UA Little Rock employees’ work showcased at exhibits

Benjamin Krain (left) and Andrew Deiser (right)

The work of two University of Arkansas at Little Rock employees is on display at two venues in Little Rock. 

Gallery 26, which offers custom, do-it-yourself framing and fine art, is showcasing 20 photographs from UA Little Rock photographer Benjamin Krain. His work is on display until Oct. 27. Gallery 26 is located at 2601 Kavanaugh Suite 1 (Ice House Center), Little Rock.

Krain got his start in photography at UA Little Rock, taking photography classes with his favorite professor Gary Cawood, a retired professor of art. He graduated from UA Little Rock in 1995 with bachelor’s degrees in art and broadcast journalism. Krain previously worked as a photojournalist with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for 24 years, traveling the world to cover news events in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Marshall Islands, and Haiti.

His newest show features random works from his career as well as new pairings of unrelated photos used to form diptychs, pieces of art formed in two parts.

Benjamin Krain's diptych features two photos demonstrating the devastation of New Orleans flooding from Hurricane Katrina and the damage from a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
Benjamin Krain’s diptych features two photos demonstrating the devastation of New Orleans flooding from Hurricane Katrina and the damage from a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

A UA Little Rock faculty member, Dr. Andrew J. Deiser, interim chair of the Department of World Languages, has a love of art as well as language. His display of 13 evocative oil and watercolor landscapes is being shown at Community Bakery, 1200 Main St., Little Rock, through Oct. 31. The paintings feature Pinnacle Mountain, Broadway Bridge, the Arkansas State Capitol building, and the Cathedral Apartments.

“The major theme to the exhibit is Arkansas landscapes, both urban and from West Little Rock,” Deiser said.

Deiser has been painting and drawing since the age of 10. In 2012, Deiser took a plein air (French for painting outdoors) workshop with German artist Guido Frick, where he became “hooked on painting outdoors.” He has received mentoring from local artist Arden Boyce and has taken workshops with artists Brian Mark Taylor, Trey McCarley, and Lori Putnam. In summer 2017, Deiser was selected as an artist-in-residence at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Andrew Deiser's "Surprise on the Broadway Bridge is one of several paintings on display at Community Bakery in Little Rock.
Andrew Deiser’s “Surprise on the Broadway Bridge is one of several paintings on display at Community Bakery in Little Rock.
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