The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will present an opening reception for the exhibition UAPB & ASC: Five Decades of Collaboration, from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2.
Remarks will be made at 4:15 p.m. The reception will be followed by Live@5 featuring the UAPB Jazz Ensemble.
“Admission to the art reception and Live @5 is free, in appreciation to the entire community for 50 great years,” according to a news release.
“The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), a historically Black college in existence for over 140 years, and the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC), which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018, have enjoyed decades of collaboration. This exhibition features artwork from ASC’s Permanent Collection by UAPB faculty and students,” according to the release.
Works on exhibit include pieces from each art department chairman: John Miller Howard, Henri Linton, and Danny Campbell. Faculty artists are Tarrence Corbin, Earnest Davidson, Fred Schmidt, and William Detmers. Students who have obtained national acclaim include Kevin Cole, Joe Norman, and Jeff Donaldson with a piece on loan, thanks to the UAPB Library and Ed Fontenette, according to the release.
“Art department chairman for 47 years, Mr. Henri Linton, was an invaluable resource for the exhibition loaning a piece by Isaac Hathaway who came to the university in 1915 to teach ceramics,” according to the release.
Linton shared the art department history with arts center curator Lenore Shoults. These conversations brought to light about students who won recognition for their artwork, including Rosalie Bushnok, Cathy Burns, and Sheila Cantrell, all of whom have pieces in the Permanent Collection which are part of the exhibition.
Current ASC exhibitions include the STEAM STUDIO How People Make Things exhibition, sponsored by Relyance Bank, offering hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects with four manufacturing processes — molding, cutting, deforming and assembly; and #GildTheDelta: Recent Works by Norwood Creech, sponsored by Simmons Bank. Norwood incorporates metallic mediums of gold and silver into the paintings capturing the Delta landscape through gilded interpretations. Each painting depicts a specific place: from Native American burial mounds to exact roadside locations, farmer’s pivots in the field to Johnny Cash’s childhood home.