The Edmond Sun

December 3, 2013

UCO Department of Design exhibit features work of freshmen

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Design will open “Habitat: Designs of Dwelling Spaces for Animals,” an exhibit featuring the interior design work of current UCO freshmen, with a free, open-to-the-public reception from 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Melton Gallery in the Art and Design building on Central’s campus. The reception will include light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.            

“In the beginning of the fall semester, each student was randomly assigned a client, which so happened to be an animal of various size and type,” explained assistant professor of design Kevin Steiner.          

Students were required to research their “client,” develop a personality and reality for it, as well as study its likes, dislikes, eating habits, living conditions and activities, while simultaneously learning the fundamental knowledge of interior design.

Students then developed a space plan for an apartment, utilizing their research while still adhering to standards of interior design.

“The interior design faculty wanted to assign a set of projects during the students’ first semester of their first year that was fun yet still informative of the interior design profession,” Steiner said.

The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 20. The Melton Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays. It is free and open to the public.

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