Melissa Cowper-Smith “Without Remedy 2019”

The University of Central Arkansas’ Baum Gallery will host two exhibitions this spring, “Faculty Invitational” and “From It to Thou: Being Conscious of the Sacred in Nature.” An opening reception will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24. Both exhibits will go up on that day and remain up until Feb. 15.

The “Faculty Invitational” show features work from almost every full-time UCA art department faculty member, including those in the disciplines of graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, fiber, video and animation, and photography. Long-time faculty members whose work is featured include David Bailin, Melissa Cowper-Smith, Jessie Hornbrook, Deborah Kuster, Holly Laws, Bryan Massey, Ray Ogar, Donna Pinckley, Elizabeth Smith and Jeff Young.

“Our visitors have the opportunity to see the way that each professor approaches her own field,” said Brian Young, director of the Baum Gallery. “Some faculty embrace the process, while others see their work as a commentary on issues that affect us in a social or political sense.”

As a complement to the “Faculty Invitational,” the Baum Gallery — which is supported in part by the Conway Advertising & Promotion Commission — will host a more intimate exhibition entitled “From It to Thou: Being Conscious of the Sacred in Nature.” This show features the collaboration between the newest full-time member to the art department, assistant professor Peter Bella, and James Gabbard, continuing lecturer, Department of Art and Design at Purdue University. Together, Bella and Gabbard have juxtaposed Native American imagery, quotations about those images and typographic descriptions. In short, the audience will see the harmonious intersection of photography, graphic design and the written word.

For more information, contact Baum Gallery Director Brian Young at (501) 450-5793 or bkyoung@uca.edu.

About CFAC: The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Music, and Film, Theatre and Creative Writing, as well as the School of Communication. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators, and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit www.uca.edu/cfac or call (501) 450-3293.‬‬‬‬

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 uca.edu/art/baum, on Twitter or Instagram @baumgallery, or on Facebook at Facebook.com/baumgallery.