UCA Downtown, located at 1105 Oak Street in Conway, is a multi-use space, home to culinary, fine arts, technology and other community education and lifelong learning programs hosted by UCA.
The current exhibition of artwork on display in the UCA Downtown gallery space is by Austin Benson, Kaylee DeWees, and Erik Rivera. The works, originally displayed in the annual Spring 2016 BA/BFA Senior Exhibition at the UCA Baum Gallery, were awarded “Exhibition Honors” by the UCA art faculty.
Austin Benson, B.A. in Art: Art Education Emphasis, will be student teaching in the fall and graduating in December 2016.
Kaylee DeWees, B.F.A. in Studio Art: Sculpture Emphasis and Minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies, will be completing her remaining coursework and graduating in December 2016.
Erik Rivera, B.A. in Art: Fine Art Emphasis and Minor in Creative Writing, graduated in April 2016.
Come by and see the completed sculptures by visiting artist Patrick Dougherty titled, The Big Naturals. The structures made of natural materials can be found between McCastlain Hall and McAlister Hall on the UCA campus. A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped to create them. Check out this time-lapse video of the installation:
The Department of Art views educational achievement as both an individual and collective responsibility. Offering a variety of undergraduate programs in art, the department directs the educational progress of students toward quality research, creative practice, and public service. Art uniquely transforms those who create and those who respond. The department uses the transformative value of art to connect members of the community, enhancing and enriching lives, and making us more conscious of ourselves and others in the world. In order to achieve this mission, the department has set the following goals:
To challenge students with an intensive curriculum characterized by individualized instruction.
To reward faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching, scholarly and creative endeavors, and community service.
To maintain facilities and resources that foster opportunities to experience the creation, exhibition, and study of the visual arts.
To provide opportunities for community involvement and broaden public awareness of the visual arts.
Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Art!
Photo by Donna Pinckley
The Department of Art challenges students with an intensive curriculum, guiding them toward creative practice, quality research, and public service. The department serves over 200 art majors pursuing the BFA degree with emphases in ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture and the BA degree with emphases in art education, art history, and fine arts. Our faculty members are committed to students and are productive in their fields, exhibiting artwork in galleries and competitive shows across the country, publishing in academic journals, and presenting at regional, national, and international conferences. Our students are active in making and studying artwork, teaching in the community, and participating in student organizations and public service activities. Every semester the Baum Gallery in McCastlain Hall displays the work of nationally and internationally known artists as well as the BA/BFA Senior Exhibit. The Black Box Gallery in the Schichtl Studio Arts Building hosts a number of student exhibitions rotating every few weeks. These exhibits broaden awareness of the visual arts on campus and provide opportunities for the people in the central Arkansas area and the state to view and experience the arts.
Art Office McAlister 101 450-3113
Baum Gallery McCastlain 145 450-5793
Black Box Gallery Schichtl 1A 450-3113
Graphics Studio McAlister 404 450-3688
Photography Studio McAlister 405 450-3688
Visual Resources Library McAlister 105 450-3659
The University of Central Arkansas is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Their offices are located at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia 20190. Telephone: (703) 437-0700.