About the Baum

The University of Central Arkansas’s Baum Gallery will host a new exhibition Cig Harvey: From Red to Violet, running August 25 – October 13, 2022. This exhibition is curated by Brian Young, director, Baum Gallery with assistance from Donna Pinckley, professor of photography in the department of Art & Design, UCA.

Cig Harvey (b.1973) is a British-born artist and writer living in Maine and working in large-format color photography and poetry. Rich in implied narrative, saturated in color, and deeply rooted in the natural world, her work is devoted to the topic of what it is to feel.

Harvey has published five sold-out books: Blue Violet (Monacelli/Phaidon, 2021), Reveal (with Debbie Fleming Caffrey and Andrea Modica; Yoffy Press, 2020); You an Orchestra You a Bomb (Schilt Publishing, 2017); Gardening at Night (Schilt Publishing, 2015); and You Look at Me Like an Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012).

Outdoor Photographic Projections by Cig Harvey: September 28 and 29, at the UCA football stadium scoreboard; they will then be projected again on October 11 and 12. Time: 8-10pm.

Public Gallery Talk by Cig Harvey: October 11, 1:40-2:30pm at the Baum Gallery

Public Lecture by Cig Harvey, October 12, 6:30pm.




S22 Online Banner-01.png


Past Exhibitions:


January 27 – February 17, 2022

Past exhibitions

August 26-October 15, 2021

The Baum at 25

Baum at 25 is a slice of contemporary art in several media that explores the work of twenty-five graduates of the UCA Art and Design department. Rather than turn nostalgically toward the Baum Gallery’s twenty-five-year history, the exhibition is meant to show our current students and supporters the amazing work that our alumni continue to produce in the visual arts field. In particular, this exhibition showcases the fields and disciplines taught in the department: graphic design, painting, ceramics, fiber, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, video and animation.

This show opens at on Thursday, August 26 with a reception including Artist-in-Residence, Lily Kuonen whose work is included with a solo exhibition in Gallery III. The reception is 5pm – 8pm.

Public Roundtable: “Baum Gallery at 25”, August 26, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm, Baum Gallery

New to the Collection

In June of 2019, Penelope Hunter-Stiebel and Gerald G. Stiebel, donated eleven significant photographs to the Baum Gallery’s permanent collection. With the exception of two, all date from the decade between 1923-1933. In addition, all are either silver gelatin or platinum prints. The works follow in alphabetical order:

Alice Boughton, Girl in Long Dress on Rocks

Julia Margaret Cameron, King Arthur (from Idylis of the King), 1874

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Madrid [Concepcion Jeronima 13], 1929

Jaromir Funke, [Tribuna Newspaper and Bust], circa 1924, printed later

Fritz Henle, Florence at Night, 1923

Fritz Henle, Florenz, Blick Duurch di Uffizien, 1923

Tibor Honty, Summer Evening, 1952

Wendell MacRae, Rockeller Center, circa 1934

Edward Weston, Eggs and Slicer, 1930 (pictured above), printed by Cole Weston

Edward Weston, Pepper (5P),  negative date, 1929, printed by Cole Weston

Clarence H. White, Letitia with Thistle, not dated

With this gift, the Baum Gallery has created the most significant addition to its permanent collection, especially one with such historically important names in the field. In 1999, one scholar called Weston,“One of the most innovative and influential American photographers. . .”.  In addition, Cameron is widely regarded as one of the most renowned artists in Victorian Britain while Cartier-Bresson, a Frenchman, was a dominant force in street photography. That the Stiebels were able to gather such a cohesive and impressive collection is no surprise to those familiar with them. Gerald G. Stiebel is a fourth-generation art dealer while Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, was a former curator at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Portland Art Museum.

While the Stiebels did not have a connection to UCA, per se, they have long known Brian Young, director of the Baum Gallery. Their relationship goes back to the late 1990s when Young was at the Arkansas Arts Center. The AAC used to borrow and purchase drawings from Stiebal, Ltd., mostly for the Collectors Show and Sale. The Stiebels thought that bringing such an important body of work to an area with limited access to such materials made for a meaningful destination. The works will be rotated on view around the Baum Gallery beginning in spring of 2020. Until then, the works are available for viewing by appointment. UCA and the Baum Gallery wish to relay the Stiebels for the generosity.


Mission Statement

The Baum Gallery is an educational art museum for UCA students, faculty and staff, and the central Arkansas community. The Director and Faculty Exhibitions Committee select national and international touring exhibitions, sponsor juried student shows, and cooperate across disciplines to curate original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment. The gallery develops exhibitions and events that invite interaction and encourage dialogue about visual art: the creators, studio process, history, criticism, curation, and cultural contexts.

Exhibits and events are under the aegis of the UCA Department of Art and Design, College of Fine Arts and Communication. The Baum Gallery maintains institutional memberships in the Arkansas Museums Association, the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries, and the American Association of Museums.


Artist Submissions

Please send electronic images, a CV or artist resume, and contact info to bkyoung@uca.edu.


Appraisals or Authentications

Generally, the Baum Gallery does not provide appraisals or authentications. Contact the Appraisers Association of America for guidelines and state searches at www.appraisersassociation.org.