PRE-SEASON EXHIBIT: FOUNDATION CLASS COMPETITIVE Aug 18- Sept 1, 2011
FALL SEASON OF EXHIBITIONS Sept 15 -Oct 27, 2011
Connections: The Fifteenth Year
Anniversary exhibition featuring work in all UCA studio content areas by 27 selected UCA and Arkansas artists
More Than a Mold: Contemporary Slip Cast Ceramics
Juried group show of slip cast ceramic sculpture and decorative arts
Artist Installation Workshop Friday, Sept 2 – Wednesday, Sept 7
cloud control: the devastation of an anchor
A multi-media installation by Carrie A. Dyer, UCA Department of Art Faculty Member
ANNUAL ALUMNI EXHIBITION Oct 6 - Oct 29, 2011
Keith Melton: New Projects
Exhibition of manipulative digital photography.
BA/BFA JURIED SENIOR EXHIBITION Nov 10 -Dec 8, 2011
SPRING SEASON OF EXHIBITIONS Jan 19 - Feb 26, 2012
Environments: Interrogating Space
Site-specific, multimedia installations by Annie Strader, Matthew Weedman, Ryan Mulligan and Anna Vaughan. Exhibition curated by Kristin Beal DeGrandmont.
New Work: Color Portraits
Photography by UCA Department of Art Professor Donna Pinckley
2012 ANNUAL STUDENT COMPETITIVE March 7 - March 28, 2012
BA/BFA JURIED SENIOR EXHIBITION April 5 -April 28, 2012
Improvised Intaglio: Jiří Anderle Prints from the Baruch Foundation
This exhibit featured twenty works by a world renowned Central European master printer. Courtesy of the Baruch Foundation, prints from nine different series by the artist were represented in the exhibit.
The Department of Art purchased Anderle's A Cruel Game for Man in support of the Foundation's art scholarship fund and to benefit UCA students. In appreciation, the Foundation donated the remaining exhibit prints to the department.
This exhibit of twenty digital photographs explored a new paradigm for portraiture. Inspired by Old Master paintings, each work features the subject in a self-selected arrangement of possessions, allowing commentary about individual attachments, consumerist culture and contemporary identity.
This immersive installation by UCA Associate Professor of Art Holly Laws was inspired by the first mass-produced American suburb created by the New York firm Abraham Levitt and Sons in reponse to much needed-housing for returning veterans of WWII.
A combination of sculpture, drawing, video and recorded dialogue, the installation offered a visual and aural trace of the lives of Levittown's former and present occupants.
Baum MFA Biennial
This biennial competitive award features paintings by recent MFA graduates Ananda Balingit-LeFils and Daniel McFarlane. Juror is Toby Kamps, Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
Fantastic Realities: Photography by Julie Blackmon
Digitally-manipulated images of fictional and autobiographical events explored elements of everyday life in this exhibit. Blackmon’s distinctive interpretation found the edges of complacency and certainty.
Tagged, Stamped and Stenciled: Guerrilla Art Goes Gallery
A celebration of graffiti as an art form, this interactive exhibit featured three large murals created by San Francisco artist Mark Bode with the UCA Painting Master Class under his tutelage. UCA art classes and visitors contributed additional tags, stamps and stencil expressions to a recreated urban/metro station environment.
Mark Bode adds details to a mural.
Polarized Dispersions: a multi- media installation by Michael Wyshock
This UCA Department of Art Faculty Show was a combination of image, sound, and reflected light created by multiple computer-generated video tracks projected on multiple fabric screens connected to a central spine. This sculptural exploration demonstrated the artistic potential of electronic media.
Cardinal Points/Puntos Cardinales: A Survey of Contemporary Latino and Latin Americna Art from the Sprint Nextel Collection
This exhibit featured works by artists from twenty countries, representing numerous ethnicities, cultures, and disparate social and economic conditions. It demonstrated the variety of approaches utilized by Latino artists north, east, south and west of the center of South America, proving there is no identifiable "Latin American style."
This exhibit was an "open storage" display of historic vessels, masks and figures representing a dozen geographic regions in Mexico. It was the first public exhibition of the extensive holdings gifted to the university by UCA alumni Dr. and Mrs. Earl B. Riddick, and addressed the process for managing The UCA Art Collection.
Water bottle in the form of a dog, State of Colima, Mexico, 500 AD, earthenware. Courtesy of The UCA Art Collection: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Earl B. Riddick.
Function PLUS: Contemporary Teapots, contemporary fine craft selections from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection
The exhibit featured traditional functional teapots as well as non-functional forms that tested long-assumed boundaries between craft processes and fine art production.
Six Degrees of Transmutation: Emerging Artists '09
This invitational exhibition featured young artists who have distinguished themselves after completing their MFA degrees by developing bodies of work for show and sale, maintaining an active exhibition record and sophisticated online presence, achieving gallery representation, and receiving consistent mention in a variety of publications.
