Together with student organizations Models of OU, Black Student Caucus, DYNA.STTY, and Art Flow, student interns in the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art organized and hosted the annual OUMA Nights on April 18. The 100+ students who attended enjoyed live performances, supported student entrepreneurs, and admired OUMA’s current art exhibits.
OUMA Nights is a tradition launched by alumna Abbie Argo ’18 in 2017. The event is a creative showcase for students to exhibit their artwork, perform, or promote their businesses. OUMA Senior Exhibitions Coordinator Nicole Buruse ’23, worked with other student event coordinators, Penelope Bertrand ’26 and Heidi Ullman ’26, and student organizations to put on the event.
“We use the event to highlight students at Oglethorpe and their talent while also promoting the Museum and bringing everybody together,” says Buruse. “At OUMA Nights, students of all backgrounds join in the fun — the event is open to anybody and everybody!”
The theme of this year’s OUMA Nights was Mythology. The event’s promotional flyer featured Michelangelo’s “La Pietà,” which was chosen to juxtapose Oglethorpe artist-in-residence Shanequa Gay’s “La Pieta.” OU’s Student Government Association purchased the painting in spring 2019.
More than 20 students participated in the event as artists, performers, and vendors. Amina Sahovic ’24 represented her “Glossy and Bossy” business at OUMA Nights.
“So much talent, so much elegance,” said Sahovic about the experience. “This was a wonderful event to bring the students together in OUMA! Glossy and Bossy is always supported by the Oglethorpe community.”
In addition to curating the OUMA Nights artist exhibition, Sophia Sobrino ’25 presented her artwork Divinidad. Sobrino is a student intern at the museum and was recently featured for her other internship at Atlanta’s May Patterson Goodrum House.
“Participating in OUMA Nights was a great opportunity to share my artwork,” says Sobrino. “The event helped me connect with others through art and share some of my experiences as an artist.”
Congratulations to all the students who participated in a successful OUMA Nights:
Ivi Wicks, “D’vynne Beauty”
Amina Sahovic, “Glossy & Bossy”
Models of OU