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 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
The Melton Gallery is a contemporary art gallery on the UCO campus located in the Art and Design Building. The Melton is designated to display works from local, regional, and national artists and serves as a learning lab for UCO students as well as the Oklahoma City metro, encouraging learning outcomes and dialogue about the process of creating and content found in contemporary art. The Melton Gallery opens a new exhibit on the first Thursday of each month during the school year.
The Donna Nigh Gallery is located on the third floor of the Nigh University Center and is a space for the UCO Design Department to display posters from current UCO Design students and faculty. The Donna Nigh Gallery rotates out specific design exhibits throughout each school year.
The student galleries are located throughout the hallways of the Art and Design Building, providing a space for art and design students to display current work. In these hallways, students exhibit work from latest assignments and learn techniques for installing artwork and displaying didactics. The artwork and design posters in these hallways change frequently throughout each semester.
The Krottinger Family Gallery is a space located in the hallway leading into the newly renovated dressing rooms, classrooms and theater spaces of Mitchell Hall. The gallery exhibits work from UCO Art and Design alumni and intends to be a space that celebrates the continuum of UCO artists and designers who have created significant work for the Oklahoma City metro and beyond.
Curator of Galleries and Collections
Veronica 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 University of Central Oklahoma’s Curator of Exhibitions and Collections. 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.