Give Art a Turn

"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  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 or call (501) 450-3293.

Roots, a projection installation by Adam Hogan

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.

Introducing Art Marketplace Artists from Independent Living Services

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."  

Introducing Art Marketplace Artist Kenneth Nelson

Kenneth Nelson will have his original artwork for sale at Art in the Park in Simon Park on October 3, 1pm-7pm.   Hello I'm Kenneth Rage Nelson. I'm known for my metal/alabaster sculptures and my bold graphic design but I work in every medium imaginable from painting and drawings to melted plastic and screen printing etc. I have been told my art is interesting and not common of the area. I'm form Stuttgart Ar, and a Fine Arts major graduate of UCA.   Personally I always hope that people can relate,enjoy,and question my artwork. As I always say "Art is a translation of experience".

Introducing Art Marketplace Artist Bryan Hill

Bryan Hill will have his original artwork for sale at Art in the Park in Simon Park on October 3, 1pm-7pm. Bryan Hill, born in Little Rock, AR has always wanted to use his creativity growing up and began writing songs as a teenager.  He first started writing and learning how to use music and software. He just recently finished his first novel and has began landing local acting roles. His goal in life is to write and direct movies. He’s a new and upcoming artist that feels if you’re a consistent hard worker, slowly but surely more people will know of your creations. He promotes peace and believes all positive energy is beneficial for becoming a good artist. He firmly believes that everything we need in this world God has given us, and that as individuals we must learn how to nurture ourselves and motivate ourselves to achieve whatever it is that we want. True success comes from within. His art targets the minority community, and those like him. He understands the struggle does exist but feels it’s not the end of their generation, it is the beginning.   Bryan has desire to become a film director. In hopes of creating films that expand the minds of all people. Knowledge is power and he feels that the world wants us to realize our full potential. In the community Bryan wishes to breed a new perspective about life. Using art in all forms to create a new level of freedom. We no longer have a underground railroad system in place that teaches us how to read and write. We should teach those who want to be free how to be free.  Believing in yourself instead of hollywood and television.  By providing opportunities to all people that are driven to reach success. Bryan believes one day he will be able to own his own film studio. The studio will help students grow into their crafts. Also will provide a way out of the endless sea companies that focus on taking your money rather than creating art and helping you become a better person. Artlysium was founded by Bryan Hill in 2012 and Incorporated in 2015.This is his attempt at creating a new world with built in systems of peace and love. In 2016 Bryan wishes to create a foundation for children who also want to use art as their modern day underground railroad.    Artlysium is a growing community that creates positive enlightenment for the world through all art forms.

Introducing Art Marketplace Artist Terrie Shires

Terrie Shires will have her original artwork for sale at Art in the Park in Simon Park on October 3, 1pm-7pm.  Terrie Shires teaches class piano and serves as a faculty accompanist at the University of Central Arkansas. As the UCA Horn Studio accompanist, she works with students as well as visiting artists.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts with a major in music and minor in mathematics from Hanover College, Indiana, and her MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Northern Illinois University. It was in Terrie's senior year at Hanover that she decided to take an art class for fun.  In that class, the students were able to work with a kiln and blow glass, as well as make leaded panels, try sandblasting, and work with copper foiling.  The creative visual-arts spark was ignited!   Over the years she has collected the materials and gathered more experience to work on bigger and more in-depth projects. She and husband, Brent (horn professor at UCA) attempt to balance work with family, including daughters Rebecca (16) and Rachel (13).  

Introducing Art Marketplace Artist Stephanie Stiles

Stephanie Stiles will have her original artwork for sale at Art in the Park in Simon Park on October 3, 1pm-7pm.  "My name is Stephanie Stiles.  I am a Christian, the mother of 2, a wife, and an English teacher. Now I am something I never thought I would be. . . an ARTIST!   I have been an avid reader all my life: books are precious to me.  I know in today’s technology savvy society actual hardback books are becoming less and less important to many, but not to me.  I had way too many books in my small house, but I just could not throw books out.  I often donated them, but I still had too many.  One day I saw folded book art and was amazed, intrigued and in love.  I taught myself how to do it, and now I cannot get enough of it! I can fold almost any shape, letter, word or symbol into a book.  I do custom orders so people can have names, dates, or whatever has a personal meaning put into a book.  Some of the most popular folds right now are baby feet, crosses, giraffes, owls, hearts, and names.    The books are not harmed at all!  The pages are just folded.  If you want to read the book, you can unfold the pages.  I doubt you would want to take the time, but you could.    A lot of time and love goes in to each and every book I fold.  I enjoy being able to make personal, unique gifts that can capture any personality.  I am currently attending various arts and crafts festivals.  You can also check out my work at or email me at for more information.  I ship internationally.  

Thank you to our Sponsors

Special thanks to: Hastings, American Management Corporation,  Faulkner County Library,  Reynolds Performance Hall,  UCA Baum Gallery,  Hendrix College,  Bob's Grill,  Blackbird Academy of Arts,  Preston Palmer Studios,  Lantern Theater,  UCA Physical Plant,  Mayor's Office,  UCA Blackbox Student Gallery,  UCA Department of Family and Consumer Sciences,  EcoFest,  Arkansas Arts Center,  Conway Copies,  Salter Properties,  Museum of Discovery,  Arkansas Arts Council,  Crain Automotive,  Joe Whisenhunt,  Scott Anderson,  Sherwin Williams,  Conway Food Truck Park,  Goodwill Industries of Arkansas,  Conway Chamber of Commerce, Conway Downtown Partnership, UCA Department of Mass Communications and Theater, UCA Collge of Fine Arts and Communication, and  Conway Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Conway Writers' Group to Host Reading September 27th

CONWAY WRITERS’ GROUP Reading: ArtsFest 2015 Faulkner County Public Library Meeting Room 1 Sunday, September 27 3 p.m. "Write what should not be forgotten." -Isabel Allende THEME: Art and Science (moderator: Michael Abernathy) David Ratchford a chapter from THROUGH THE GAP OF THE MOUNTAIN Joan Leffler an excerpt from FAMILY MEMOIRS Joyce Holder to be announced Bob Reising an excerpt from JIM THORPE: THE REST OF THE STORY Paula Abernathy “So You Want To Be a Time Traveler” Michael Abernathy “Apocalypse” Bryan Williams an excerpt from FROM ME AWAY J. Neal Wood “The Crow” Carroll Williams “A Chip on His Shoulder” QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS