UA Little Rock Art Gallery to highlight recent acquisitions from permanent collection

Oeur Sokuntevy's 2015 painting "What My Father Gave Me"

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Art Gallery will showcase new pieces of art that the university has added to its permanent art collection over the past two years. 

The new exhibition, “Recent Acquisitions: UA Little Rock Permanent Collection,” will be on display in the Brad Cushman Gallery in the Windgate Center of Art and Design on the UA Little Rock campus from June 5 to July 15.

“The scope of the collection continues to grow, and efforts have been made to include more voices from around the world,” UA Little Rock Gallery Director Brad Cushman said.

The university permanent collection is comprised of drawings, paintings, fine art prints, artists’ multiples, photographs, graphic illustrations, political cartoons, sculptural objects, ceramics, and contemporary crafts.

Pieces in this exhibition include 14 works from the Pierrette Van Cleve Collection. Earlier this year, Van Cleve donated 42 pieces of artwork from her personal collection from Southeast Asia, including pieces from Cambodia, India, Vietnam, Tibet, and China. This includes work by artists Oeur Sokuntevy, Linda Saphan, Surjit Akre, Shaw Ghosh, Ha Manh Thang, Phan Thanh Minh, Jangyung Jiang Jung, and Liu Yan.

Also on display are two large-scale black and white photographs by Benny Gool, one featuring Nelson Mandela surrounded by children and another of Mandela speaking to a large crowd of people. Gool is a South African photojournalist best known for his work documenting Mandela in tens of thousands of photos he took over three decades documenting the historic leader’s life. Jeff Jaffe, gallery owner of Pop International Galleries, Inc. in New York City, donated five works by Benny Gool to the university.

The Windgate Charitable Foundation continues to support the gallery programs and acquisition fund at UA Little Rock. With the foundation’s support, UA Little Rock acquired several contemporary craft objects from the Penland School of Craft and the Blue Spiral Gallery in 2018. Included in this exhibition are objects made by Thomas Campbell, Jenny Mendes, Ronan Peterson, Kristin Stingle, Liz Summerfield, Shoko Teruyama, and James Viste.

Summer gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. For more information, contact Brad Cushman at becushman@ualr.edu or 501-916-5103.

In the upper right photo, Oeur Sokuntevy’s 2015 painting, “What My Father Gave Me,” is shown. 

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