"Storm at Sea"

Radcliffe Bailey
Storm at Sea, 2007
Piano keys, African sculpture, model boat, paper, Acrylic, glitter, gold leaf
212 x 213 in.
© Radcliffe Bailey
Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

Fayetteville, AR. – January 12, 2015 — The University of Arkansas Department of Art presents Radcliffe Bailey: Storm at Sea from January 26 – February 20 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. The exhibition includes an artist lecture on Thursday, February 19th, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 206 in Hillside Auditorium. The Department of Art will host a reception on February 19th at the Fine Arts Center Gallery immediately following the lecture.

“The Department of Art at the University of Arkansas is thrilled to present the work of Radcliffe Bailey,” said Marc Mitchell, director of exhibitions for the Department. “Mr. Bailey is an internationally renowned artist whose work has been shown throughout the world. Its is wonderful to be able to share his work with community in Northwest Arkansas.”

Radcliffe Bailey: Storm at Sea, an exhibition curated by Cynthia Norse Thompson, considers themes of ancestry, race, and memory. Often working with found materials, Bailey deftly creates artwork that explores the relationship between past and present.  In his installation, Storm at Sea, Bailey utilizes objects such as piano keys, an African sculpture, and a glitter-covered ship to suggest leitmotifs associated with the black experience of the transatlantic slave trade. Keys, which are methodically arranged on the floor, create a engulfing visual experience that references waves of the ocean, splintered boards of a wrecked ship, and the bones of those slaves who lost their lives during the transatlantic journey. The result is an exhibition that questions the accuracy of recorded history through carefully culled objects and their connotations.

Images (Clockwise from top left): Kris Johnson, Paula Martin,
Raven McCarty, & Stephanie Wehmeyer.

 

Fayetteville, AR. – December 1, 2014 — The University of Arkansas Department of Art is pleased to announce a group exhibition Investigation of Person, Place, and Space by senior photography and ceramic student. The exhibition will be on display from December 12, 2014 – January 16, 2015 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. The Department of Art will host a reception on January 16th at the Fine Arts Center Gallery at 5:30 pm.

The exhibition highlights the work of students in professional development courses, and represents a variety of approaches to photography and ceramics. Students enrolled learn how to engage in both the fine art and professional markets by preparing a cohesive body of work, creating a website to showcase their work, and managing a successful career in the contemporary art world. The exhibition includes the work of Kris Johnson, Paula Martin, Raven McCarty, and Stephanie Wehmeyer.

Kris uses a dry plate process to document conversations with individuals, retaining the photograph as an artifact of the event. In the final image, it is not the words spoken during the eight-minute capture that remains significant, but the document of the experience. Paula’s work investigates urban spaces, focusing on geometrical shapes and repeated lines that calm the chaos in the city. Raven McCarty’s work investigates cultural identity, where she explores the social norms and rules that determine individual identity. Stephanie’s photographs are a visual sequence of overlapping frames investigating the relationship between a girl and her environment. The black-and-white pinhole effect draws the eye into this relationship with minimal distractions.

Fayetteville, AR. – October 15, 2014 — The University of Arkansas Department of Art presents Luscious: The Body Adorned from November 3 – December 5 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. The exhibition includes two artist lectures: Jill Wissmiller on Thursday, October 30th, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 102 of Kimple Hall and Lauren Kalman on Thursday, November 13th, at 5:30pm in Room 102 of Kimple Hall. The Department of Art will host a reception on November 13th at the Fine Arts Center Gallery immediately following the Lauren Kalman lecture.

“The Department of Art at the University of Arkansas is thrilled to include the work of Lauren Kalman, Jon Eric Riss, and Jill Wissmiller in the Luscious exhibition,” said Marc Mitchell, director of exhibitions for the Department. “It is wonderful to see three artists that address beauty and adornment in such different ways and by using diverse media.”

