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Dustyn Bork: Complex Shapes and Empty Space
Jan 8 – Apr 13 all-day
Dustyn Bork: Complex Shapes and Empty Space @ Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas

Printmaker and painter Dustyn Bork of Batesville brings his colorful, abstract and geometric work to the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas with a solo exhibition, “Dustyn Bork: Complex Shapes and Empty Space.”

The Arts & Science Center invites the public to a free reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. The exhibition is on display now in ASC’s William H. Kennedy Jr. Gallery through Saturday, April 13, 2019. Simmons Bank and the Arkansas Arts Council are the exhibition’s sponsors.

The 21 pieces in the exhibition — acrylic on shaped panels and framed seriographs — are inspired by architectural forms.

A native of Monroe, Mich., Bork is an associate professor of art at Lyon College in Batesville.

Apr 3 – Apr 27 all-day
Threshold @ L Ross Gallery

Michael Barringer, solo exhibition “Threshold” April 3 – 27.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 6 – 8 pm

“We’ve all had experiences which seem to connect us to a larger existence. We are transported to a threshold of new understanding and resonance. As a visual artist, I celebrate this unique human capacity – I channel sensations, emotions, and ideas, producing a unique voice which lives in the work that I make.

Gee’s Bend quilts, Hubble Telescope images, cave art, sacred sites, nature forms, sacred texts, ancient rituals, jazz music, and poetry: these are some of the starting points, as they may trigger this sense of expansion of self into a more resonant life.

Each painting I make is a symbol. They are not directly definable by rationality, and remain open-ended in meaning, existing as objects for our intuition to decipher. These paintings are rich in detail and subtle in their construction, so I like to think that the viewer will enjoy a slow, rewarding revelation with extended looking.

I make a rigorously formal art, but I have faith that this meditative system of replication and mantra-like activity will produce objects of joy, warmth, and plentitude. And rather than explaining away the work, I again have faith that these objects will operate on their own terms, leaving the viewer to enjoy the literal act of seeing.” – Michael Barringer

Heavy metal: Arkansas Women to Watch 2019
Apr 20 – Jun 22 all-day
Heavy metal: Arkansas Women to Watch 2019 @ Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas

The National Museum of Women in the Arts introduces Heavy Metal, an exhibition that hosts work by Arkansas Women to Watch in 2019. Featured artists are Michele Fox, Amanda Heinbockel, Robyn Horn, and Holly Laws.


There will be a free opening reception on Thursday, April 25, 5-7 p.m. This event is opened to the public.


ACNMWA guest curator Matthew Smith of the Arkansas Arts Center selected the national nominees and the four Arkansas artists featured in the 2019 state tour.


Sponsored by the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Artwork, 1109 Layers of Steel, Robyn Horn, steel, 2007

Cry Joy Park – Gardens of Dark and Light
May 17 @ 11:00 am – Jul 6 @ 4:00 pm
Cry Joy Park - Gardens of Dark and Light @ Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston presents the exhibition Cry Joy Park—Gardens of Dark and Light by Jennifer Wen Ma.


Cry Joy Park—Gardens of Dark and Light is an investigation into the construct of a utopia, inspired by the history of Charleston, South Carolina: a cultural and artistic capital of the American South, and an exemplar of its opulence and beauty. This installation aims to present both an alluring, gorgeous and otherworldly garden, and its darker counterpart. The worlds created by the exhibition are a juxtaposition of utopia and dystopia and are presented via an immersive multisensory experience that utilizes various forms of communication to convey its message.


Cry Joy Park—Gardens of Dark and Light is co-curated by Mark Sloan, Director and Chief Curator, and Bryan Granger, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Halsey Institute. Jennifer Wen Ma is debuting a site-specific, immersive, interactive, multimedia installation at the Halsey Institute with her studio staff as well as students from the College of Charleston. The installation includes multiple components and layers:


o Light and Dark Gardens – Oversized foliage made from cut paper transforms the gallery into an overgrown forest. As the viewer approaches parts of the garden, the foliage is triggered by the motion and reacts in different ways. The suggested narratives that run through the two gardens represent different sides of the same story or event, giving a Rashomon-like account of the complexity of human experience and perspective. Connected by a flower-vortex- portal with which audience members must directly interact, these gardens of opposites represent the utopic and dystopic aspects of a paradise. Within this large-scale installation, Ma will use multimedia elements to create a rich immersive experience.


o Ink-on-Glass Paintings – Chinese ink painted on glass are amongst the artist’s signature works. The paintings’ mirrored finish further creates an illusory landscape within the pictorial plane, as an additional meditation on the illusionary qualities of our constructed environment.


o Interdisciplinary Performances – These contrasting gardens of light and dark will also be a visual platform for interdisciplinary performances taking place during the exhibition period and providing a visceral encounter to the audience in unexpected ways. These performances will take the form of dancing, singing, drumming, storytelling, and other kinds of theatrical exchange. The Halsey Institute is collaborating with the College of Charleston Departments of Music, English, and Theatre and Dance to plan student performances in the gallery, as well as with a variety of community groups.


o Community Dinners – A vital component of this exhibition is a series of community dinners to celebrate some of those who have contributed to the making of the paradise that is Charleston but might not be been invited to the table in times past. Taking place in the galleries, these culinary feasts will feature performances and guided conversations on specific environmental justice themes related to the exhibition, such as, food security, land politics, re-entry into society, spirituality, and education. Key members of the Charleston community will be invited to recognize their contribution to elevate the disfranchised, and create engaging and meaningful dialogues, which can be translated into action.


Cry Joy Park—Gardens of Dark and Light is generously supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Eviction Quilts by James Matthews
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – Aug 28 @ 5:00 pm
Eviction Quilts by James Matthews @ The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas

Featured documentary artist James Matthews, through his exhibition Eviction Quilts, documents clothing and bedding left on a curbside from Little Rock evictions. Each quilt represents a single eviction and serves as a sort of material archive, showing personal and physical loss of the eviction, while also transforming the fragments into something that speaks to function and comfort.

Eviction Quilts runs from Thursday, June 27, 10 am – Wednesday, August 28, 4:00 pm. An opening reception will occur on Thursday, June 27, 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

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Sponsored by Relyance Bank & the Arkansas Arts Council.

Art Piece: Full Moon, James Matthews