UA Little Rock to host exhibit on Michael Warrick’s Sister City sculpture

Michael Warrick's sculpture, "Youth."

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host an exhibit detailing the creation of a sculpture built to commemorate the 25-year partnership and friendship between the sister cities of Little Rock and Hanam City, South Korea. 

The exhibit, “Creating Youth,” will be on display from Oct. 11 to Nov. 10 in the Maners/Pappas Gallery in the UA Little Rock Fine Arts Building. A reception for the exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

Michael Warrick, professor of sculpture at UA Little Rock, created a sculpture entitled, “Youth,” during 2016 and 2017. Little Rock officials recently sent the sculpture to South Korea.

“Youth” will be dedicated in December and stand in Hanam’s Sister City Park, which will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Sister City partnership that began in 1992.

The sculpture is a 7-foot figurative female sculpture cast in bronze and composed of vines, leaves, and a small bird, Warrick said. The figure has a traditional green finish, while the small bird is coated with 23.75 karat gold leaf.

The “Creating Youth” exhibit is meant to capture the “complexity and energy that goes into the idea of creating the sculpture,” Warrick said. The exhibit will feature smaller bronze sculptures of “Youth,” early sketches, 3-D digital renderings, test castings, failures, and a full-scale casting of the final sculpture.

The UA Little Rock Art Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, contact Art Gallery Director Brad Cushman at or 501.569.8977.

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