Department of Art
The UCO Department of Art's mission is to provide transformative educational experiences that promote artistic vision by offering programs that help students learn the skills and acquire the knowledge for professional careers and leadership in Art Education, Art History and Studio Arts. As a UCO Art major, students will define their vision for the future and cultivate their focus on a contemporary world:
- Strengthen visual and conceptual components of art
- Creation of a portfolio to gain greater insight into the theories and techniques necessary for advanced study
- Imaginative problem-solving, self-reflective evaluation and critical thinking
- Studio emphasis in: ceramics, drawing/printmaking, jewelry & metalsmithing, painting and sculpture.
Art Alumni Stories
UCO Art Alum Erica Bonavida is The City of Oklahoma City's first Artist in Residence. You can see her work on display throughout city hall and find her studio on the first level.
As a student, she was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll from 2007 – 2014 and received the Freshman Achievement Scholarship in 2007.
Her large-scale, realist paintings invite the viewer to look at textiles from an intimate vantage point. The detail of texture and colorful fabric might remind you of a personal memory or relic from your lifetime. In addition, the fluidity of Erica’s lines creates a concentrated sense of movement, as if you could actually touch or feel the objects she has painted.
Laine Godsey is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Philadelphia, where she is the Coordinator of Arts and Community Engagement at the Center for Creative Works and also serves as adjunct faculty at Lincoln University. Her studio practice utilizes sculpture, found material, photography and installation, addressing how gender, domesticity and objects, as carriers of memory, shape our sense of identity.
Godsey received a BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma's Department of Art and went on to get an MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Art with a certificate in New and Time Based Media from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Philadelphia-based artistic collective, Fjord, is a guest curator at Gallery 241 and sits on the Accessibility Advisory Board at the Wagner Institute of Science. Godsey has exhibited in shows in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Wyoming and internationally in Florence, Italy and Berlin, Germany. Her work has been published in Mousse Magazine, reviewing online at ILIKETHISART.net and Title Magazine. She has received the Susan Cromwell Coslett Traveling Fellowship and the Lawrence Shprintz Fine Arts Prize.