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Important Update:

Through Jan. 28, the university is operating at Level 2. For classes, this means faculty will have the discretion to choose a fully remote, hybrid, extended classroom or fully in-person format. Masks will be mandatory for in-person classes.

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About the Galleries

The mission of the Melton Gallery is to serve as a forum to support the visual arts through diverse exhibitions and programming, creating dialogue 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.


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Gallery Director

Veronica CianfranoVeronica Cianfrano, is a curator, multimedia artist, teacher, the youngest of three daughters, and a first-generation American. She is originally from Connecticut where she studied studio art and education at Southern Connecticut State University. 

In 2010, she received her MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she discovered the need for better access to the arts. There she started a collaborative pop-up gallery; the mission of which was to bring contemporary art to communities that don’t normally experience it by organizing temporary events, happenings, and exhibitions in alternative spaces within neighborhoods where no galleries existed. 

In 2011 she co-founded Manifesto-ish, an online artist in residence program that allows artists of merit from any background and in any location to realize a project with the help of a team, receive consistent critical feedback of their work, participate in panel discussions, and exhibit their work digitally.

For the last eight years, she has taught studio art and art theory courses to pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students nationally and internationally. Now, Veronica is a new resident of Oklahoma and the Gallery Director for Melton Gallery at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is very excited to serve UCO’s community of thinkers and makers as well as the community-at-large by working collaboratively, creating programming that elicits meaningful participation, and exhibiting work that will challenge and inspire its viewers.