Artists in Residence

Residencies bring professional performing and visual artists, composers, creative writers, and filmmakers to the UCA campus for one or more days for the purpose of expanding student learning experiences. They offer the general student body exhibits, lectures, performances, readings, and screenings that enlarge awareness and appreciation of the arts, and provide students participating in the arts with master classes, presentations/discussions, and workshops that enhance understanding and professionalism.

The UCA Artist in Residence program is funded by the UCA Student Arts Fee. At UCA, we believe that a rich and vibrant arts culture is valuable and necessary to the education of all students, regardless of major or background. All events are located on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway, AR 72035, unless otherwise specified. All events are free to UCA students and open to the public (no reservations/tickets are required unless otherwise specified).

Fall 2023 AIR Brochure

All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Dr. Gayle Seymour at or (501)-450-3295.

FALL 2023

ALLYSON DOMBEY | costume design and multimedia sculpture | NOV. 16-17

Allyson Dombey is CEO of Dombey Design, a collaborative New Orleans glassblowing, metalworking, woodwork, costume, 3D-printing, and CNC machining multimedia design team. Dombey specializes in creating custom glass barware for patrons imbibing beverages throughout New Orleans and beyond, as well as multimedia costume pieces as a founding member and masker of the Krewe de Lune and Cosmonaughties dance troupe during the carnival season. In addition to her design work in the studio, Dombey is a creative information technologist with over twenty years of experience. Speaking French fluently, she has a multidisciplinary and international educational and professional background spanning French, sociology, public health, and information with degrees from Tulane University, Liverpool John Moores University, and the University of Michigan, and coursework at La Sorbonne in Paris. Dombey’s career has largely been in leading digital transformations and innovation for companies of all sizes, including advising executives of Fortune 100 companies. She brings Agile & Lean methodologies to art and glass studio manufacturing in order to create an empowered, collaborative business in Dombey Design. Dombey is a seasoned workshop facilitator and innovator for women and girls in STEM. In addition to applying STEM and business management expertise to the visual arts, she leans heavily on her multilingual skills to help break down communication barriers among teams by facilitating the co-creation and co-definition of the words they use to have a truly shared meaning. This residency is sponsored by the School of Langauge and Literature in conjunction with the Department of Art and Design and is part of the “Our Louisiana Heritage” series. Additional support is provided by Engage Management and Global Learning and Engagement. For more information, contact Dr. Adele Okoli at

Class Visit FREN 2310: Intermediate French
Nov. 16, 2023 | 9:25-10:40 am | Irby Hall 204

Class Visit FREN 3315: Creole Atlantic Seminar
Nov. 16, 2023 | 10:50-12:05 pm | Irby Hall 204

Student Presentation: “The Business of Art” and Q&A
Nov. 17, 2023 | 2-2:50 pm | Windgate Center Lecture Hall 167

Art Display and Reception
Nov. 17 | 5:00-7:30 pm | Windgate Center