ACNMWA Exhibits and Events
National Women to Watch Exhibition
The Women to Watch exhibit program was developed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts to feature underrepresented and emerging women artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. NMWA curators select the theme. Local arts professionals curate submissions to the national museum.
The 2015 Women to Watch theme explores how contemporary artists re-contextualize images of plants and animals to reflect upon the themes of sexuality, gender, politics, and the abject. This theme extends the idea that the mysterious and uncontrollable power of nature is a metaphor for the persistent unruliness of human culture. The 2015 ACNMWA curator was Courtney Taylor, Curator of Collections at the Arts and Sciences Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff.
Dawn Holder (Clarksville) was selected to represent Arkansas in the biennial competitive Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015 held June 5 – Sept 13, 2015, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. NMWA
Arkansas Women to Watch Exhibition: a biennial state tour
The ACNMWA organizes an Arkansas tour of its curated submissions after the national Women to Watch exhibit concludes. Women to Watch guidelines change every two years with each thematic emphasis selected by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
The 2016 Arkansas Women to Watch Exhibit features work by Arkansas women artists: Dawn Holder, Sandra Luckett, Katherine Rutter, and Melissa Wilkinson. The 2016 Arkansas Women to Watch Exhibit is currently scheduled to tour through April 2017.
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Arkansas Women to Watch 2016: Organic Matters State Tour
This biennial statewide tour features the work by four emerging and mid-career artists whose process and content were applicable to the theme of Nature for Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015, the biennial competitive exhibit sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, D.C. ACNMWA guest curator Courtney Taylor conducted studio tours to initially select the artists whose work is now featured in this Arkansas exhibit of contemporary drawings, paintings, photography, and a mixed-media installation that embody elements of Nature and can be interpreted within its historic and contemporary associations. ACNMWA is the only NMWA affiliate that sponsors statewide tours of work by its nominees for the national Women to Watch competitive exhibition program.
The Arkansas selection for last summer’s national exhibit was Monoculture, a porcelain installation by Dawn Holder (Clarksville). The statewide tour features a different installation by Holder: Once Upon a Time in the Forest of I’m Not Good Enough, a 10’ X 10’ amalgam of trees, flowers, cattails, and pools made of porcelain, porcelain paper-clay, poly-fill, plaster, sugar, chocolate and butterscotch almond bark, hard candy, cotton candy, and iridescent paint. Holder is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of the Ozarks. The tour also features an installation of twelve digital photographs by Sandra Luckett (Conway), artist and Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Framed images in her series Sexy Puddles mysteriously capture silken fabrics in aqueous environments to suggest character and action. Artist Katherine Rutter’s mixed-media drawings combine graphite, gouache, watercolor, wallpaper, ink, acrylic, and algae to explore relationships in fictional environments (formerly of Little Rock). The watercolor paintings of Melissa Wilkinson (Bono), artist and Assistant Professor of Art at Arkansas State University, are fractured amalgamations of surreal still life compositions that juxtapose the human figure within man-made structures hinting at deconstructed associations of sexuality.
Arkansas Women to Watch 2016 is made possible in part by the Windgate Foundation and will travel to various community and educational institutions through May 2017. It premiered Thursday, December 3, at the Art & Sciences Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, where tour curator Courtney Taylor serves as Assistant Director/Curator. Additional 2016 venues currently include: The Windgate Art & Design Building at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith (Jan 28 – Feb 25), Trieschmann Gallery at Hendrix College in Conway (Mar 3-31), The Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale (June 29 – July 28), South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado (Aug 4 – Sept 1), UALR Department of Art Galleries in Little Rock (Sept 8 – Oct 20), and the Argenta Branch Gallery of the William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock (Dec 8 – Jan 12, 2017). The 2017 venues currently include: the Stephens Fine Art Gallery at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville (Jan 19 – Feb 16), and the Arkadelphia Arts Center in Arkadelphia (Feb 23 – April 6). Additional host venues are forthcoming and will be announced on this site. Additional information about schedules and tour options is available from ACNMWA member and tour Project Manager Barbara Satterfield (email@example.com).
