Senior show to open Thursday at Baum Gallery




November 5, 2013

CONTACT: Dr. Jeff Young, (501) 450-3113,; Barclay McConnell, (501) 450-5793,



By Brandon Riddle

College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY – Works by 14 graduating art majors will be on view during the Fall 2013 BA/BFA Juried Senior Exhibition in the University of Central Arkansas’ Baum Gallery of Fine Art from Nov. 7-Dec. 5.

This exhibition features works by 12 bachelor of arts undergraduates with a fine art or art education emphasis and two bachelor of fine arts undergraduates with a studio art emphasis.

Students seeking these degrees must participate in the senior exhibit to meet their graduation requirements.

“The senior show is always an exciting event for the art department, showing students’ technical caliber and the ideas behind their work,” said Dr. Jeff Young, chair of the UCA Department of Art.

Exhibition receptions will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, and from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 in the Baum Gallery, located in the west wing of McCastlain Hall on UCA’s campus. The events are free and open to the public.

BA students participating are Kate Adams of Morrilton, Fine Art Emphasis; Eric Darmstaedter of Memphis, Tenn., Fine Art Emphasis; Theresa Ebinger of Little Rock, Fine Art Emphasis; Jessica Erby of Western Grove, Art Education Emphasis; Noel Graham of Little Rock, Fine Art Emphasis; Shane Hawkins of Batesville, Art Education Emphasis; Jennifer Holland of Little Rock, Fine Art Emphasis; Kayli Jones of Trumann, Fine Art Emphasis; Stephanie Ladd of Mena, Art Education Emphasis; Mallory Morris of Conway, Fine Art Emphasis; Rachel Oliver of Pittsburg, Pa., Fine Art Emphasis; and Melody Swartzwelder of Conway, Art Education Emphasis.

BFA students participating are Ciara Long, Graphic Design Emphasis, and Keith Pope of Sherwood, Graphic Design Emphasis.

BA and BFA students are required to show their work to an art faculty panel before being selected for the exhibition. A semester prior to the exhibit, BFA students must submit proposals to art faculty. The panel guides seniors as they brainstorm, develop and create.

Works chosen include a variety of media such as ceramics, paintings, drawings and sculpture.

Pope’s work will be a large wall installation piece featuring graffiti. Barclay McConnell, Baum Gallery of Fine Art director, said attendees could interact with this piece by adding their own words or images.

McConnell said Swartzwelder’s piece, which will incorporate painting directly onto a gallery wall, is not a common sight.

“So much creativity goes into these shows,” she said. “It’s a culmination of a lot of planning.”

Gallery hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with extended hours until 7 p.m. Thursdays. The gallery is also open from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. For directions and a campus map, visit

For more information, contact McConnell at (501) 450-5793 or

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Communication, Mass Communication and Theatre, Music and Writing. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit or call (501) 450-3293.

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