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UCO's Melton Gallery Begins 2017-18 Exhibit Season with 'Brandi Downham: Restructuring Vulnerability'

A woman paints on a large canvas

Aug. 31, 2017

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UCO’s Melton Gallery Begins 2017-18 Exhibit Season with ‘Brandi Downham: Restructuring Vulnerability’

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Melton Gallery will open “Brandi Downham: Restructuring Vulnerability,” an exhibition featuring the abstract paintings of Central alumna Brandi Downham, on Sept. 7 with a free and open-to-the-public reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Melton Gallery is located in the UCO Art and Design Building, in the center of Central’s campus.

Downham is a multimedia artist, with an emphasis in painting. Using a variety of painting and drawing techniques, Downham’s art documents memories and processes.

“My work is an exploration of time and a description of the memories I bear,” Downham explained. “Personal photographs, fragments of sketches, journals and other found materials are incorporated into the work. Layered upon, drawn on and painted on, they become integrated with the surface they’re applied to. In this process, memory and structure are compatible.”

Downham is a member of FRINGE Women Artists of Oklahoma and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UCO.

“Brandi’s work is a mix of large- and medium-scale abstract paintings that incorporate fluid colors, geometric lines and hand-written text,” said Kyle Cohlmia, curator of exhibitions at UCO.

“These works showcase structure as much as they exemplify personal identity and emotion of the artist. I believe that these paintings challenge how we view vulnerability, representing a powerful exposure of the self and highlighting the layers that lie beneath us all.”

“Restructuring Vulnerability” will remain displayed at the Melton Gallery through Sept. 28.

Upcoming Melton Gallery events include a November exhibit by Assistant Professor of New Media David Webber, followed by the Art Department’s senior capstone exhibition in December. The spring semester will feature a group ceramics exhibit, featuring the new dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design, Steven Lee Hansen, along with other art faculty.

The Melton Gallery is free and open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and on Fridays by appointment.

For more information about the Melton Gallery, visit melton.uco.edu. For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, please visit cfad.uco.edu.

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Cutline: "Restructuring Vulnerability,” an exhibition featuring the artwork of Central alumna Brandi Downham, pictured here, will open in the University of Central Oklahoma Melton Gallery Sept. 7, with a free and open-to-the-public reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Melton Gallery is located in the UCO Art and Design Building.