Ada Trillo: La Caravana Del Diablo

Ada Trillo: La Caravana Del Diablo

On view: Jan. 14–March 4, 2021

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Melton Gallery will host socially distanced events for “Ada Trillo: La Caravana Del Diablo,” a solo art exhibition for artist Ada Trillo featuring her photo documentary series of individuals in the migrant caravans traveling through Central America to the Mexico-United States border.

From 2017 to 2019, Philadelphia-based photographer Trillo returned to her hometown of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico to document the struggles of asylum seekers directly affected by President Donald Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy. In January of 2020, she traveled with a massive caravan for eight days from Honduras through Guatemala and into Mexico, where they were met by the recently established Guardia Nacional composed of former federal, military, and naval police.

“Trillo’s work honors the humanity of each person represented and creates space for us to shift focus from viewing asylum seekers as an anonymous mass to viewing them as individuals. Each with their own stories to tell,” said Veronica Cianfrano, Melton Gallery curator.

In addition to Trillo’s photographs, “La Caravana Del Diablo” will feature an interactive installation of notes and videos from asylum seekers.

“While the media often covers what is happening at the border, they all too often overlook the individual trials, struggles, and humanity of those seeking to escape violence in pursuit of a better life,” Trillo said. “It’s critical to unveil individual journeys and explore the reasons why people were forced to leave their home.”


*Events that are open to the public will be viewable in person and via Instagram Livestream @ucomeltongallery. Due to COVID-19 protocol, visitors are encouraged to RSVP to events by emailing

Opening Reception

Jan. 14, 2021, 5-7:30 p.m.

The reception will include a brief gallery talk with Ada Trillo followed by a Q&A with the audience. Participants can reserve their seats by emailing or participate via Livestream on Instagram, @ucomeltongallery. Free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion

Jan. 15, 2021, 5-7:30 p.m.

Each panelist in this discussion will help visitors gain a richer understanding of Trillo’s photographs by sharing their distinct expertise and experiences, providing context for the many complex and nuanced elements present in the exhibition. Free and open to the public. Participants can reserve their seats by emailing or participate via Livestream on Instagram, @ucomeltongallery. Free and open to the public.

Lunch and Learn Tuesdays

Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 2021 Noon-1 p.m.

Educational workshops on Hereditary, Racial, and Historical Trauma with the UCO Counseling Center. Open to UCO Students, Faculty, and Staff. Participants can reserve their seats by emailing Free admission.

Dreamer Ally Training

Feb. 2, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

The Dreamer Ally Training is designed to provide UCO faculty and staff with knowledge of federal and state law policies that affect Dreamer students, as well as to learn about the experiences and challenges Dreamers face. The training also highlights resources available for Dreamer students at UCO and in our community. The two-hour training is comprised of four modules, incorporating reflection and interaction throughout. UCO faculty and staff can sign up to attend this training session via this RSVP link:

Trauma Recovery Series

Feb. 4, 11, and 25, 2021, 4- 5 p.m.

Discussions about healing from trauma. Open to UCO Students, Faculty, and Staff. Participants can reserve their seats by emailing Free admission.

Closing Reception

March 4, 2021, 5-7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public. Participants can RSVP by emailing

Woman with glasses in black and white

You Are Here

Artists: Patrick Conlon, Christina Giacona, Kato Buss, Matt Fowler

On view: Aug. 20–Nov. 19, 2020

Film Debut & Gallery Talk: Sept. 25, 2020, 5- 7:30 p.m.

Dace Performance: Oct. 1, 2020, 5- 6:30 p.m.

Film Debut & Gallery Talk: Oct. 29, 2020, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Film Debut & Gallery Talk: Nov. 5, 2020, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Closing Reception: Nov. 19, 2020, 5 – 7:30 p.m. Link to Livestream archive of the event.

While taking a vacation from our physical selves is often an important part of our day, this work asks you to be present. The work in this show snaps us back into ourselves, into the space we share and transforms us from spectator to participant.

In a broader sense, when we physically engage with our environment, we tend to become more inquisitive, more socially engaged, and more aware of how our actions matter, affect the space around us inside and outside of the walls of the gallery. Simply using light and sound, these artists have turned the mundane into the extraordinary.



When Worn

Exhibit Dates: March 2—26, 2020

When Worn features the work of emerging and established jewelers and metalsmiths from across the nation.

When Worn highlights the act of adornment. When placed on the body, jewelry, transforms not only the appearance of its wearer, but it inserts itself between the adorned and audience as a signal and an invitation between two beings.

Jewelry has the power to communicate without language. It calls to be a center for dialogue and connection between two people. A simple ring can be a silent signal that shares someone’s marital status and perhaps a pendant can notate personal beliefs or be a badge proudly declaring ‘I belong.’