UCA plans Black History exhibit

The University of Central Arkansas Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, along with the College of Fine Arts and Communication, will celebrate Black History Month with the second annual Black History Month Art Exhibition through Thursday, March 12, at UCA Downtown, located at 1105 W. Oak St. in Downtown Conway. 

This exhibit will feature the artworks of 10 of UCA’s student artists of black and/or African descent, while commemorating Black History Month. The exhibit will be on display from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

“The sentiment that when we stand tall, we stand on the shoulders of those before us best encapsulates being in this show,” said featured artist Louise Mandumbwa. “It acts as a commemoration of the vibrant culture we’re all a part of and celebrates the phenomenal, contemporary talents we find ourselves in the company of.”

“My art is all about storytelling and the importance of leaving a legacy,” said Will Lee, a senior art major from Little Rock, when describing the inspiration behind his painting “Generations.” 

“My great-grandmother was the backbone of our family, and everyone looked to her for guidance and support. This painting is all about family and the embodiment of life. The story of black families and the black community deserves to be heard year-round and not just during Black History Month,” he said.

For more information, contact Kristy Carter at [email protected] or 501.450.3118 or visit uca.edu/downtown.