Folklores and Odysseys Exhibit
Exhibition Dates: November 15th @ 6:00pm through January 17th at 5:00pm
Area youth bring modern folklore to life in a narrative exhibit showcasing the artistic expressions of Fayetteville and Springdale students as they share their life experiences through painting and sculpture. These students, through the University of Arkansas School of Art and the Art Ventures K-12 Youth Initiative, were given the opportunity to create an exhibition theme. Their selection of ‘Modern Folklore’ allowed these students to share their respective histories and cultural traditions. Under the mentorship of student teachers from the Art Education Program at the School of Art, the students told their individual stories through stylistic interpretation, weaving an exhibit representing a visual cultural tapestry.
Leon Niehues creates stunning basket art at his studio in Huntsville, Arkansas. Made from the native white oak trees of the Ozarks, these baskets incorporate traditional and contemporary construction methods producing a visually impressive body of work. His exhibits have been seen nationwide, featured in multiple publications – including the New York Times, and selections of his work are on display in museums around the United States. In 2005, Nieheus was named an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Department of Heritage.
Originally from Tehran, Iran, Behnaz Sohrabian brings a voice of female empowerment that resonates from her paintings. “My work is about me, being a woman and giving voice to the many challenges that women face in this era. I paint women as strong individuals free to express their feminine power and vision for a better world,” said Sohrabian. Her works have received praise and recognition throughout her career, most recently as the winner of Best in Show at the 63rd Annual IAA Dallas Exhibition in June 2018.
Jody Travis Thompson
Jody Travis Thompson of Fayetteville uses a variety of artistic conventions to present a unique visual experience. Incorporating diverse methods, Thompson creates a distinctive relationship between perception, time, memory, and space that takes the observer on his journey as a gay, white male and conveys how that journey reconciles with his perceptions of childhood dreams and third-person memory. Thompson’s works have displayed in exhibits around the country and are held in multiple private collections.
From her studio farm in Northwest Arkansas, LaDawna Whiteside reflects on her history in the South and human historical relationship to the land. Her collection of landscape abstractions raises questions about our impact on the land and those changes over time. “With meditative and aerial perspectives, I equate my marks to those made by humans on the land,” said Whiteside. “As I dig deeper, topographical compositions expose imaginative core sections that are analogous to my inner self.” Her works have been seen in exhibits around the world, including the 2009 Red Gate Residency Exhibition in Bei Gao, China.