Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition


2019 PREVIEW: Symbolism Prevalent Theme in Rosenzweig Exhibition

The Arts & Science Center is home to the Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition.

The prestigious show — funded by an endowment by the notable Pine Bluff resident — is an opportunity for established and up-and-coming artists to gain recognition and earn prizes, and for ASC to grow its Permanent Collection.

The exhibition is open to artists 18 and older in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Artwork in all traditional forms including paintings, drawings, original prints, fiber art, ceramics, sculpture, and photography is accepted.

The following prizes are awarded:

  • Best in Show—$1000

  • First Place—$500

  • Second Place—$200

  • Three $100 Merit prizes

  • $2000 available in Purchase Awards.

“The reason why it’s important for us is it brings in artists from surrounding states,” says ASC Curator Dr. Lenore Shoults. “We’re able to find new artists, new approaches to art, and it’s always a very exciting exhibition.”


  • Opening reception: Thursday, October 10, 5–7 p.m., awards at 5:30

  • Exhibition closes: Saturday, January 4, 2020

  • Juror: Joseph Givens, Louisiana State University College of Art & Design



Artists Selected for the 2019 Rosenzweig Exhibition:


John Alleyne of Baton Rouge, La.

Michael Baggarly of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Kenneth Baskin of Lake Charles, La.

Julie Marks Blackstone of Shawnee, Okla.

Hattie Blackwell of Bixby, Okla.

Louise McLean Bodenheimer
of Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Sarah Bogdal of Nashville, Tenn.

Peter C Britton of St. Joseph, Mo.

Win Bruhl of Little Rock, Ark.

Susan Bryant of Clarksville, Tenn.

Aaron Calvert of Russellville, Ark.

Rick Cannon of Memphis, Tenn.

Susan Baker Chambers of Little Rock, Ark.

Jack Delaney of Tyler, Texas

Sarah DePetris of Richardson, Texas

Jacob Dugas of Iowa, La.

Amorette V. Garza of Corpus Christi, Texas

Robly A. Glover of Lubbock, Texas

Nabil Gonzalez of El Paso, Texas

Virginia Green of Robinson, Texas

Stephen Hawks of Brownsville, Texas


Marcus Howell of Springfield, Mo.

Shen Chen Hsieh of Springfield, Mo.

Jed Jackson of Memphis, Tenn.

Randy H. Jolly of Vicksburg, Miss.

Nicole Poole of San Antonio, Texas

Kasey Ramirez of Fayetteville, Ark.

Mike Ramsey of Bay St. Louis., Miss.

Melissa Robertson of Hammond, La.

Wesley Roden of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Andrew Scott of Denton, Texas

Karalee Scott of Denton, Texas

Mark Sisson of Stillwater, Okla.

Trent Thigpen of Corpus Christi, Texas

Veronica Vaughan of Flower Mound, Texas

Maria Botti Villegas of El Dorado, Ark.

Elizabeth Weber of Little Rock, Ark.

Edie Wells of Huntsville, Texas

Corinne Whittemore of McAllen, Texas




Irene Rosenzweig was born in Pine Bluff on July 26, 1903, to Pauline Sarason-Rosenzweig and William M. Rosenzweig. Her father — an immigrant from Lithuania — opened the Good Luck Store (later Rosenzweig’s Department Store) in Pine Bluff. It was the city’s largest mercantile and farm supply store.

Her family home, a Queen Anne Victorian-style at 717 W. Second Ave—now referred to as the Roth-Rosenzweig-Lambert House—was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Rosenzweig, who graduated from high school first in her class in 1920, earned an undergraduate degree in classical studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

She earned a doctoral degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. The American Academy in Rome awarded Rosenzweig the 1930 Prix de Rome Fellowship in Classical Studies and Archaeology. During her time as a fellow in Rome, she advanced research for her dissertation—published in 1937 as Ritual and Cults of Pre-Roman Iguvium: With an Appendix Giving the Text of Iguvine Tablets.

Afterward, Rosenzweig tutored President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s family members during their time in the White House. Rosenzweig also taught Latin at the Madeira school, a private preparatory school for girls, in Virginia.

She was fluent in French, German, Spanish, Latin, and Greek.

Rosenzweig died at age 94 on October 8, 1997, in Pine Bluff. She left a gift to ASC, The Irene Rosenzweig Endowment Fund, Inc., which supports the exhibition in her name and includes purchase awards for the center’s Permanent Collection.

— From the Encyclopedia of Arkansas