The talents of local artists were honored Thursday, Aug. 8, during the opening reception for the 2019 Pine Bluff Art League Annual Exhibition at The Arts & Science Center. Juror Ricky Sikes presented awards for Best in Show; First, Second and Third Place; and two Honorable Mentions.Read More
The 2019 Pine Bluff Art League Exhibition, recognizing the best of the area’s artists opens Thursday, August 8, with a free public reception and awards ceremony. Juror Ricky Sikes will be on hand for remarks and to award Best in Show, First, Second, and Third Place prizes, as well as Honorable Mention.Read More
“Small Works,” “Era of Activism,” and “Complex Shapes” Kick off New Year
After a noteworthy 2018 — in which the Arts & Science Center marked its 50th anniversary with sculptural installations, the biennial Potpourri exhibition, and a UAPB-ASC collaborative exhibition — 2019 is shaping up to be another stellar year with a diverse lineup of exhibitions.
“The 2019 exhibitions hit every area of the Arts & Science Center's collecting and exhibition focus: Arkansas artists, art of the Delta, and works by African American artists,” said ASC Curator Dr. Lenore Shoults.
“Arkansas artists are represented by Dustyn Bork's shape series, and we are delighted to be the opening venue for the Arkansas Arts Council's Small Works on Paper tour. Heavy Metal comes to us from the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and features the work of Michele Fox, Amanda Heinbockel, Robyn Horn, and Holly Laws. The Scenes Along the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway exhibition partners with a treasure from our archive, Women of the Arkansas Delta, a series of photographs from 1976. James Matthews pushes the envelope with his Eviction Quilt series and Chrystal Seawood explores our society's scrutiny of young black men.”
2019 Small Works on Paper
On exhibit: January 5-26, in the International Paper Gallery
Opening reception: Saturday, January 12, 1-3 p.m., featuring speeches from approximately 10 participating artists. The reception is free and open to the public.
Small Works on Paper — often dubbed simply “SWOP” — is an annual juried visual art exhibition that showcases artwork no larger than 18 x 24 inches by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry. The exhibition travels throughout the state, and ASC is the first stop for the 2019 tour. The exhibition is already installed, but officially opens with a free public reception Saturday, January 12. Ten participating artists are scheduled to speak.
Woods received Best of Show ($500 Award) for the mixed media piece Do You Remember What I Worked For?
Other recipients were Juror’s Choice ($300 award) winner Daniella Napolitano of Little Rock for the linocut Curia Regis, and Merit Award ($200 award) winner J.P. Bell of Fayetteville for his digital photograph Repair of No. 2.
This year’s entries were juried by Robin Dru Germany, professor of photography and associate director at the School of Art at Texas Tech University.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council.
Dustyn Bork: Complex Shapes and Empty Space
On exhibit: January 8 — April 13, in the William H. Kennedy Jr. Gallery
Opening reception: Thursday, January 24, 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Printmaker/painter Dustyn Bork often works in mixed media, and incorporates cultural notions of pattern, color, and design. He is an associate professor of art at Lyon College in Batesville. Bork earned his Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Indiana University in 2002, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of Michigan in 1999.
Bork’s work has been selected for and won awards in numerous juried printmaking exhibitions including the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition in Jonesboro, The International Printmaking Biennial of Douro Alijó, Portugal, and the Print Exhibition at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, New Jersey.
Exhibition sponsors are Simmons Bank and the Arkansas Arts Council.
Era of Activism
On exhibit: January 12 — August 31, in the Ben J. Altheimer Gallery
“Era of Activism explores 1960s and 1970s posters and prints from our Permanent Collection — a time when artists, and society at large, were tackling issues of social justice and challenging the status quo,” Shoults explained. “AfriCOBRA stood for social justice in the ‘60s and continues today. A special thanks to Garbo Hearne and Kevin Cole for making this mini exhibition possible.”
Some work is more radical as shown in the AfriCOBRA pieces and some is more playful such as Claes Oldenburg’s print from Once Cent Life. Whether Black Power, the Irish Republican Army, or Feminism, these artists are a testament to the impact of activism through art.
This exhibition is sponsored by Simmons Bank.
