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UA Little Rock to Celebrate Art Students with BFA and Professional Practices Exhibition

In an art gallery, on the left side, a man working on the ground tapes a piece of paper, while a student stands and watches. Another student on the right side tapes up a piece of paper on the gallery wall.
Students prepare their work in the gallery for the end-of-semester exhibition. Photo by Benjamin Krain.

The School of Art and Design will unveil the 2024 BFA and Professional Practices Exhibition on May 1 in the Brad Cushman and Ann Maners and Alex Pappas Galleries in the Windgate Center of Art + Design.

The exhibition will be open from May 1 through May 12 with a reception scheduled for Thursday, May 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and students in the Professional Practices course (formerly known as Capstone course) will have artwork on display.

For the graduating BFA students, their work in their studio emphasis culminates with a presentation of their final project.

BFA students whose work will be featured in the exhibition include:

  • Kristi Crow-Pruett
  • Ashi Franke
  • Ashley Garrison
  • Bailey Holley
  • Bryce Horn
  • Cecilia Ilg
  • Reed James
  • Antonio Keyes
  • Jessica Koenigsede
  • Ashlly Lambaren
  • Jorge Mandujano
  • Julia McPeake
  • Tabitha Parker (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Emily Reynolds
  • Lucio Tapia
  • Erin Vaughn
  • Lily Warren
  • Courtney Wilson

For students in the Professional Practices course, in addition to presenting their artwork, they take an entrepreneurial approach as they gain experience in creating a portfolio, writing an artist statement, documenting work, installing an exhibit, and more. All art and design majors are required to take the Professional Practices course, usually in their final year of studies.

According to the Professional Practices statement: “This class culminates with the students working together, and with the gallery staff, to put on a group exhibition of their work, putting their professional and public foot forward as they wrap up the class.”

Students enrolled in the Professional Practices course whose work will be featured in the exhibition include:

  • Jennifer Antonetz
  • Sydney Davidson
  • Courtland Dukes
  • Nat Emons
  • Grace Garvin
  • Sunny Jenkins
  • Kate Lusk
  • Hannah Nowlin
  • Mike Sanders

All UA Little Rock galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2-5 p.m. on Sundays. The galleries are closed on university holidays.

For more information, contact Nathan Larson, assistant art gallery director and curator, at 501-916-5104 or