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A first-of-its-kind exhibit of work by artists who’ve received Arts Council fellowships during the past 20 years will open Friday, Feb. 10, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cox Creative Center. The reception is one of several 2nd Friday Night events at downtown galleries.
Work by Carey Roberson of Arkadelphia; Mark Hughes of Berryville; Roger Bowman, Pat Larsen and Maxine Payne of Conway; Eduardo Conde and Katherine Freeman of Eureka Springs; Helen Phillips of Everton; Andrew P. Lane, Kathy Thompson and Michael Peven of Fayetteville; Beverly Buys of Hot Springs; Leon Niehues of Huntsville; Tom Chaffee of Jonesboro; Gary Cawood, Charles Henry James, Beth Lambert, Catherine Siri Nugent and Donna Pinkley of Little Rock; Dennis R. McCann of Maumelle; Alice Guffey of Monticello; David Dahlstedt, Jerry Lovenstein and Owen Rein of Mountain View; Shea Hembrey of Newport; Debby Gwaltney of Ozone; Laura Phillips of Roland, Shawn Adair of Van Buren; and former Little Rock residents Carol Spencer Morris and Natalie Young will be shown in the Showcase Arkansas Gallery on the second floor of the center, 120 Commerce St.
The prestigious fellowships go to Arkansas artists distinguished by their talent and excellent portfolios of work. Since the fellowship program started in 1986, 167 awards have been given.
Other 2nd Friday events: The Historic Arkansas Museum will host a reception for its new shows, “Spectrum: Larry Hampton and Sylvester McKissick”; “The National Pastime in Black and White: The Negro Baseball Leagues, 1867-1955” and “Bodies of Work: Lily Kuonen.”
Hampton and McKissick’s exhibit is a contrast in styles: Hampton’s oils depict scenes of New York in a style inspired by the work of Degas, Velasquez and Sargent; McKissack is a primitivist who often paints scenes from his rural boyhood. Both are Arkansas natives.
“The Negro Baseball Leagues” is a touring show of ExhibitsUSA and includes photographs and artifacts from baseball’s segregated era.
Kuonen, a student at the University of Central Arkansas at Conway, is showing large oils.
River Market Artspace is featuring the sculptural furniture of Wayne Summerhill in a show called “Heavy Metal,” and Hearne Fine Art’s exhibit is “Moving the Art: African-American Fine Art Prints on the Secondary Market.” Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Gift Shop will also be open late for the event.
The Art of Architecture Lecture Series at the Arkansas Arts Center will feature Bill Conway, associate professor at the University of Minnesota, as lecturer at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. A reception will precede the talk at 6 p.m.
Conway will discuss urban architecture and recent projects with his firm, Conway and Schulte Architects. He was a Fulbright fellow and a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. The lecture is free and open to the public.
n Black-and-white silver gelatin prints on loan from the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography at Texas State University have gone on exhibit in the Fine Arts Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
“A Certain Alchemy: Photographs by Keith Carter” features work by the holder of the Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Carter also won two National Endowment for the Arts Regional Survey Grants and the Lange-Taylor Prize from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies in North Carolina.
Walker said he treats “everything as a portrait. … My own idiosyncrasy is that, to me, it’s all poetry.”
Carter will give a talk at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in room 213 of the Arts Center. The exhibit runs through March 3. For more information, call 479-575-7987.