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UCO Melton Gallery Continues its Exhibit Season with 'Elizabeth Brown: Synthesis (Re)Action'

3-D colorful ceramic artwork on display

Sept. 28, 2017

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UCO Melton Gallery Continues its Exhibit Season with ‘Elizabeth Brown: Synthesis (Re)Action’

The University of Central Oklahoma Melton Gallery will open “Synthesis (Re)Action: Aesthetics in the Arts and Sciences,” an exhibition featuring the 2-D and 3-D works of Elizabeth Brown, on Oct. 5 with a free and open-to-the-public reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Brown is a sculptor and mixed media artist serving as a professor of art in UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design. She is known for her abstract depiction of biological forms, rich in surface and color. Her current work focuses on organic sculpture, using synthetic materials that reference natural shapes and surfaces but remain elusive in their definition.

“My interests are in technical and material experimentation, visual analysis and botanical and scientific observation of substructures and surfaces,” Brown clarified. “Through exploratory processes and investigations into the materials’ inherent physical qualities, rather than a predetermined composition or plan, I develop works that culminate from change and progression. My approach to the material is responsive to its innate properties.”

Brown’s work presents the combination of the visual arts and sciences, as well as the creation of works that mirror elements of existing organic life and combine synthetic and nontraditional materials, to create a tension between the definable and the indefinable.

“These works will ultimately transform the gallery into a space that explores aspects of the sciences through visual language,” said Kyle Cohlmia, curator of exhibitions at UCO.

“Brown’s installations include, ‘Morphology,’ sculptures inspired by biological forms; ‘Samples,’ a series of 2-D works on paper about hypothesis, testing and the outcome of mixing materials; and ‘Convergent/Divergent,’ which addresses the issue of evolution.”

After the opening, “Synthesis (Re)Action” will remain displayed at the Melton Gallery through Oct. 26.

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

The Melton Gallery, located in the UCO Art and Design building, 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, including those in the Melton Gallery, please visit cfad.uco.edu.

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Cutline: "Synthesis (Re)Action,” an exhibition featuring the artwork of University of Central Oklahoma Professor of Art Elizabeth Brown, will open in the UCO Melton Gallery, located in the UCO Art and Design building, Oct. 5 with a free and open-to-the-public reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m.