Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit manga artwork by “Odunze Oguguo,” from Feb. 24 through March 18
Gallery opening reception set for Feb. 24, 5-7pm
SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery presents “Odunze Oguguo,” to run Feb. 24 through Mar. 18. The exhibit will open with an artist talk on Thursday Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. in Dexter, building 034 room 150, proceeded by a reception in the University Art Gallery, which is located in Dexter (Bldg. #34) on campus.
Odunze is a comic/manga artist, storyboard artist, character designer and a writer, originally from Nigeria, now living and working from Texas. He is the author and illustrator of Apple Black comic and Co-Founder of Saturday-AM, home of the most diverse Shonen manga anthology since 2013. He tackles social and political issues such as diversity representation, access, and equality through revolutionizing the light-hearted, high-action tradition of the Shonen manga style. He has brought a new generation of international fans and scholars to manga with a refreshed perspective in the genre as an art form.
Oguguo was formally recognized by SYFY Wire’s Indie Comic Creator spotlight, NEO UK, Apple’s Mac Directory Magazine. Most recently, he was selected as a participant by Facebook “We the Culture” program for black creators striving in their respective fields. Being one of only two successful, independent Black-owned manga companies here in the U.S. He has garnered a popular following online under the name "Whyt Manga" on most popular social media platforms like Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and more.
Oguguo holds an MFA in Visual Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington. He teaches ART 4392-005 Manga Art at the University of Texas at Arlington, which focuses on digital comic/manga creation. He emphasizes both comics creation and studies as a broadly interdisciplinary area, often applying the scholarly literature of literary studies, communication and mass media, art, and sociology.
Illustration courtesy of the artist. Poster designed by Angela Chawla.
*This artist talk and exhibition are paid for with Lottery funds.
The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
- University Art Gallery: www.artgallery.calpoly.edu/
- Art & Design Department: www.artdesign.calpoly.edu/
- College of Liberal Arts: www.cla.calpoly.edu/
About the Cal Poly University Art Gallery
The University Art Gallery is a venue for helping to nurture creativity, empathy, innovation, design skills, storytelling, and big-picture thinking by bringing bold thinkers, emerging and established artists, and creative professionals to campus. Providing a venue for five exhibitions each academic year, the University Art Gallery serves Cal Poly and the surrounding area. The gallery showcases nationally and internationally known artists, as well as student, alumni and faculty artwork.