Joy Christiansen Erb(MFA,Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, 2005), photographer and installation artist, has developed bodies of work and lectured widely on the subject of eating disorders, domestic encounters, and familial relationships. From her home in Ohio, she is currently coordinating the travel of her “Family Gathering” exhibition across the United States from Miami University in OH, to the Hartnett Gallery in Rochester, NY, to The Women’s Museum in Dallas, TX, including the Baum Gallery. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Youngstown State University.
Seldon Hunt, an Australian designer and illustrator living in NYC, creates posters and cover art for contemporary visionaries including Neurosis, Khanate, Jesu, Null, Hydrahead Records, Isis, and Lotus Eaters. He has appeared in numerous magazines and worldwide publications including Revolver, Rocksound, Versus, iDn, and Vice, and writes for the Los Angeles-based rock magazine TVEYE for which he also serves as art director. He has exhibited in Europe and the USA, most recently in the “Catalyst” group show at the FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco, CA, an exhibit of today's most prominent visual artists from the abrasive music community.
Amy Mayfield (MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2006) paints self-described “intuitive landscapes” that are derived from the vernacular of the craft movement.Prolific and experimental, she combines abstract content and non-linear narratives with layers of lush pigment — fusing them with the language of her chosen medium. She shares her knowledge and experience in an active visiting artist schedule while exhibiting widely in the midwest, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Kerry Skarbakka(MFA Photography, Columbia College Chicago, 2003), photographer, has exhibited internationally in solo and invitational exhibitions featuring several bodies of work, two of which are represented in this exhibition: The Struggle to Right Oneself, and Live from the Flood Zone. His work is collected internationally, and has received written acclaim, having been featured in numerous articles including commentary inAPERTURE,Cover,andArtReview International. Skarbakka’s innovation in constructed narrative content illustrates his commitment to experimentation.
Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite. Leadedfeatured more than 40 contemporary artworks by 16 international artists who utilized the physical nature and visual characteristics of graphite and pencils as content in their two- and three-dimensional work. While employing a fundamental drawing medium, the art went beyond usual borders of the generalized history of modern drawing. The role of mark-making was subsumed or completely absent from many of the pieces, and representation was a secondary motivation. The artworks were organized into overlapping themes: Graphite as Content, Graphite as Transformative Agent, and Graphite as Sculpture.
The exhibition was curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions at the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia, and was organized for travel by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.
New Territories: Ceramic by Justin Novak. This contemporary sculpture exhibit introduced two new series of ceramic figurines: the 21st Century Bunny and Icarus, Jr. Narrative and individualized with glazes and decals, Novak’s bunnies suffer from the condition of living in a world increasingly mediated by a state security apparatus. Humor illustrates the pathological and cyclical nature of violent behavior in this edgy interpretation of the “collectible” figurine. Referring tangentially to their mythological source, the Icarus, Jr. figures suggest astronauts in flight over a world of uncertain ecosystems - each one differentiated only by the disasters reflected in the visor of its climatized helmet. The exhibition also featured artist-designed digital prints relative to series content.
Baum MFA Biennial Competitive Exhibition: Juried Bodies of Work/3D. The biennial is designed to acquaint UCA and Arkansas students with outstanding art works created by graduates of Master of Fine Arts programs across the nation. The 2008 exhibit was sponsored by the Friends of the Baum Gallery, UCA Foundation, Inc. Juror Justin Novak, ceramicist and Associate Professor of Art at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada, selected the work of Kevin Curry for this post-graduate exhibition opportunity from a national field of submissions.
Artist Kevin Curry completed his MFA degree at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) in 2008. His interests in history and storytelling have inspired his use of discarded consumer items in his art work — such as toys, signage, and mechanized devices — to create artifacts that reflect upon the looked-over, hidden, and forgotten parts of American culture and contemporary life.
Return of the Yellow Peril: A Survey of the Work of Roger Shimomura, 199-2004.
This exhibit featured paintings, prints, sculpture and documentation of theatrical design. Roger Shimomura began creating art inspired by his experience as a Japanese American after he joined the art faculty at the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1969. His uniquely bicultural style of work integrates images from ukiyo-e woodcut prints with images from American popular culture. It’s been described as “pop art with a Japanese twist.” Using humor as a weapon, his artwork moves from ironic constructions of cultural identity to biting denunciations of racial prejudice.
This traveling exhibit was a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance with the Arkansas Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts, and was sponsored by an Artist-in- Residence grant through the UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication.
Views from Both Sides of the Barbed Wire Fence. Thiscollaborative exhibit of paintings and prints by John Newman and Roger Shimomura shared the artists’ unique perspectives about the WWII-Era Japanese-American internment camps. Their art works reflect family experience and oral tradition: Shimomura spent two years as a toddler in Camp Minidoka in south-central Idaho with his family, and John Newman’s family observed Camp Rohwer as African American sharecroppers who lived in southern Arkansas at the time of internment.
