College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO 'Language of Drawing' Exhibit Highlights New Studio Art Emphasis

Sept. 7, 2010drawing

The University of Central Oklahoma will present "The Language of Drawing," an exhibit spotlighting a new emphasis on studio art at the university and featuring the artwork of Central Assistant Professor A. D. Donovan and her students, from Sept. 9 through Oct. 17.  

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from from 4-6 pm, Sept. 9 in the Donna Nigh Gallery, located in the Nigh University Center. The band "The Shining Lights," lead by UCO graduate Evan Mustard, will be performing during the reception and free refreshments will be served.  
Fall 2010 is the first semester of a new studio art emphasis in drawing in Central's art department. Students will have the opportunity to focus on traditional techniques, in addition to employing technology and hybrid media, such as performance, video and electronic media.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to highlight work that has expanded the definition of drawing and explored boundaries that are in line with current national and international trends," said Donovan.

Zina Gelona, director of galleries and collections at Central, believes the exhibit will expand the depth of offerings at the university's galleries.
"Drawing is the basis, the heart of every visual representation. With graphite, charcoal, pen and paper begins an idea, a thought, a dream.  I am happy to showcase Donovan, an instructor that understands the importance of drawing," said Gelona.

All of the work in the exhibit was created by students that are currently UCO art students or recent graduates of the program. Many of them are already successfully showing in the regional art community and emerging as artists in their own right.

Both the opening reception and the ongoing exhibit are free of charge. For the complete schedule of 2010-11 art shows and exhibitions, visit