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The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees through May 31.
Alternative instructional delivery methods will be used for the rest of the spring semester, May intersession courses and summer blocks I and II. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.

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

Currently in the Gallery

Melton Gallery: When Worn, A Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition

When Worn

When Worn is an exhibition featuring the work of emerging and established jewelers and metalsmiths from across the nation.

When Worn highlights the act of adornment. When placed on the body, jewelry, transforms not only the appearance of its wearer, but it inserts itself between the adorned and audience as a signal and an invitation between two beings.

Jewelry has the power to communicate without language. It calls to be a center for dialogue and connection between two people. A simple ring can be a silent signal that shares someone’s marital status and perhaps a pendant can notate personal beliefs or be a badge proudly declaring 'I belong.'

Opening Reception 

Thursday March 5, 5:30 pm

Exhibition dates:

March 2—26, 2020