Scenes Along the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway and Women of the Arkansas Delta
On exhibit: February 7 — April 20
Opening reception: Thursday, February 7, 5-7 p.m. with artists’ remarks at 5:30. The reception is free and open to the public.
Amateur and professional photographers capture the natural beauty and human experience of the Delta in this juried photography exhibition. Photographs of the landscape, people, artisans, musicians, wildlife, buildings and transportation give viewers a glimpse into the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway, which runs through the Delta from Pine Bluff to Lake Village along U.S. 65, and into Greenville and Leland, Mississippi, along U.S. 82.
Scenes Along the Delta is sponsored by Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission and Barbara House.
In a companion exhibition, visitors will also have a chance to view photos from a 1976 book by The Pine Bluff Women’s Center, Women of the Arkansas Delta.
Heavy Metal: Arkansas Women to Watch 2019
On exhibit: April 20 — June 22
Opening reception: Thursday, April 25, 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
The Women to Watch exhibit program was developed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts to feature underrepresented and emerging women artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. NMWA curators select the theme, and local arts professionals curate submissions to the national museum.
This theme explores the medium of metal: from the ornamental to the functional, regardless of outmoded distinctions or traditional definitions of what constitutes fine art or design and craft. The exhibit will show a broad range of women artists’ expressions in metal to demonstrate that contemporary artists carry on a vibrant legacy in the medium: sculpture, objects of adornment, conceptual applications, home furnishings, and vessels.
ACNMWA guest curator Matthew Smith of the Arkansas Arts Center selected the national nominees and the four Arkansas artists featured in the 2019 state tour.
This exhibit is sponsored by the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Our Front Porch
On exhibit: April 29 — May 11
Traveling Arts Fiesta, an Arkansas-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing cultures together and celebrating Hispanic art, is launching a year-long outreach project called “Our Front Porch.” The traveling art exhibit itself is a multi-sensory experience touching on the themes of home, connectedness, rootedness, landscape — a place where we unpack the word “neighbor.” Video and audio installations share stories, anecdotes and songs from the people who inhabit Arkansas.
This exhibition is sponsored by Traveling Arts Fiesta.
2019 Annual Pine Bluff High School Exhibition
On exhibit: May 2 — July 6
Opening reception: Thursday, May 2, 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
This annual exhibition showcases the best of Pine Bluff High School's art classes from the 2018-19 school year, and is curated by PBHS art teacher Shalisha Thomas.
Eviction Quilts by James Matthews
On exhibit: June 27 — September 28, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, June 27, 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
The quilts in this series by James Matthews are all made from clothes and bedding left curbside after local evictions — each quilt representing a single eviction in Little Rock. The found material was washed, pieced, and sewn into quilt tops, which were then backed and hand-tied with cotton yarn. The quilts serve as a sort of material archive, documenting the personal and physical loss of the eviction, while also transforming the fragments into something that speaks to function and comfort.
Matthews is a documentary artist with a bias toward the human-made landscape, manual processes, and the physical object. In addition to his Eviction Quilts series, he continues documenting Little Rock's places of worship, and exploring disparities of race, wealth, education, and especially violence in Little Rock, work he began in 2006. He holds a Certificate in Documentary Arts from Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies and has also studied folklore in graduate school at UNC and pottery at the Arkansas Arts Center. He lives in Little Rock with his family.
Exhibition sponsors are Relyance Bank and the Arkansas Arts Council.
2019 Annual Pine Bluff Art League Exhibition
On exhibit: August 8 — October 9
Opening reception: Thursday, August 8 12, 5-7 p.m., with juror remarks and prizes awarded at 5:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Twenty-five works from members of the Pine Bluff Art League will be on display in this annual exhibition. In addition to selecting the top 25 pieces, an outside juror determines prizes for Best in Show; First, Second, and Third Place; and Honorable Mention.
New Work from Chrystal Seawood
On exhibit: September 12 — November 16
Opening reception: Thursday, September 12, 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
This exhibition is sponsored by Simmons Bank.
