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UA Little Rock to Host Exhibition from Husband-and-Wife Photography Team

"Cadence" by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison
"Cadence" by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Art Gallery will host an exhibition from the internationally renowned husband-and-wife photography team of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison.

Their exhibition, “ParkeHarrison: Earth Elegies,” begins Sept. 11 and ends Oct. 3. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be on display in the Brad Cushman Gallery in the Windgate Center of Art and Design.

The ParkeHarrisons will give a presentation on their work from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Building. UA Little Rock will hold a reception for the exhibition from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in the Windgate Center lobby and Brad Cushman Gallery.

“Our photographs offer visual poems of loss, human struggle, and personal exploration within landscapes scarred by technology and over-use,” the ParkeHarrisons said in an artist statement. “As collaborative artists, we strive to metaphorically and poetically link laborious actions, idiosyncratic rituals and strangely crude machines into tales about our contemporary experiences. We construct elaborate sets made from found objects. Our scenes combine real and constructed landscapes. These scenes have a sense of determination and irony while addressing mankind’s responsibility to heal the damage inflicted on the environment.”

Robert ParkeHarrison earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico. Shana ParkeHarrison earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from William Woods College and completed graduate studies at the University of New Mexico.

Their photographs have been displayed in more than 45 solo exhibitions and more than 100 group shows worldwide. Their work can also be found in over 35 collections, including the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, the George Eastman House, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Their book, “Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison: The Architect’s Brother,” was named as one of the 10 best photography books of the year in 2000 by the New York Times.

The UA Little Rock Art Galleries in the Windgate Center are 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