and are a natural fit in a metropolitan university."

To learn more about Central's Department of Design, visit or call (405) 974-5200.