Luscious: The Body Adorned, an exhibition curated by Cynthia Norse Thompson, addresses notions of beauty and adornment employing the human body as a vehicle. Lauren Kalman utilizes metalsmithing as a prop for her performative photographs and videos. Deftly intertwining art and craft, Kalman’s work explores the complex relationship between body image, beauty, and consumer culture. Jon Eric Riis creates monumental tapestries that merge technical prowess with penetrating social commentary. While often featuring mythological, religious, or historical subjects, each tapestry contains cultural information that directly correlates to contemporary society. A common theme throughout all of Jill Wissmiller’s artwork is fixed desire. While often on projecting on glitter-covered panels, Wissmiller creates nontraditional films that foster an environment where the spectator becomes obsessed with the narrative, as well as the material on which the image is projected.

Exhibition view of Stationary Realms

Fayetteville, AR. – August 27, 2014 — The University of Arkansas Department of Art presents Stationary Realms from September 8 – October 24 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. The exhibition includes an artist lecture Thursday, September 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Room 250 of Vol Walker Hall, followed immediately by an artist reception. The events are free, and the public is welcome.

“The Department of Art at the University of Arkansas is thrilled to display the work of outstanding artists Jane Callister, Erin Harmon, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Mary Temple in the Stationary Realms exhibition,” said Marc Mitchell, curator and director of exhibitions for the Department. “While these acclaimed artists are all dealing with the landscape, their artworks address diverse themes within the genre.”

Stationary Realms, an exhibition curated by Cynthia Norse Thompson, addresses issues of place, loss, and beauty through disparate views of the landscape. Each artist in the exhibition utilizes scale and weight to explore both visual and conceptual implications of depicting the environment: Callister’s painterly landscapes deftly intertwine process and imagery; each painting celebrates a material investigation that generates fictional yet enchanting landscapes. Harmon creates carefully orchestrated artworks that emphasize a systematic order that is then applied to her landscapes; like a terrarium, every facet is scrutinized to the point where it becomes synthetic. Steinkamp’s video projections explore the relationship between actual and perceived space. Often focusing on trees and other natural phenomena, Steinkamp creates artworks that blur the line between observation and object. Known best for her installation work, Temple considers the boundaries between fact and fiction. Often presenting the viewer with a shadow on the wall or the silhouette of a plant, Temple creates environments that straddle the line between documentation and fabrication.

work by graduate students

work by graduate students


Summer MFA group exhibition
Fine Arts Center Gallery
May 12- August 29, 2014
Closing reception: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 5pm

The Fine Arts Center Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of current MFA students. The exhibition will present work in a wide range of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and video. A closing reception will occur on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Exhibiting are Lindsy Barquist, Wilson Borja, Ashley Byers, Jon Cromer, Drew Divilbiss, Chris Drobnock, Bryanna Jaramillo, Jon McDaniel, Aimee Odum, Todd Pentico, Cambry Pierce, Lauara Polaski, Elena Volkova.

The Department of Art is proud to present the 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibitions:

work by Cambry Lace Pierce

work by Cambry Lace Pierce


Cambry Lace Pierce: The Life You’ve Seen: The Search for Feminine Identity Ruined My Life, Monday, April 14 – Friday April 18, 2014
Reception: Friday, April 18, 2014 at 5pm

“I have become painfully aware and yet also freed by the knowledge of the impossibility to find the center of what makes one “self.” Exposure to the search for identity in the works of 1970’s and 80’s female artists has spurred my thought processes and artistic endeavors. The endless and often subconscious search for the grand query of female identity has left me convoluted. Video images of myself displayed on televisions become twice removed through video and screen, creating fractures within the identity, becoming like oddly shaped puzzle pieces, which one knows will never truly fit together to create a whole. The screen becomes like a mirror of one’s self divorced, both images a lie. I am, and am not, the princess and caretaker, the doting lover and the damaged ex.”
_Cambry Lace Pierce

Wilson Borja

Wilson Borja


Wilson Borja: Chere, Monday, April 21 – Friday April 25, 2014
Reception: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 5pm

“Chere, is a thesis project composed of a series of drawing/paintings and short animations that explores the phenomenon of migration and the African diaspora. Drawing inspiration from African textiles and their African American hybrid forms, quilts, this project examines the process of hybridization as a consequence of migration and its connection with urban distribution based on ethnicity.”

