Baum gallery acquires new works, all direct ties to UCA

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New Gifts to the Baum Gallery

Donaghey Hall

At the beginning of the fall 2018 semester, the Baum Gallery organized Artistic Processes: Drawings and More. This exhibition featured preparatory work across numerous media including printing, sculpture, painting, illustration, a poster, a banner and ceramics. The exhibition included preparatory drawings, spontaneous sketches, and sculptural models. Artists include Abe Blashko, David Bailin, Morton Brown, Charles Burchfield, Kevin Cole, Rafael Corzo, Louis Freund, Tony Hepburn, Fannie Hillsmith, E.B. Lewis, Bryan Massey, Jennifer Rospert, Louis Schanker and Ben Shahn. Bailin, Massey and Rospert are faculty members of the UCA Department of Art; Brown is an alumnus of the UCA art department now living in Pennsylvania. The pieces ranged from the doodles of famed American Regionalist Burchfield to Massey’s maquette (or model) for his large-scale bear sculpture that is affixed to the outer wall of Donaghey Hall.

Conway Mural

For those visitors interested in the evolution of the placement of murals in downtown Conway, there was a working drawing lent by Brown that was the basis for his Aurora Rising mural on the south side of Conway City Hall on Front Street, facing Simon Park.

At the end of this exhibition, Morton Brown and Bryan Massey agreed to leave their respective works to the permanent collection of the Baum. And, Scott Meador, Associate Professor of Digital Filmmaking, also at UCA, donated his working facsimile of the mural. While the latter is a digitally-made reproduction, it is squared-for-transfer and was used to aid the murals’ painters. As a complement to these gifts, the Baum also received several drawings by Peter Pincus, a ceramist, who exhibited his works at the same time as the process exhibition.

Taken together, these studies provide a glimpse into artistic creativity as practiced by the art department, alumni and artists-in-residence here at UCA.