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Melton Gallery

The Mission  of The Melton Gallery is to serve as a forum to support the visual arts through diverse exhibitions and programming, creating dialog between the university and the broader artistic community.

 The Melton Gallery strives for the following goals:

  • Extend the knowledge of contemporary art, design practices and critical theory
  • Pursue exhibitions and programming that are issue-charged in nature
  • Cultivate diverse audiences to create an atmosphere of inclusion
  • Develop community partnerships through collaborative projects
  • Provide deliberate support of the art and design departments’ missions to prepare students to enter professional careers

Student Scholarship Competition

The Melton Gallery Fall 2019 Symposium, Reshaping Conventions, is offering a juried student competition in the visual, performing, and written arts.  Applications are available now. All UCO students are eligible to apply. Deadline for submissions is 5pm, November 11, 2019. 

3 scholarship awards in each of the 7categories AND 4 Honorable Mentions
  • 1st place $400
  • 2nd place $200
  • 3rd place $125
  • Honorable Mention $100 (4 total)
  • Visual/Performance: 2d, 3d, film and performance
  • Written: poetry, fiction and essay
How to apply

Currently in the Gallery

Melton Symposium: Reshaping Conventions

painting of the torso and face of a manReshaping Conventions is a symposium on race, gender and identity, highlighted with artworks by Patrick Earl Hammie and Le’Andra LeSeur. These two artists utilize contemporary representations to reshape conventions that have defined the way we traditionally experience portraiture and installation and to create space for new narratives and new ways of expressing a range of identities.

This exhibit contains mature content. See our College of Fine Arts and Design artistic expression policy for information or email with any questions.

Imperfect Exchange

by Patrick Earl Hammie

Panel Discussion: 5:30 pm, Sept. 11 in the Melton Gallery

Opening reception: 5:30 pm, Sept. 12 in the Melton Gallery

Exhibit open Sept. 9 - Oct. 10

brown, carmine, and blue

by Le'Andra LeSeur

Artist Talk & Worshop - Movement as Resistance: 5:30 pm, Oct. 24 in the Melton Gallery

Closing reception: 5:30 pm, Nov. 21 in the Melton Gallery

Exhibit open Oct. 24 - Nov. 21


Meet Our Curator | Kyle Cohlmia

photo of Kyle CohlmiaKyle Cohlmia grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma and attended the University of Kansas from 2001-06 for undergraduate school, studying art history and Italian. After college, she moved to Denver, Colorado and worked at the Denver Art Museum for two years in the Education Department before attending graduate school in English education at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

In 2010, Kyle moved back to Oklahoma to be closer to family and worked at Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City as the director of the Student Success and Opportunity Center, a tutoring center on campus. After five years at OSU, she decided to pursue her passion for the arts and completed Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's (OVAC) Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship and served as emerging curator for OVAC’s annual art show, Momentum. She spent a year working at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Gaylord-Pickens Museum as manager of Museum Services before landing at UCO as curator of exhibitions for the Melton Gallery.

Kyle is thrilled to work with artists around the state and nation to bring in thought-provoking, contemporary art exhibits that inspire UCO students and the greater Oklahoma City metro.