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UA Little Rock to Host Exhibit by Donnie Copeland

Donnie Copeland's painted collage
Donnie Copeland's painted collage

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a new art exhibit debuting Monday, Feb. 28, by Donnie Copeland, professor of drawing and painting at Ouachita Baptist University.

The exhibit, “Continuum: Painted Collage by Donnie Copeland,” will be on display Feb. 28 to April 1 in the Focus Gallery at the Windgate Center of Art and Design at UA Little Rock.

“The works presented here represent more than a decade’s labor on a project involving painting and collaging to produce a sort of hybrid work that I generally refer to as striations due to their striped format,” Copeland said. “The earliest works included here represent a mood or spirit of exploration and intuition in regard to approaching composition and media. The later works included benefit from the earlier mostly in regard to the sense of freedom brought about by those earlier pieces.”

Copeland, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, studied painting at the University of Dallas (MFA) and at Ouachita Baptist University (BA). For the last several years, Copeland has worked primarily with painted paper to produce non-objective, collaged canvases that emphasize pattern, texture, color, and mark. His works are a synthesis of the visuality of landscapes such as planted fields and prairie that run along the rivers of Arkansas as well as that of peoples and cultures local and distant, rural and urban.

His work has been exhibited in Arkansas and beyond including exhibits in Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and the United Kingdom.

The exhibit is on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Focus Gallery on the UA Little Rock campus. For more information, contact Focus Gallery Director Joli Livaudais at