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"Head" by Kensuke Yamada

“Head” by Kensuke Yamada

"Head 2" by Kensuke Yamada

“Head 2” by Kensuke Yamada

The University of Central Arkansas’s Baum Gallery will host an exhibition titled “Fired Up in the Natural State: Contemporary Ceramics” Thursday, Jan. 23 to Friday, Feb. 14, with an opening reception Jan. 23, from 4-7 p.m.

"Take the Weight Buck Head" by Aaron Calvert

“Take the Weight Buck Head” by Aaron Calvert

The exhibition is co-curated by Brian Young, director of the Baum Gallery, and Liz Smith, associate professor and associate chair of the art department at UCA.

The exhibition will feature ceramics from some of the most prominent university faculty members in Arkansas, Young said, along with the work of professional artists.

“‘Fired Up’ is an exhibition meant to inspire our BA and BFA students in the field of ceramics,” Young said. “By selecting the work of professionals and academics, I want students to see the full range of contemporary ceramics. In particular, our audiences will see a variety of forms and expressions, from the functional to the whimsical.”

"Big 'Un" by Aaron Calvert

“Big ‘Un” by Aaron Calvert

Artists participating in the exhibition include: Liz Smith, University of Central Arkansas; Helen Phillips, formerly University of Central Arkansas; Anna Wagner, University of Central Arkansas, BFA, 2020; Benjamin Cirgin, formerly University of Arkansas, and now teaching at the Eastern Kentucky University; Jeannie Hulen, Linda Lopez and Mathew McConnell, all University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Kensuke Yamada, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Aaron Calvert, Henderson State University; Dawn Holder, University of the Ozarks; Stephen Driver, co-owner of Little Mulberry Pottery; Joe Bruhin, independent artist; and Fletcher Larkin, owner of Fox Pass Pottery.

For this exhibition, Baum Gallery is grateful for support from the UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication, the UCA Art Department and the Conway Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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

About Baum Gallery: The Baum Gallery is focused on providing contemporary art to inspire UCA students. The gallery develops exhibitions and events that invite interaction and encourage dialogue about visual art. Come get inspired! The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Updates about events can be found at, on Twitter or Instagram @baumgallery, or on Facebook at