The Shape of Our World
August 21 – October 23, 2020
Art Ventures @ Faulkner Center
Our world is centered by the diversity of organisms that populate it; those that fit together by attributes that complement like yin and yang, hard and soft, short and tall, red and green.
The Shape of Our World presents a diverse and complementary group of artists who create connections that ultimately center and balance it.
Due to health guidelines regarding COVID-19, visitation is limited and we are asking all our guests to register in advance. Visitation times are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 5 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays, 12 pm to 5 pm. Up to eight persons will be allowed in the exhibition at a time, with up to four allowed on each side of the building. Visitation will be in 30 minute increments with 15 minutes allowed on each side of the exhibition. If no visitors are registered after a guest’s preregistered time, the guest may have the option of reentering or extending their visit if desired.
- All Art Ventures exhibition guests should conduct self-screening before arriving at the exhibition for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
- Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or having a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, known close contact with a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19.
- Visitors meeting any of the above criteria cannot enter the exhibition.
- All Art Ventures exhibition visitors within the Faulkner Performing Arts Center must maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals not within the same household, including while waiting in line to enter and while viewing the art.
- Prior to the doors opening, an entry queue must arranged in keeping with social distancing recommendations. Visitors would then enter in an orderly, spaced fashion by assigned group, section, or in order of arrival.
- Visitors must wash or disinfect hands upon entering and exiting the venue.
- Visitors to Art Ventures exhibitions are required to wear face masks or facial shields while inside the venue (may be removed temporarily for identification and to drink/eat).
Maryam Amirvaghefi was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1989. Amiravghefi’s works are the mixed media medium of painting, video art, and sculpture pieces. She graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Art with an MFA. She completed her BFA at the Sooreh Art University, Tehran, Iran, in 2013. She is currently working at the University of Arkansas School of Art as an assistant director of exhibitions and instructor. She has had group shows in Tehran, South Korea, United Kingdom, and the USA. Her works have been published in Al-Tiba Magazine, New Media Art 2018, CICA Museum, WOTISART Art Magazine, Studio Visit magazine, and Average Art Magazine.
Eric Andre is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Akumadan, Ghana. In 2010, he graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), with a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Arts, majoring in ceramics. Currently, he is a second year MFA student in ceramics at the University of Arkansas School of Art. His works encapsulate both the functional and conceptual through sculpture pieces, fountains, souvenirs, vases, and mixed-media artifacts. These works deliberate on underrepresented cultural, political, and socioeconomic issues. His current body of work creates new narratives about displacement, vulnerability and negotiation in the context of space, border, migration, immigration, and identity construction.
Cheri Bohn grew up in North Texas in a small town called Decatur. She studied fine arts at the University of North Texas. In 1999, she and her family moved to Northwest Arkansas. Her journey with glass started in the early 90’s in college. After moving to the woods, she was inspired to combine tree roots. While fine tuning her ideas, worked as a long term substitute art teacher in several districts. She raised 3 children and now has a granddaughter. Cheri’s work is permanently on display at Terra Studios in Durham, Arkansas, Eurekan Art in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and Clinton Library art galleries Little Rock, Arkansas. She won best in sculpture in the 23rd Annual Artists of NW Arkansas awards show. Her work has also been displayed in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and on campus at UNT in Denton, TX. She received honorable mention in an Agora gallery competition in New York and her work has appeared on TV as well as in magazines, and newspapers
Beth Burgess, a primarily self-taught artist, was exposed to sculpture-making through a high school art class where she developed a love for the sensory satisfaction of manipulating clay and other materials. She eventually discovered copper wire as a medium that presented fascinating opportunities. Beth’s current practice involves re-imagining the potential of discarded objects into artworks that provoke an emotional response and questioning of societal norms from the viewer. She has received an Honorable Mention with the group exhibition Momentum at Living Arts and two first prize awards from the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Beth currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has served as a volunteer art instructor at Tulsa’s Day Center for the Homeless as well as has taught private art lessons.
Shelby Fleming (She/Her) holds a BFA in Studio Art from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and MFA from the University of Arkansas School of Art. Fleming’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the CICA Museum, South Korea, the International Sculpture Conference, The Little Berlin Gallery, Art Saint Louis and the Kansas City Art Institute. Fleming’s studio practice is cross disciplinary with a focus on sculpture, installation, and performance art. Her most recent work focuses on how bodies occupy space physically and psychologically.
Tom Flynn lives in Rogers, Arkansas where he and his wife Susan recently moved to a smaller house with a bigger shop for his extensive found object metal collection.
After growing up in west Texas he spent much of the first part of his life studying for the Catholic Priesthood and then as a Monk in a Benedictine monastery in New Mexico.
In the last few years Tom’s work has seen a slow shift into more abstract and symbolic sculptures often making a political or societal statement.
He has public art installations in Rogers, Fayetteville and Little Rock Arkansas, and his work can be seen in several art galleries around the state.
Martin Morales was born in Canaguá, Mérida State, Venezuela on July 1, 1951. He studied at the Regional Workshop of Plastic Arts, INCIBA Tovar, Mérida State, and Graphic Design, Pure Art in the Experimental Center of Art, University of the Andes, Mérida, Venezuela. Later he attended the Serigraphy Workshop, Regional Center of Graphic Arts, in the University of San Jose, Costa Rica and studied Mechanical Photography at Civic Scuola of Milan, Italy.
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