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UA Little Rock’s Student Competitive Winners Will Be Announced April 9

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s 2021 Student Competitive Exhibit is on display in the Brad Cushman Gallery in the Windgate Center of Art and Design through April 12. 

The annual competition features artwork created by students taking studio art and design classes in the UA Little Rock Department of Art and Design. The winners will be announced during a virtual reception at 5 p.m. April 9 via Zoom.

The artists whose work is on display include Carley Brown, Jessica Fuller, Rebekah Wilson, Annika Wade, Bailey Holley, Taylor McKinney, Daleesha Hood, Morgan Morrow, Rachel Stuckey, Concera Davis, Andrea Benbrook, Ashlee Stanley, Felecia Bearden, Sarah Lassiter, Caleb LaFevre, Reece Henderson, Andrew Chun, Hannah May, Logan Hunter, Courtney Wilson, and Yelena Petroukhina.

Works representing the variety of studio disciplines being taught at the university are considered for the exhibition, including drawing and design, painting, printmaking, graphic design and illustration, photography, textiles, metals and furniture design, sculpture and ceramics.

Melissa Wilkinson, associate professor of art and painting at Arkansas State University, will serve as the juror/curator for the 2021 Student Competitive exhibition. She received her BFA in painting from Western Illinois University and her MFA from Southern Illinois University. Her work has been featured in three editions of New American Paintings. She received a grant for painting in 2012 and a “Woman to Watch” award in 2016 from the Arkansas Arts Council.

The 2021 Student Competitive exhibit can be viewed virtually through the UA Little Rock Art Gallery website.

The UA Little Rock Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patrons may call or email to confirm a visit to campus to view the exhibitions. For more information, contact the main office at 501-916-3182 or email Brad Cushman at