2019 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition
On exhibit: October 10, 2019 — January 4, 2020
Opening reception: Thursday, October 10, 5-7 p.m., with juror remarks at 5:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
The Rosenzweig juried show has a long history with the Arts & Science Center, beginning with a gift from the Irene Rosenzweig Foundation in 1992. Irene Rosenzweig was born July 26, 1903, in Pine Bluff and graduated first in her class in 1920 from Pine Bluff High School. She received a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and was awarded the Prix De Rome fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. Fluent in French, German, Spanish, Latin and Greek, she served as tutor to the Franklin D. Roosevelt family in the White House. Rosenzweig died in Pine Bluff in 1997.
The Rosenzweig Exhibition includes entries in most media from Arkansas artists and artists from surrounding states.
By Shannon Frazeur
The Pine Bluff Art League (PBAL) and the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC) team up each year to showcase the best of the area’s talent with the Pine Bluff Art League Annual Juried Exhibition.
The 2018 show opens in the Simmons Gallery of the Arts & Science Center on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Prizes will be awarded at 5:30 p.m. for Best in Show; First, Second, and Third Place; and Honorable Mention.
Twenty-five works in painting, photography, and mixed media by 15 PBAL members comprise the show. The artists with works chosen for the exhibition are: Melissa Abernathy, Jimmy Burton, Vickie Coleman, Richard Davies, Gerry DeLongchamp, Linda DeMint, Patrick Edwards, Dell Gorman, Rhonda Holderfield, Jenny Holley, Crystal Jennings, Glenda Mullikin, Inis Ray, Elizabeth Sadler, and Claudia Spainhour.
“It is the most beautiful Pine Bluff Art League Show I’ve ever seen,” ASC Curator Dr. Lenore Shoults said. “The work is just fabulous. It’s going to be a stunning exhibition.”
Melissa Abernathy is the 2018 PBAL Exhibition chair.
Each year, ASC selects an outside juror to choose the pieces for the exhibition and the prize placement. Painter John Kushmaul had the honors for the 2018 exhibition, and was charged with selecting 25 works from the 67 entered.
“I am very impressed with the quality of the work, and appreciate the opportunity to participate as the juror for the show,” Kushmaul said. This was his first time to serve as an exhibition juror, he said.
“I’d encourage everyone who entered a piece to keep producing art. There were numerous tough calls as I narrowed down the field to 25,” he said.
Kushmaul lives in Little Rock but is a former White Hall resident. He lived in the Jefferson County city from 1983 to 1990, and from 1995 to 2004, he said.
His subjects are often city scenes with varied architecture — many of them recognizable buildings and sites from Little Rock and Jefferson County. “There have been several pictures based on Pine Bluff scenes in the mix from the beginning.”
Kushmaul will be at the reception to speak and award the prizes.
The Pine Bluff Art League — currently at 39 members — meets the first Sunday of the month and conducts workshops for its members, PBAL President Vickie Coleman said. She led the most recent workshop, which was on acrylic pouring. They also host guest artists from outside the area to teach.
PBAL members also teach at the Shepherd Center at Lakeside United Methodist Church, with fall classes beginning Sept. 12.
The PBAL artists extend their talents and reach out to help children in the community. One of their projects is an annual art exhibition for middle-school students called “Top of the Middle,” of which Coleman said she is very proud. All children in Jefferson County can enter, and teachers may submit 10 works from each school, Coleman explained. PBAL then hosts a reception at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center to recognize each student and award prizes.
“The children get really excited and they do wonderful work,” Coleman said. “We are always pleasantly surprised. The art exhibition is a way of encouraging them to continue to do art.”
The art league began another project his year. “We give an art backpack to every child who is new to the foster care system in Jefferson County,” Coleman explained. “We call it an art appreciation bag. It is full of art supplies and the ladies have painted small pictures, and there is a letter in there saying that is is done especially for them. And we put a book in there. The children have been appreciative of these.”
The present-day version of the Pine Bluff Art League was established in 1994, Coleman said. Previously, the organization was known as the Brush and Pallet Guild.
Those interesting in learning more about the Pine Bluff Art League are encouraged to call Coleman at 870-879-3825.
“We’d love to have more members,” Coleman said.
The Pine Bluff Art League Juried Exhibition exhibition will be on display through Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.