Inside/Outside: Student Drawings from the Rohwer Camp. This exhibitgave evidence of the youthful presence in the Rohwer internment camp and of the curriculum developed by its resident art educator, Mabel Rose Jamison, a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. Through drawings completed on site and preserved by McGehee AR community leader Rosalie Santine Gould, the exhibit examined the role of Ms. Jamison’s contributions to the quality of life in the camp, and offered a glimpse into student life and artistic response during that era.
The Architect’s Brother: Photography by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. This exhibit consisted of narrative photographic images featuring an “Everyman” character who works to restore a spent physical world by using bizarre contraptions to patch holes in the sky, create rain machines, and chase storms to create electricity. Robert ParkeHarrison poses as inventor, scientist, activist or caretaker in these theatrical scenes: each set is staged by Shana, with props built and photographed by the artists. Each image captures a moment in Everyman’s effort to preserve or heal the natural world. With humor, fantasy, and metaphor, the ParkeHarrisons’ layered photographic constructions urge viewers to immerse themselves in an alternate world that encouraged contemplation and response.
Robert Rauschenberg, Artist-Citizen: Posters for a Better World.
Thisexhibit featured 17 lithographs and screen prints that address historic social, cultural, and political concerns, such as racial equality, nuclear disarmament, and environmental protection. Rauschenberg, believed that artists must be engaged in "determining the fate of the Earth." Praised for his artistic and social energy, Rauschenberg earned the title "artist-citizen" in 1976 during his critically acclaimed retrospective at the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum).
Theexhibition was developed by the University Art Gallery of California State University, Hayward, organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service,and funded withsupport from an Artist-in- Residence grant from the UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication.
Baum MFA Biennial Competitive Exhibition: Juried Bodies of Work.
The biennial competitivewas inaugurated to acquaint UCA and Arkansas students with outstanding art works created by graduates of Master of Fine Arts programs across the nation. The 2006 juror David S. Rubin, Curator of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, selected MFA thesis works in various media by Judy Rushin (Drawing/Painting, Georgia State University, 2005) and Jaime Kennedy (Photography, The Ohio State University, 2006). Rushin’s seven works combined mixed-media drawings, paintings, prints, and charcoal drawings with wood and paper sculptures to investigate the people, places, and events in an extended backyard between the woods and the world. Kennedy’s five photographic works investigated the dichotomy that exists between natural systems that function within the world, against human systems that attempt to modify, control, and improve upon the natural systems of order.
The biennial competitive was originally partially funded with a grant from the UCA Foundation, Inc.
STAND2006 A collegiate graphic design competitive exhibition featured student-designed posters that addressed current social, political, environmental, and global issues. Entry juror Renate Gokl of Studio Blue in Chicago, IL, selected 14 entries for the exhibit, representing 5 Arkansas colleges and universities. The awards juror was John Sayles, principal with The Sayles Design Group, in Des Moines, IA. The exhibit opened with “Graphically Speaking: a design seminar from the field” that featured speakers and events about current trends and developments. The seminar was sponsored by the Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by the MetLife Foundation with support from the UCA Foundation, Inc., and the Friends of the Baum Gallery.
Fall 2005 A Glimpse into EchizenCeramics. This exhibit featured over 100 thrown and hand-built ceramic pieces from the Fukui area of Japan where abundant iron-rich stoneware has been worked by Japanese potters for over 1,000 years. The term “Echizen” refers to the potters of this region who initially produced their wares for agricultural or utilitarian use. The exhibit included work by Juroemon Fujita, a potter recognized as a "Cultural Treasure" in Japan.
View From Here: Contemporary Russian and American Screenprints. This exhibit was developed by Hand Print Workshop International, a non-profit enterprise created in Moscow in 1991, now based in Alexandria, Virginia, that continues to organize artists’ residencies focusing on the relationship between the artist, society, and common universal values. The exhibit presented 70 screen prints by 21 leading artists from Russia and the United Statesthatrepresented the versatility of printmaking and the re-examination of relationships between Russia and the United States after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.
This traveling exhibition was provided through International Art & Artists andwas sponsored by an Artist-in-Residence grant through the UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication.
Spring 2005 Out of This World: A Sandy Skoglund Installation. This exhibit was a creative collaboration between the artist and a UCA Master Class in photography. With aluminum as the chose medium, the form and content became a backyard barbecue: the installation remained in situ as a spring- board for artistic response and reference. Ms. Skoglund is known for poking fun at suburban realities with her large-format Cibachrome photographs of bright and humorously unsettling, room-sized installations. Since her selection for the 1981 Whitney Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, Sandy Skoglund's installations and documentations of same have been commissioned by museums and universities around the world. She teaches photography and installation/multi-media at Rutgers University in New Jersey.