"The University of Central Arkansas, in conjunction with partners in Little Rock, has produced multiple events that use the arts to spotlight the history of Little Rock’s Central High School, marking the 90th anniversary of its opening and commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Desegregation Crisis in 1957. Through visual art, music, architecture, spoken word, and dance, we seek to showcase the arts as tools for social change and spark community conversations about race and place surrounding these anniversaries." From UCA's College of Fine Arts and Communication. For more information continue reading below. A full schedule can be found at http://uca.edu/cfac/central60/ Continue reading
For Light Up the Night, Conway Alliance for the Arts partnered with Kings Live Music, to close down Front Street and bring a festival to Downtown Conway. Light Up the Night featured live music, art vendors, and an exhibition in the Brick Room sponsored by Salter Properties. Photos by Kristen Spickard, kristenspickard.com
Artist, David Graeve, who creates large scale photographic installations spent a few days with consumers at Independent Living Services. ILS consumers took photos and created their own art works on convex mirrors. The finished pieces were displayed at an exhibit at UCA Downtown during ArtsFest X. Scroll down for photo albums from day 1 and 2 of the workshop and of the ILS reception at UCA Downtown. Photos by Kristen Spickard, kristenspickard.com
Photos of a temporary public art instillation by artist Kristen Spickard. This instillation was up for only a few hours in Conway's Laurel Park. Visitors could l peek, or clime in the tent to see prints and photographs by the artists. They could also participate in several "camp" activities, such as badge making and storytelling. Photos by Kristen Spickard. kristenspickard.com
Photos of ArtsFest X, Art in the Park on October 1st, 2016. All photos by Kristen Spickard. http://kristenspickard.com/
"Since ancient Greece, vending machines have been around giving out such things as books, food, socks, and even poetry. As a child, you may fondly remember vending machines as those magical boxes that gave out candy and toys at the grocery store. Now, we want to use them to bring art to the public. Never been to an art gallery? We'll just bring the gallery to you. Inside these vending machines are tiny works of art created by real, working artists living in Conway. This is just our tiny way of making art more accessible and inclusive." --Dr. Gayle Seymour Continue reading
WRITER KELLY LINK TO VISIT UCA AS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE By Hanna Lowery College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office CONWAY — Kelly Link, an author of “speculative” or “slipstream” fiction, will visit the University of Central Arkansas as Artist in Residence in conjunction with the 10th celebration of ArtsFest in Conway. "She seamlessly mixes elements of realism, magic realism, horror, supernatural fiction, fantasy, and science fiction into a unique blend that is distinctly Kelly Link," said Dr. John Vanderslice, associate professor of creative writing and faculty sponsor for the residency. "She has also been one of the most important influences in moving magic-leaning fiction out of the genre basement and into wider acceptance." Link’s works include Get in Trouble, Stranger Thing Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. She was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for Get in Trouble. As part of her residency, Link will hold a public reading and book-signing event Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the UCA College of Business, room 107. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, she will hold a masterclass for creative writers at 10 a.m. in Thompson Hall, room 331. Both events are free and open to the public. “Already we can feel the excitement around campus,” Vanderslice said. The Artist in Residence program is funded by UCA’s arts fee and is administered by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. For more information about the program, call the Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, at (501) 450-3293or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
M E M O R Y I S N O T A N I N S T R U M E N T F O R E X P L O R I N G T H E P A S T B U T I T S T H E A T E R. I T I S T H E M E D I U M O F P A S T E X P E R I E N C E, A S T H E G R O U N D I S T H E M E D I U M I N W H I C H D E A D C I T I E S L I E I N T E R R E D. -W A L T E R B E N J A M I N Roots is a site specific project that uses projection mapping technology to reposition images onto architectural and urban environments, and acts as a theater to explore a memory-like interpretation of a landscape lost to development. Roots examines the relationship between what we consider developed space and natural landscape by superimposing natural imagery within an urban environment. As an artist and filmmaker, I am fascinated by humanity’s geomorphological agency within the landscape. Our appetite for resources, design and comfort has made humanity arguably the largest force that sculpts the Earth. I explore our, sometimes tumultuous, relationship with the landscape by developing spaces of contemplation—a space where the viewer can spend time and examine the anthropogenic traces of humanity via the cinematic apparatus and immersion. It is worth noting that the project does not try to historically represent the landscape that once stood on the grounds of the site, but instead offers the viewer an ethereal, dreamlike vision of a natural space. A foggy, shifting atmospheric memory that is long removed from the built environment surrounding it. To be sensitive to the natural geography and native species found in the region, the raw materials for this project were specifically captured in Arkansas. Filming was focused on the state’s rivers, lowlands, and forests. Special thanks to Barclay McConnell, the Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas, and DXARTS at the University of Washington. Bio. Adam Hogan is an artist that works in experimental film and sound with a background in digital and lens based media. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the transdisciplinary program at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art in Washington University in St. Louis. Hogan makes films and installations employing minimalist and abstract cinematic form that explore the anthropogenic traces humanity leaves on the landscape. He actively pursues work and theory in new media, hybrid and collaborative practices, experimental sound, ambisonics, expanded photography, experimental film, technology (digital and analog) and field studies/expeditions. Hogan is currently based out of Seattle, WA as a member of the Digital Arts and Experimental Media Ph.D. program at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Artwork and holiday cards made by artists with Independent Living Services will be for sale at Art in the Park in Simon Park today, October 3, 1pm-7pm. Your purchase helps support the ILS art program! Mission: "ILS educates, advocates, and provides supportive services to empower families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. ILS strives to advance the independence, productivity, and confidence of people into the community." http://indliving.org/