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Curator CFAD Gall/Collec

University of Central Oklahoma
vcianfrano@uco.edu (405) 974-2432 CFAD Galleries & Museums EVH 12 , Box 84

About

Veronica Cianfrano is a curator, multimedia artist, teacher, the youngest of three daughters, and a first generation Italian-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 CHER (Champions of Empty Rooms) a collaborative pop-up gallery she co-founded with fellow curator and artist, Jessie Clark. The mission of CHER 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 with Jessie Clark, Lauren McCarty, and Matt Zigler. Manifesto-ish is 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.

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. 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 fosters a sense of belonging within the art world, and exhibiting work that will challenge and inspire its viewers. 

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