story by Kevin Arnold, special to The City Wire
Editor's note: Kevin Arnold has been actively exhibiting locally and nationally since 2000. He has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as a Collegiate Teaching certification through Brown University. He is an adjunct faculty member in the art department at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
FAYETTEVILLE — Through the month of June, faculty in the University of Arkansas art department will be displaying their work on campus in the Fine Arts Center. It represents is a significant opportunity to see this collective and varied group of talented artists/educators come together to showcase their personal strategies for art production and creative output.
Paintings, photographs, sculptural objects and installations are just some of the ways that these regionally, and nationally recognized artists manifest themselves within the walls of a thriving art department.
The exhibit runs through June 29. Summer gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. A closing reception will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. on June 28. For more information, call (479) 575-7987 or visit here.
Other exhibits worth a look:
Joy Pratt Markham Gallery
Walton Arts Center
Structuring Nature: Orit Hofshi, Andrew Moore, Serena Perrone, Ben Peterson and Randall Exon
Through June 23
The theme of this particular exhibits explores the modern landscape, its relationship to us and our influences on it. Although landscape is a very familiar theme throughout art history, the work featured in this exhibit is anything but cliché.
This widely diverse group of printmakers, photographers, and painters all approach the idea of landscape from radically different perspectives. They confront their subject matter not from some preconceived notion of pastoral beauty, but instead they draw their influences from somewhere deeper within the psychological. Dealing with themes related to human interaction and affect on the environment, the inner beauty of suburbia and impossible fabricated architectural spaces, all functioning within the context of an ever-changing landscape.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon until 4 p.m. Sunday and after most Walton Arts Center performances. More information can be found here.
Arts Center of the Ozarks
As Light Fades: William Mayes Flanagan
William Mayes Flanagan has been a familiar face on the local art scene for more than 60 years. He has exhibited throughout Northwest Arkansas, in Little Rock and in Texas and can be seen on permanent display in many locations in and around the Fayetteville area. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Flanagan’s skillful use of watercolor reveals the quiet grander of his native landscape in a way that beckons the viewer to experience the familiar in a new light.
While his work conveys a strong sense of place, it also carries with it a bit of mystery. Cityscapes, barns, figures nestled within the rolling landscape are revealed through the glowing of eventide. The viewer is invited to experience this faded light in a way that evokes both curiosity and intimacy.
The arts center’s hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A reception for the artist will be 6-8 p.m. June 7. For more information and gallery hours contact (479) 751-5441 or visit here.
Art Seen 107
Kevin Lewis Fougerousee
Art Seen 107 at 107 S.E. Third St. will be kicking off its summer season with a solo exhibition featuring the work of Kevin Lewis Fougerousee.
Fougerousee’s work has been primarily shown in Dallas and tends to focus on themes relating to beauty and decay. Much of his work follows in the tradition of more notable neo-expressionists like jean Michele Basquet and Julian Schnabel. The language is that of abstraction. By use of vivid but jarring color harmonies, simultaneously tense and playful depiction of objects rendered in an almost primitive manner, Fougerousee’s work attempts to activate the surface of the paper or canvas with evidence of its process.
Through aggressive brush strokes, emotionally-charged renderings of skull motifs, abstract faces and bulls drawn in a child-like innocence, the work is as much about the weight of the subject as it is about its maker.
For more information and gallery hours, call (479) 876-8817 or (479) 619-9115.