Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit Manga Artwork by ‘Odunze Oguguo’ Feb. 24-March 18

Gallery opening reception set for 5-7 p.m. Feb. 24

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery presents “Odunze Oguguo,” an exhibit featuring the comic/manga artist, storyboard artist, character designer and writer, to run Feb. 24 through March 18.

The exhibit will open with a talk by Oguguo at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Cal Poly’s Dexter Building (No. 34), Room 150, followed by a reception in the University Art Gallery, also in the Dexter Building.

Oguguo is the author and illustrator of Apple Black comic and cofounder of Saturday-AM, home of the most diverse Shonen manga anthology since 2013.

(Shonen manga refers to Japanese comics typically marketed to a young audience.)

Originally from Nigeria and now living and working in Texas, Oguguo tackles social and political issues such as diversity representation, access and equality by 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 recognized by SYFY Wire’s Indie Comic Creator spotlight, NEO UK, and Apple’s Mac Directory Magazine. Most recently, he was selected as a participant by Facebook’s “We the Culture” program for black creators striving in their respective fields. His is one of only two successful, independent Black-owned manga companies in the U.S., according to SYFY Wire. He has garnered a popular following online under the name "Whyt Manga" on most popular social media platforms including Instagram, You Tube, Twitter and Facebook.

Oguguo earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in visual communications from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he teaches manga art focusing 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.

The artist talk and exhibition are paid for with allocated funds provided to the university by the California State Lottery. Admission to 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
- Art and Design Department
- College of Liberal Arts

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.

February 22, 2022
Contact: Garet Zook


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