_Wilson Borja

Jon McDaniel

Jon McDaniel


Jon McDaniel: Synthetic Constructive, Monday, April 28 – Friday May 2, 2014, Reception: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 5pm

“The works presented in Synthetic Constructive are oversaturated explorations of shape, form, and color. Though inspired by and constructed from appropriated images and memories from the after effects of devastation, they become more than that as they explore these relationships. It is important that these works, both as collages and as paintings, reflect the search and process of their creation. For me, leaving the ‘tug-o-war’ between representation and abstraction and that of exacting construction and painterly enlightenment is an exciting experience to be viewed. ”

_Jon McDaniel

Lindsy Barquist

Lindsy Barquist


Lindsy Barquist: Anatomies of Melancholy, Monday, May 5 – Friday May 9, 2014, Reception: Friday, May 9 2014 at 5pm

“By combining ideas of traditional oral history with documentary photography this current body of work conveys a tension between the (in)visibility of pain and the need to speak. Through the process of spending time with individuals and discussing their personal trauma while making photographs, I hope to acknowledge and even embalm the pain of others. I am interested in a photograph’s power to console, articulate and offer a map of our experiences. ”

_Lindsy Barquist

Dornith Doherty in Svalbard

Dornith Doherty in Svalbard

Dornith Doherty
Lecture: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:30pm in room 213 of FNAR

Spurred by the impending completion of the Svarlbard Global Seed Vault, Doherty initiated
Archiving Eden in 2008 to explore the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change, the extinction of natural species, and decreased agricultural diversity.These privately and publicly funded archives function as a botanical backup system in order to assure the opportunity for reintroduction of species should a catastrophic event or civil
strife affect a key ecosystem somewhere in the world.

Dornith Doherty received a MFA in Photography from Yale University and is a Professor
of Photography at the University of North Texas. A 2012-2013 Fellow of the
Guggenheim Foundation, she is also a recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation
and the Japan Foundation. As an environmentalist and photographer, since 2008 she has
been documenting the global effort to create a botanical backup system through
collecting and storing the seeds that will ensure our survival. Her work has been shown
and collected extensively in the US and Europe.

Wayne Franits

Wayne Franits

Wayne Franits
Lecture: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:30pm in room 213 of FNAR

Wayne Franits, professor of art history at Syracuse University in New York, is a specialist in seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art. His numerous publications have explored a variety of topics within the field, ranging from genre painting and portraiture to the work of the Dutch followers of Caravaggio. His talk at the University of Arkansas will be drawn from his forthcoming book on Vermeer.

His lecture will investigate the only two paintings by the famed seventeenth-century Dutch master, Johannes Vermeer, that portray men as the principal subjects: The Geographer and The Astronomer. Franits explores their place in Vermeer’s work and more significantly, their reception among contemporary elite audiences. In the process, he challenges the longstanding theory that these paintings are pendant pairs, that is, works originally conceived to be displayed together.

Carson Fox

Carson Fox


work by  Carson Fox

work by Carson Fox

Carson Fox
Lecture: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5:30pm in room 213 of FNAR

Carson Fox was born in Oxford, Mississippi. Her work is produced from a heritage of American Southern gothic tradition that relies heavily on the imprint that individual experience has on the artist, and centers on the production of prints, installation, and sculpture.

Carson Fox received her masters of fine arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, her BFA from University of Pennsylvania, and a four-year studio certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of The Museum of Arts and Design, The Royal Museum of Belgium, the Noyes Museum of Art, the Newark Public Library, the Jersey City Museum, the Morris Museum of Art, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, the New Jersey State Museum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado, the Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, O. K. Harris Gallery, New York, the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wales, the Brunswiker Pavilion Kiel, Kiel, Germany, and the Association Mouvment Art Contemporain, Chamalieres, France. In 2009, Fox completed a permanent public art project commissioned by the NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority at the Seaford LIRR Station in Seaford, NY. Fox has received grants from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Mid Atlantic Art Foundation, a Willem Emil Cresson Award, and a New Jersey Print and Paper Fellowship at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper. Carson Fox recently had a solo exhibition at Morgan Lehman Gallery in September of 2013. Fox lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

