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
Currently in the Gallery
Melton Gallery is using this time of social distancing as an opportunity to hold meaningful conversations through a video series entitled Melton Talks.
Melton Talks contains two ongoing projects that will continue until the end of our quarantine period.
Artist Conversations introduces UCO and Oklahoma City to artists from all over the country. Through this series, each artist gives a studio tour and answers 3 questions before selecting the next artist to be interviewed.
The questions are:
- What is your process/how do you maintain your practice?
- How has isolation affected your work/your art practice?
- How do you define success and how has that changed over time?
POPc Conversations is a collaborative project between Melton Gallery and POPc, a nonprofit project that merges philosophy and art. POPc is a topic-driven project that is based on the idea that the simple act of sitting down and listening to each other can help people feel more connected to their own thoughts as well as to each other. This act of having conversations is both an artistic and philosophical practice because both endeavor to create meaning through communication. In the POPc video series, curator Veronica Cianfrano will record the first conversation as a way of introducing potential participants with the topic as well as the philosopher but this project is nothing without your input. Can art change the way you think? We'd love to hear your thoughts! You can sign up to continue the conversation one-on-one with resident philosopher, Bill Seeley or resident philosopher, Quixote Vassilakis.
Find out more about the POPc project here