New UA Little Rock Hosts Exhibit Features Artwork of Dominique Simmons

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host an exhibit of artwork by Dominique Simmons until Nov. 12.

The exhibit, “Material Evidence by Dominique Simmons,” is on display in the Focus Gallery on the second level of the Windgate Center of Art and Design at UA Little Rock.

“I must say from the outset that I find beauty and solace in the creative process, even though my subject matter is often hard,” Simmons said. “I am a figurative artist and the story of ‘us’ is difficult and complicated, and yet beautiful and compelling.”

The title “Material Evidence” references the artist’s chosen mediums, which are crucial to the content of the exhibition story. Thread, glue, cloth, paper mache, wax, and paint are the essential components the artist uses to express ideas about human frailty and flaws. The figures are texturally rough, the cloth frayed.

“In the achromatic and monochromatic work, I depend on white surfaces and graphic mark-making to give the story gravitas and energy,” Simmons said. “I find cloth, string, and paper mache to be the perfect materials to demonstrate the rawness I want the viewer to experience.”

A native of Little Rock, Simmons has been a professional artist for four decades. Her artistic interests include two-dimensional works and printmaking. She is a board member of the Arkansas Society of Printmakers and co-owner of Honey Bear Press.

Simmons earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio arts from Arkansas State University, a Master of Fine Arts from UA Little Rock, and a certificate in mastering polymer photogravure from Penland School of Crafts. She previously worked as adjunct professor of arts for UA Little Rock and department head of drawing and painting at Arkansas Arts 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 Gallery Director Brad Cushman at becushman@ualr.edu or 501-916-5103.

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