My agenda is not their agenda, Quintin Rivera-Toro

My agenda is not their agenda, Quintin Rivera-Toro

Quintin Rivera-Toro
Lecture: Tuesday, April 22 at 5:30pm in room 213 of FNAR

Rivera-Toro’s work will be on view at the Bottle Rocket Gallery .
He is primarily a performance artist whose work is based on geographical-historical locations.
More information about the artist can be found at www.quintinriveratoro.com

work by Julie Haft-Candell

work by Julie Haft-Candell

Julia Haft-Candell
Lecture: Thursday, April 24 at 5:30 pm in room 213 of FNAR
Julia Haft-Candell, received her MFA from the CSU Long Beach ceramic program in 2010, under the tutelage of Kristen Morgin and Tony Marsh. Haft-Candell has an approach to clay that is once highly sculptural while challenging the delicacy of the ceramic medium.

Faith and the Devil at George Adams Gallery, NYC

Faith and the Devil at George Adams Gallery, NYC


March 3 – April 4, 2014
Reception: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm in the Fine Arts Center Gallery
Lecture: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm in Stella Boyle Auditorium

Faith & the Devil is a large-scale installation which investigates the philosophical and existential conundrums of evil and underlying faith in the world. The source and lynchpin for this investigation is Big Gal Faith, an eight-foot tall female figure centered in the gallery. Her wild word hair and lavish twenty-six foot wide dress of drawn images and words express the main themes of the exhibit: cruelty and violence, lust, forgiveness, reflection, and transcendence. Dill has worked with these themes across a decade of large-scale projects and exhibitions including a year-long community & museum project in Winston-Salem, N.C. called Tongues on Fire: Visions and Ecstasy, 2000-2001, followed by another year long project for a Boulder museum exhibition called Interviews with the Contemplative Mind. In 2008 she conceived, produced, and directed an opera based on the language of Emily Dickinson, Divide Light, preformed in San Jose, CA. Most recently in New Orleans, fall 2010, at Arthur Roger Gallery Dill created an installation based on the life of Sister Gertrude Morgan, a street preacher, artist, and poet who worked in New Orleans during the sixties and seventies, called Hell Hell Hell/ Heaven Heaven Heaven: Encountering Sister Gertrude Morgan & Revelation. Dill states, “My theme of faith should in no way be mistaken for a kind of earnestness or naïve surrender. I believe the soul is huge, hungry and ravenous, and faith contains as much fear as optimism and crazy grace. I am drawn to explore these things, the big story.”

Lesley Dill works in sculpture, photography, and performance, using a variety of media and techniques to explore themes of language, the body, and transformational experience. Her work has been widely exhibited and collected and can be found in the collections of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Cleveland Museum of Art, Kemper Museum, Kansas City; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. Dill lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has received a Joan Mitchell grant, and NEA, a Rockefeller Multi-Arts Program grant, NYFA, and Anonymous Was a Woman. She is represented by the George Adams Gallery in NYC, and the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans.

Lesley Dill

Lesley Dill

The McIlroy Family Visiting Professorship in the Performing and Visual Arts was established in 2006 through the philanthropy of Hayden and Mary Joe McIlroy. The McIlroy Professorship endowment provides the university with resources to attract working professionals in the performing and visual arts to the campus. The Professorship was established to support the teaching and work of a professional artist who will impart to our students and community highly specialized knowledge valuable to their artistic, educational, and career enrichment. The grantee of the McIlroy Professorship will hold a joint appointment as a visiting professor of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and Walton Arts Center. The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and the students and faculty of the University of Arkansas Department of Art are pleased to announce Lesley Dill as the 2014 McIlroy Professor. More information about the artist can be found at

Divide Light Performance

Divide Light Performance

The Joy Pratt Markham Gallery at The Walton Arts Center presents an
Exhibition of costumes from the performance of Divide Light
Curated by Cynthia Nourse Thompson
February 6 – April 13, 2014

Reception: First Thursday Fayetteville, Thursday, March 6 at 5:30pm
Screening of the film of the opera performance of Divide Light begins at 5:30pm
The Walton Arts Center

In this apex of her performative work, Lesley Dill’s opera Divide Light is based on the complete works of poet Emily Dickinson. Lesley conceived of this opera, was the artistic director and collaborated with composer, Richard Marriott. This is the first time the operatic performance costumes have been exhibited. The Walton Arts Center and the University of Arkansas are pleased to present these to the public and community-at-large.

