Visual studies prof to present art lectures

A professor of art in visual studies at Winston Salem State University will visit UALR this week as part of the “Why Take/Teach Foundations?” series for students and faculty.

Scott BetzScott Betz, who is also interim director of the Center for Design Innovation at the University of North Carolina, will deliver three lectures as part of the series.

The first two lectures are open to students and faculty. His talk, “Set UP,” will be from from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 13, in room 157 of the Fine Arts Building.

The following day, Thursday, Nov. 14, he will discuss combat drawings and personal content from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in a lecture titled “Knock Down,” in room 161 of the Fine Arts Building.

Later that evening, from 6 to 7 p.m., also in room 161, Betz will present “Inspire,” a talk on collaboration that is open to the public, in addition to students and faculty.

For more information contact Kevin Cates at or 501.569.8639.

Fall exhibits continue

Fall exhibitions at UALR’s Art Gallery continue to showcase the work of studio art and graphic design students from the Department of Art.

Exhibition A runs through Nov. 20 in Gallery III and will feature the artwork of graphic design majors Lavon Amerson, Jonathan Helms, and Jessica Miles. The artwork of Zachary Waymire, a studio art major, will also be featured.

Exhibition B will be in Gallery III Nov. 23 through Dec. 11 and will feature the sculptures of artist Justin Puska, the graphic design illustrations of Tyler Bean, and the artwork of Bertha Ramos and Keesha Bass, both studio art majors.

Dan Thornhill will present his master of arts thesis exhibition Dec. 2 through 20 in Gallery II, “The Abstraction of Toys,” a series of paintings that reveals an evolution from a representational to a more abstract style of painting.

According to Thornhill, inspiration for his subject matter and composition came from his grandchildren’s toys. The abstract works of Pablo Picasso also heavily influenced his paintings.

Continuing exhibitions include:

In Gallery I, the exhibit, “FuN HoUSe,” will continue through Dec. 10. It features the complexity of interpersonal relationships to provoke thought. Playful in nature, this exhibition draws on the amusement park funhouse experience with an adult twist.

In Gallery II, “Nocturne,” a drawing exhibit by graphic design professor Marjorie Williams-Smith, will be on display through Nov. 24. Williams-Smith uses metal in her drawings to evoke emotions that are pensive, mysterious, and introspective.

A reception for Nocturne and FuNHoUSe is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

A reception for The Abstraction of Toys and FuN HoUSe will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

The galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Saturdays, and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The galleries are closed during the upcoming holiday season.

Contact Brad Cushman, gallery director and curator in the Department of Art, at 501.569.8977 or for more information.

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