UA Little Rock to feature two exhibits on work of graduating students

"Column: Tree Trunk" by Madeline England

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will hold two exhibits this fall to display the talent of graduating art students.

The first exhibit, “Madeline England: Damage and Repair,” features the master’s thesis work of Madeline England, who has created a series of sculptural objects incorporating ceramics and mixed media. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 20 to Dec. 16 in the Ann Maners and Alex Pappas Gallery in the Windgate Center of Art and Design.

“I’m using damaged architectural structures undergoing fibrous restoration to represent positive healing after grief and trauma,” England said. “It’s to promote letting go of self-destructive behaviors after experiencing emotional and mental damage, which is something I’ve struggled with.”

A second exhibit featuring capstone projects for graduating seniors will be on display from Nov. 21 to Dec. 9 in the Brad Cushman Gallery in the Windgate Center of Art and Design.

Students who are earning their Bachelor of Fine Arts and displaying their work include Madeleine Robinson, illustration, LeAnn Roberson, graphic design, Terry Julian, graphic design, and Ruijie Zheng, sculpture.

The Capstone Exhibition includes projects from seniors Carley Brown, painting; Tatiana Correa, illustration; Madeline Hutson, illustration; Crystal Johnson, graphic design; LeAnne Roberson, BFA Illustration; Keri Speer, photography; Micah Steed, drawing and painting; Ke-Ida Young, drawing and painting; and Ruijie Zheng, BFA Sculpture.

"The Bust and the Gumball Machine" by Carley Brown
“The Bust and the Gumball Machine” by Carley Brown

Both exhibits can be viewed virtually at the UA Little Rock Art Gallery website. UA Little Rock will hold a virtual artist talk with the BFA seniors at 4 p.m. Dec. 4 via Zoom. For more information and a link to the talk, email pnscheidt@ualr.edu.

A virtual artist talk with England will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. For more information and a link to the talk, email England at mmengland@ualr.edu.

The UA Little Rock Art Galleries are free and open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Masks are required. Patrons can also contact 501-916-3182 or email becushman@ualr.edu to schedule a visit. Drop-in visits are also welcome. The Cushman Gallery will close for the winter Dec. 10, while the Maners Pappas Gallery will close Dec. 17. The galleries will reopen with new exhibits in January.

For more information, contact Art Gallery Director Brad Cushman at becushman@ualr.edu or 501-916-3182.

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