Divide Light follows a dramatic and emotional contour, exploring a range of emotions from vulnerability and fear to ecstasy, joy and exhilaration. Divide Light premiered August 13, 2008 at the Montalvo Arts Center and featured performances by Del String Quartet; the 45-voices of The Choral Project; Jennifer Goltz, soprano; Kathleen Moss, mezzo soprano; and Andrew Eisenmann, baritone. The performers sing Dickinson’s words and also wear Dill’s ravishing costumes with the words scrawled across them. The set is a continuously moving video installation of poems and Dill’s evocative black-and-white photographs. Film of opera was made by Ed Robbins, 82 minute DVD, a 12 minute sample DVD, and an 82 minute soundtrack. Divide Light was commissioned by Montalvo Arts Center, and supported in part by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation Multi Arts Production Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Divide Light Performance

Divide Light Performance

Lesley Dill

Lesley Dill

Lesley Dill
Lecture: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 6:00pm in Stella Boyle Auditorium of FNAR

Lesley Dill works in sculpture, photography, and performance, using a variety of media and techniques to explore themes of language, the body, and transformational experience. Her work has been widely exhibited and collected and can be found in the collections of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Cleveland Museum of Art, Kemper Museum, Kansas City; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. Dill lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has received a Joan Mitchell grant, and NEA, a Rockefeller Multi-Arts Program grant, NYFA, and Anonymous Was a Woman. She is represented by the George Adams Gallery in NYC, and the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans.

The McIlroy Family Visiting Professorship in the Performing and Visual Arts was established in 2006 through the philanthropy of Hayden and Mary Joe McIlroy. The McIlroy Professorship endowment provides the university with resources to attract working professionals in the performing and visual arts to the campus. The Professorship was established to support the teaching and work of a professional artist who will impart to our students and community highly specialized knowledge valuable to their artistic, educational, and career enrichment. The holder of the McIlroy Professorship will hold a joint appointment as a visiting professor of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and Walton Arts Center. The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and the students and faculty of the University of Arkansas department of art are pleased to announce Lesley Dill as the 2014 McIlroy Professor. More information about the artist can be found at http://www.lesleydill.net/

work by Jason Yi

work by Jason Yi

Jason Yi
Lecture: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm in room 213 of FNAR

Jason S. Yi ‘s work crosses artistic disciplines: sculpture, photography, drawing, video, multimedia and interactive installations. The expanded notions of culture, time and history play a critical role in the creation of his work.Yi has exhibited nationally and internationally in places such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Italy and Austria. Recently, his installation was included in the international exhibition at the Inside-out Art Museum in Beijing, which ended in spring 2013. In 2010, “Legend of the White Snake” sculptural work was installed on the roof top sculpture garden at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on a long-term loan to the museum. His awards include Mary L. Nohl Foundations Fellowship in the established artist category and Kamiyama Artist in Residence Fellowship, supported by the Japan Foundation. He was selected as the Milwaukee Artist of the Year (2006) by the Milwaukee Arts Board.

Among other places, he participated in exhibitions at the Asian American Art Center in NYC, Platform China Artist in Residence Program in Beijing, Moran Museum of Art in Seoul, Kamiyama Art Museum in Kamiyama, Japan, Hotel Pupik in Schrattenberg, Austria and Milwaukee Art Museum. His solo exhibition “Yellow Mountains and Other Places” at the Dean Jensen Gallery in Milwaukee has been reviewed in the Artforum Magazine’s Critic’s Pick’s by Lori Waxman. Yi’s works are included in the permanent collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Kamiyama Museum of Art in Japan, Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles and the Edward F. Albee Foundation in New York. Jason S. Yi lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in in United States.

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