Windgate Center freshens galleries with new art, paint

New art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s permanent art collection is on display in the Windgate Center for Art and Design through July 20, including three works of art donated or loaned by UA Little Rock Basketball Coach Darrell Walker and his wife Lisa.

The Walkers collect art by modern and contemporary black artists, and their collection has been featured in exhibitions around the country. The couple has donated nine works to the university’s permanent collection and loaned additional works to the curated exhibition currently on display in the Brad Cushman Gallery.

Two works included in this exhibition are “Separation II,” a 1998 acrylic on paper work by artist Herbert Gentry, and “Council of Convenience,” a 1995 lithograph by artist Juan Logan.

Separation II by Herbert Gentry
Separation II by Herbert Gentry

Walker is also loaning “The Heartbeat of Something Unanimous,” a 1990 oil on canvas by artist Moe Brooker to the exhibition.

The Cushman Gallery has been newly repainted and the works re-installed. Other additions to “Works from the Permanent Collection” include art by Alice Leora Briggs, Helen Phillips, Francoise Gilot, Elsie Bates Freund, Arnold Zimmerman, Adrian Louis Brewer, Alecia Walls-Barton, Gustave Baumann, Lorre Hoffman, Ron Meyers, Hugo Crosthwaite, Jack Radcliffe, John Harlan Norris, William Bailey, Allison Short, Chris Jenkins, Mamma Andersson, Jockum Nordström, Alex Leme, Jaime Erin Johnson, Robyn Horn, Heidi Hogden, and Trevor Bennett.

The exhibition is comprised of drawings and paintings; fine art prints and photographs; sculptural objects, ceramics, and contemporary crafts. The collection represents the work of professional artists with regional, national, and international reputations and art produced by students studying art and design at UA Little Rock.

The Brad Cushman Gallery is open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

UA Little Rock Basketball Coach Darrell Walker poses with an oil painting, “The Heartbeat of Something Unanimous,” by artist Moe Brooker in the Brad Cushman Gallery in the Windgate Center for Art and Design.  Photo of Benjamin Krain

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