UAFS, The Bakery District Partner to Bring Fine Art to the Community


FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A collaboration between The College of Arkansas—Fort Smith and The Bakery District will introduce a new arts location to the heart of downtown Fort Smith this June.

According to a push release, the District Artwork Galleries by UAFS will convey high-quality art to unconventional exhibition spaces at The Bakery, setting up a forum for group engagement with the arts as aspect of an ongoing partnership in between The Bakery, the UAFS Gallery of Art & Layout and the UAFS Department of Artwork & Style. The inaugural exhibition, “Process/Experience/Place” is getting mounted this 7 days, and will characteristic the work of neighborhood artists Mary Elkins, Jarrod Cluck, and Owen Buffington, all of whom serve as adjunct art faculty at the university.

The exhibition will operate from June 1 as a result of September 18, with a reception celebrating the set up and the partnership to be announced shortly. Viewing is free and the exhibition is open to the general public all through the Bakery merchants’ open hrs.

“This room will be one more visual art center in Fort Smith and will develop the presence of our UAFS Gallery and Section of Art & Design in the downtown location,” mentioned Katie Waugh, chair of the Office of Artwork & Design and style. “This is a essential forum for up to date artwork that I hope the UAFS and Fort Smith communities will love.”

The gallery will showcase nearby, regional, and national artists—both rising and established—whose do the job demonstrates “contemporary developments in the visual arts.” Using location across many areas in the district, exhibitions will be held quarterly with the intent to build a steady, aggressive system of fashionable and impactful installations that actually interact the community.

In accordance to Dr. Matthew Bailey, UAFS gallery director, the District Artwork Galleries will also be a education ground for UAFS students in artwork gallery practice.

“The instruction aspect is meant primarily for artwork college students to get art managing and gallery working experience, however volunteer chances will be open to any intrigued college student,” said Bailey. “Volunteers will assist with exhibition installations, and in the long run, we hope to utilize this venue as portion of our acquiring educational system in artwork dealing with and museum observe.”

“This past 12 months, Dr. Bailey has initiated a program of hiring scholar workers for the Gallery.” reported Waugh, noting that Bailey has hired two university student gallery assistants and 1 intern in 2022. “These prospects are an critical extension of our students’ academic applications and operating on exhibitions in this new place will broaden the two their tutorial knowledge and their qualified repertoire in establishing exhibition areas and conquering style and design worries.”


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