The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a solo exhibit for Annika Wade, the 2022-23 recipient of the Linda Blaine Flake Endowed Scholarship, beginning Monday, May 22.
Leslye Shellam, the daughter of Linda Blaine Flake and L. Dickson Flake, created the scholarship in 2021 to honor her mother, who was an artist. The scholarship recipient also has the opportunity to feature their work in a solo exhibit at the Windgate Center of Art and Design.
The exhibit, “Annika Wade: Linda Blaine Flake Endowed Art Student Scholarship Exhibition,” will be on display from May 22 to June 14 in the Ann Maners and Alex Pappas Gallery in the Windgate Center of Art and Design.
A reception will be held for the exhibit from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, in the Taylor/Mourning Lobby in the Windgate Center.
The exhibit will include paintings that are a continuation of Wade’s Bachelor of Fine Arts painting project.
“My work is an unraveling of historical and cultural aspects of previous generations and how they influence today,” Wade said. “While exploring the societal restrictions that have impacted my family, I gained a better understanding of the patterns I inherited.”
The exhibit is an exploration of Wade’s family and the inherited patterns that are shared through different generations.
“Because it is a personal journey, telling individual stories became important to me,” Wade said. “Taking a nostalgic approach in some of my pieces, I have manipulated pictures of the same person, at different ages, to create double exposures that compress time. This highlights the pathways and patterns of each person throughout their life and gives insight into how they passed these patterns down.”
The exhibit is free and open to the public. The UA Little Rock Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact Nathan Larson, interim art gallery director and curator, at 501-916-5104 or email@example.com.