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UCO Opens 'Perspective: A Photography Exhibit' with Reception Sept. 24

“Raindrops” by Michael Keen, will be displayed in “Perspective: A Photography Exhibit,” an exhibition opening Sept. 24 at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Sept. 11, 2015

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The University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design presents an evening of photography with the opening reception of “Perspective: A Photography Exhibit” from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Melton Gallery, located in the Art and Design building on campus. Edgar Cruz will perform from 4-6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features a series titled “Lost Light” by Central faculty member Jesse Miller, M.F.A. and a series called "Profiles of Appalachia" by Central alumnus Michael Keen.

Miller is an associate professor of photography at Central. He received his masters with an emphasis in photography from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rockford College. His images have been shown in galleries across the United States and internationally.

“As a photographer, I am obsessed with documenting and collecting experiences,” Miller stated.

“With this series, I wanted to capture the feeling of mostly lost moments. I hope through this work you can identify and appreciate some of the visual qualities I tried to interpret.”

Keen began his student life at Central as a journalism major where he gained a technical foundation in photography working for UCO Photographic Services. He worked in the newspaper and publications field for a time before returning to Central to finish his degree in art in 1994.

“At the time I graduated, UCO was a quiet campus in a small town,” said Keen.

“It is a much different campus than the one I left but it’s still home, and I am excited to be returning there to share some of Appalachia with audience members.”

Keen lives with his wife in a small farming community in Northeast Tennessee, the heart of Appalachia. He continues to have an ongoing affection for the photographic medium.

“It is fascinating how the same instrument can record the literal truth of the split second and communicate that image to the world, yet also produce abstract and conceptual pictures that reveal the other truths of light and color.”

The exhibit featuring both artists will continue through Oct. 15.           

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Cutline: “Raindrops” by Michael Keen, will be displayed in “Perspective: A Photography Exhibit,” an exhibition opening Sept. 24 at the University of Central Oklahoma.