College of Fine Arts and Design

The UCO Melton Gallery Kicks Off New Performance Series

September 11, 2013

The University of Central Oklahoma Melton Gallery will present the inaugural event of the Melton Gallery Performance Series at 4-6 p.m., Sept. 19 with a “College Showcase” featuring works from departments within the College of Fine Arts and Design. The gallery is located in the Art and Design Building          

The Melton Gallery Performance Series is a new series highlighting performance departments within the college: theatre arts, dance, music theatre and the school of music.  All Series performances will take place from 4-6 p.m. on Thursdays and will be free and open to the public.

“Using the gallery for performances not only provides an artistic venue with great acoustics, it also brings people into the gallery that might not normally attend the exhibits we host,” explained Zina Gelona, galleries and collections coordinator and developer of the performance series.          

“This could spark a new conversation about art, with people from all different walks of life sharing their views and enjoying the diversity of the fine arts with others in the community.”    

This premiere night will include four 15-minute slots that showcase each performing department in the college.          

Top musical theatre majors will perform from the “Great American Songbook” and other sources.          

The theatre arts department will showcase five of their scholarship recipients, each individual performing a brief monologue.          

Faculty members from the School of Music’s Center for Historical Performance will perform works by composers Jean Baptiste Loeillet, Andres Lidel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on historical instruments.          

The Department of Dance will present “Foreclose Not,” a quartet choreographed by Central dance lecturer Hui Cha Poos. This dance is a tribute to developmental psychologist James Marcia’s study of Identity Theories.  The dance will present a structured improvisation that is site-specific to the gallery space.          

The exhibit displayed during this inaugural event will be “Route 44 – A Journey,” which is a retrospective exhibit featuring benchmarks in the last 44 years of paintings from design professor Larry Hefner, M.F.A.

“This will be a night packed full with talent and entertainment, one you’ll definitely not want to miss,” said Gelona.

For more information and upcoming events for the Melton Gallery Performance Series, visit