Announcements; Faculty & Staff

Donna Pinckley, Professor of Art, Photography

  • Finalist, UCA Faculty Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
  • Gold Award, San Francisco Bay International Photography Competition
  • Soho Gallery National Juried Photography Competition, New York, NY
  • Camera USA National Photography Exhibition, Naples Art Center, Naples, FL

Sandra Luckett, Associate Professor of Art, Painting

  • Requital (solo), Trinity Gallery. Poplar Bluff, MO
  • The Anthropogenic Sublime, Hendrix College. Conway, AR
  • soothSAY, Historic Arkansas Museum. Little Rock, AR
  • Different Invisible Lines, Batesville Art Center. Batesville, AR

Scott Meador, Associate Professor of Art, Digital

Chris Young tour with virtual wall and logos. Photo by Shawn Hancock

Scott Meador’s computer graphics specialty is animation for live events. So far this year he has worked on concert tours for Brad Paisley, Luke Combs, Chris Young, and Peter Frampton.

Luke Combs rehearsal with pouring beer on circular screen. Photo by Moo Creative Media

Some projects are collaborative where animation assets are used by other artists to create moments throughout a concert. This was the case for the Chris Young tour where Scott created a virtual wall and CY logos that allowed other artists to open and close and even disintegrate the wall and logos at different points during the concert.

Still frame from animation for Brad Paisley’s “Then” tour graphics

Individual songs often have specific design briefs where an artist needs to design an animation that can illustrate the content of a song or its theme or mood. For Luke Combs’s “Beer Can,” Scott created animations of beer pouring out of a can in swirls to compliment the circular screen upstage of the band. For Brad Paisley’s “Then,” he animated a trip around the Earth, which was integrated with NASA spacecraft footage.

Still frame from animation for Peter Frampton’s “Black Hole Sun” tour graphics.

For Peter Frampton’s farewell tour, Scott was invited to create all of the imagery for Frampton’s rendition of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” The brief required recreating astronomers’ recent image of an actual black hole as a starting point. Scott included two closer views of a black hole, a trip through a wormhole, and finishing with stars that converge to form a photograph of Chris Cornell, Soundgarden’s former lead singer.

Jeff Young, Professor of Art, Art Education

Jeff Young will be facilitating a discussion at the Arkansas Art Educators Annual Fall Conference in Little Rock, November 6-8, 2019. Based on a ten-year longitudinal study of art teachers in Arkansas and Texas with colleagues Deborah Kuster, UCA Retired Professor, and Chris Bain, Art Education Professor at University of Texas, Young will present information about the study and guide conference participants in a discussion exploring why novice and experienced art teachers stay in the profession.

Liz Smith, Assistant Chair | Associate Professor of Art, Ceramics

  • Little Rock Open Studio Tour in conjunction with the ACANSA arts festival and the Butler Center. September 2019
  • Cup: The Intimate Object XIV, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida, Invitational Exhibition October 4 – October 18

Peter Bella, Assistant Professor of Art, Graphic Design

The DESIGNED Podcast can be found on iTunes and most other podcast platforms.

Holly Laws, Assistant Professor of Art, Printmaking

In 2018 Associate Professor of Art, Holly Laws, was named a Heavy Metal Woman to Watch by the National Museum of Women to Watch.  This year she has been honored as one of three visual artists to receive the Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship to help help artists pursue their independent projects and endeavors, as well as perpetuate and build access to the arts statewide. Fellowship recipients will be honored at a ceremony on October 6th. Congratulations Holly!