BA/BFA Senior Exhibition to open April 5




March 27, 2012

CONTACT: Dr. Jeff Young (501) 450-3113;


By Gavin Douglas Glenn

College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — The spring 2012 BA/BFA Senior Exhibition, an exhibit by graduating UCA art majors, will be available for viewing at the University of Central Arkansas’s Baum Gallery of Fine Art April 5-21.

Receptions for the exhibition will be held on Friday, April 6, from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, from 2-4 p.m. in the Baum Gallery of Fine Art at McCastlain Hall.  The receptions and exhibition are free and open to the public.  Some works on display will be for sale.  Prices of the works are provided upon request.

“We communicate with each other in many ways — with words spoken and written, with our dance, through theater, with music, and with visual images,” said Dr. Jeff Young, chair of UCA’s Department of Art. “Some of us find that making visual images is the best way for us to communicate and share experiences, and others find that they enjoy responding to these visual images. Art exhibits are part of this process.  An exhibit provides an avenue for makers to share and for others to respond.”

All students seeking either a Bachelor of Arts with a Fine Art or Art Education emphasis or a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art degree must participate in a senior exhibit in order to fulfill their graduation requirements.  This spring, the exhibition will feature the work of 17 BA and two BFA undergraduates and will feature work in a variety of media.

Bachelor of Arts majors in Fine Art and Art Education, their hometowns and parents include Houston Allen of Batesville, daughter of Tom Allen; Laura Bryan of Little Rock, daughter of James and Ann Bryan; James Grimes of Little Rock, son of Emmanuel and Doretha Grimes; Beth Campbell of Fanwood, N.J., daughter of Mark Campbell and Denise Fenton; Brandon Hatchett of North Little Rock, son of Darrell Deadmon and Naabrytt Hatchett; Heather Hall of Little Rock, daughter of Michael and Sherry Hall; Brent Hawley of Cabot, son of Rickie and Rebecca Hawley; Jordan Karpe of Little Rock, son of Larry and Donna Karpe; Anna Koch of Paris, daughter of Jerry and Cris Koch; Clint Hitchcock of Higden, son of Loren Hitchcock and Tammy Verser.; Katelyn Lowery of El Dorado, daughter of John and Terry Lowery; Ron Mosby of Hazen, son of Ronnie and Bernadette Mosby; April Smith of Little Rock, daughter of Thomas Hansen; Caty McMains of Little Rock, daughter of Jim and Teresa McMains; Howard Neal of Clinton, son of Paul and Tracy Neal; James Sullivan of North Little Rock, son of Catherine Sullivan; and Aaron Wildshuetz of Little Rock, son of Alan Wildshuetz and Kim Gaither.

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio majors, their studio emphasis, their hometowns and parents include Mark Monroe of North Little Rock, Sculpture Emphasis, son of Steve and Lissa Monroe; and Stephanie Moore of Maumelle, Photography Emphasis, daughter of David and Barbara Moore.

To display in the exhibit, both BA and BFA students must show their work and have it approved by art faculty review panels.  The semester preceding the exhibit, the BFA students must submit proposals of their work to art faculty.  After approving the proposals, art faculty provide the students with guidance throughout the creation process.

“An exhibit like this also helps our students because when they continue making artwork after graduation, it will be juried and judged by peers,” Young said. “The senior exhibit is a juried exhibit in that the work that is displayed has been selected by the faculty in interviews and critiques with the students.  The senior exhibits at the end of each semester display the best work that these students have made in the last year or two of their program.”

The Baum Gallery of Fine Art is located in the west wing of McCastlain Hall, 201 Donaghey Avenue.  For directions and a campus map visit:  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Barclay McConnell, Director of the Baum Gallery of Fine Art, at (50) 450-5792;