Henderson State University senior Gabrielle Ray's show, "XX," in the Huie Library Gallery, addresses sexuality and gender roles for her peer group, young people in their 20s. In a news release, she includes some of the questions the the exhibition poses: Is a person abandoning biology or some unspoken law of femininity when she tells herself she doesn't want children? And just what is this anxious thing called sex?"
The show runs through April 21. An opening reception is tomorrow, April 10, from 2-4 p.m.
The YAA show opens today at the Arkansas Arts Center, in the Atrium, Strauss and Smith galleries. It's hard to believe it's been an annual show since 1961 ... or maybe it's hard to believe that 1961 was 50 years ago. At any rate, members of the Arkansas Arts Educators selected 131 artworks for the exhibition from 654 submissions by 182 schools across the state. Prizes were awarded by Blaine Caldwell, professor of art at the University of the Ozarks at Clarksville. Above: "Hand in Hand," best of class winner by Pulaski Heights sixth grader Kate Lusk, an example of some of the gems to be found in this annual show, unpolished but genuine and all the better for it.
UCA student show winners
Amber Lea won the Grand Prize in the 2011 annual Student Competitive Art Exhibition at the University of Central Arkansas with her ceramic piece, "Deductive." Shades of Viola Frey in this nice piece. Four excellence award winners were also selected by juror and installation artist Doug Cason: Karen Chrisco, for her textile installation "Home is Where You Hang Your Hat"; Tori Houston, for her mixed media installation "In Your Home, In Your Grave"; Mark Monroe, for his mixed media sculpture "It is all (in process)"; and Danielle Ambry for her graphic design "B movie poster series."
Honorable Mention awards went to Jordan Karpe for the acrylic on panel painting "Miscommunication"; Grace Robert for the mixed media drawing "What Happens to Dead Bugs"; Limestone Molasses for the mixed media acrylic painting "Syzygyl/Anima/Animus"; and Will Pollock for the performance piece "The Delineater of Time."
Limestone Molasses? That's what the press release said.
Cason chose 60 artworks and seven installations from 227 works and 12 installations submitted for the show, which runs through the end of the month in the Baum Gallery.
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