UCA’s Baum Gallery schedules exhibition

Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas will host its first exhibition of the spring, “Pathways: An Exhibition of Large Format & Experimental Printmaking,” from Thursday, Jan. 25, to Thursday, Feb. 15.

The featured artist-in-residence is David C. Williams, who will be giving a printmaking demonstration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Schichtl Hall at UCA. On Thursday, Feb. 15, he will give a lecture in McCastlain Hall 143 at 1:40 p.m.

Both events and the full exhibition are free and open to the public. Baum Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. 

This exhibition will feature 29 artists including two from UCA: Roger Bowman, a retired UCA faculty member, and Jessie Hornbrook, UCA assistant professor.

Other Arkansas artists are Dustyn Bork, Lyon College; Melissa Gill, Hendrix College; Shelley Gipson, Arkansas State University; Neal Harrington, Arkansas Tech University; Delita Martin, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and David Warren, Henderson State University.

Other artists who will have featured work reside in Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. 

"Our visitors have the opportunity to observe how print and paper-based artists, from the state and throughout the U.S., connect through the threads of scale and experimentation," said Brian Young, director of the Baum Gallery.

Some of these artists use printmaking in traditional techniques such as etching or lithography while others tend to focus on a broader scale uses incorporating papermaking, typography, fabric, bookmaking, print installations, sculptural prints and larger two-dimensional works on paper. 

Hornbrook selected the artists based on personal and professional relationships that she has built throughout her career and education, including her alma maters Central Michigan University and Louisiana State University. More recently, she has tried to showcase the work of her statewide peers. “I think many people outside of our field would be surprised at the number of highly talented printmakers who work in Arkansas,” she said. 

A corresponding catalogue will be produced later and distributed for free to the exhibition visitors or requested by interested libraries, universities and/or museums. 

For this exhibition, the Baum Gallery has been given support from the College of Fine Arts and Communication at UCA, as well as from the Conway Convention and Visitors Bureau.