UA Little Rock to Host Second Exhibit on American Outsider Folk Art

Annie Lucus's 1964 "Angels on High" will be displayed in the exhibition at the Windgate Center of Art and Design.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host the second part of an exclusive exhibit on outsider folk art beginning Oct. 4.

The exhibition, “The Road Trip Continues,” will be on display from Oct. 4 to Dec. 1 in the Ann Maners and Alex Pappas Gallery in the Windgate Center of Art and Design at UA Little Rock.

Curated as a two-part special exhibit by UA Little Rock Art Gallery Director Brad Cushman, the exhibition features more than 80 works of non-conventional work, including folk art, outsider art, and self-taught art, created by artists not formally trained.

The artwork comes from as early as 1854-60 to works created throughout the 20th century, as well as objects made in the 21st century. The first exhibition, “A Visionary Vernacular Road Trip,” has been extended through Oct. 24.

“The series features visionary makers of pictures and sculptural objects inspired by a divine spirit, as well as seemingly ordinary people making marks and transforming commonplace materials into extraordinary art to communicate messages to a keen observer,” Cushman said.

This exhibit spotlights creative people that have not always had representation in the established institutions of the art world. Their voices engage in spiritual storytelling, philosophical, political, and pop culture commentary. Functioning outside the social norms, these artists have important messages to communicate.

Cushman will give an ArtWorks lecture on the two exhibits at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required via this link. A catalog will accompany the exhibition published by the gallery program.

A free reception for the two-part exhibition of American outsider folk art curated by Brad Cushman will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in the Ann Maners and Alex Pappas Gallery in the Windgate Center.

The UA Little Rock Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Patrons can also make appointments to visit the galleries outside of the public hours by contacting the gallery director. For more information, contact Cushman at becushman@ualr.edu or 501-916-5103.

In the picture above, Annie Lucus’s 1964 “Angels on High” will be displayed in the exhibition at the Windgate Center of Art and Design.

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