Dawn Holder, “Once Upon a Time in the Forest of I’m Not Sweet Enough” (Detail), 2008-2010, mixed-media installation.
The Arkansas Committee is delighted to continue this exhibit series—our fourth biennial Women to Watch state tour. It promotes Arkansas women artists and it gives us an excellent opportunity to contribute to the cultural life in our state. – Maribeth Frazer, President, ACNMWA
The 2015 national competitive exhibit emphasized how women artists have moved beyond historical assumptions that limited their interpretations of Nature to rendering landscapes, still life, or detailed decorative work. It and the 2016 Arkansas tour demonstrate that women artists now explore contemporary issues about, and relationships with, the natural world via unlimited form, content, and medium. – Barbara Satterfield, Tour Manager
CURATOR’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Working on Arkansas Women to Watch 2016 has been a pleasure and a labor of love. I feel fortunate to have come to the project at the right time with the right theme: the opportunity to break down barriers related to gender and sexuality and confront the continued inequality in arts professions, among others, is a welcome one. It has been an absolute honor to serve as Guest Curator for this Women to Watch cycle. – Courtney Taylor
Dawn Holder selected for inclusion in the NMWA 2015 Women to Watch Exhibition
Dawn Holder (Clarksville) was selected to represent Arkansas in the biennial competitive Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015 scheduled for June 5 – Sept 13, 2015, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. NMWA Associate Curator Ginny Treanor selected the national show, including Ms. Holder’s installation, “Monoculture” made of variable plots of porcelain sod created with densely-packed hand-made blades of ceramic grass. Ms. Holder earned her MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville.
Depictions of nature can illuminate themes of sexuality, gender politics, the abject, and the sublime. In the fourth installment of the NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series, contemporary artists use imagery and materials taken from the natural world. The works on view recontextualize images of plants and animals and redefine the relationships between women, nature, and art. Calling to mind entrenched associations of women with nature, the exhibition opens a dialogue about these traditional views. Women to Watch is an exhibition series featuring emerging and underrepresented women artists held every two to three years developed in conjunction with the museum’s national and international outreach committees. – See more at: Upcoming Exhibitions | National Museum of Women in the Arts
Courtney Taylor, Curator of Collections at the Arts and Sciences Center of Southeast Arkansas, served as the Arkansas State Committee curator of national submissions and the state exhibit of the same name that will begin its tour upon conclusion of the national show. Ms. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in history and art history and a master’s degree in museum studies. Her curatorial experience includes the Gilcrease Museum, the Philbrook Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL. Ms. Taylor’s selections for the state tour include a different porcelain installation by Ms. Holder titled “Once Upon a Time in the Forest of I’m Not Sweet Enough…” and multiple pieces by Sandra Luckett (Conway) , Katherine Rutter (formerly of Little Rock), and Melissa Wilkinson (Bono). The state tour of Arkansas Women to Watch 2015 will begin on Thursday, December 3, 2015, with an opening reception at the Arts and Sciences Center of Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff.
Send inquiries regarding the state exhibit tour schedule to ACNMWA Exhibit Liason Barbara Satterfield: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015 Exhibit Brochure
Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015 Exhibit Article
Arkansas Champion Trees: ACNMWA Exhibit Tour & Educational Outreach
ACNMWA is pleased to announce the release and book signings of artist Linda Palmer’s book, Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey.
The component was made possible through the generosity of Entergy Arkansas and the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The Arkansas Champion Tree project was also supported, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Non-traditional educators may access GCC lesson plans and images on the Arkansas Forestry Association website: http://www.arkforests.org/growingchampionclassrooms.html. Certified teachers may access them through the Arkansas Educational Television Network I.D.E.A.S. portal: http://www.aetn.org/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/108938/Full_Educator_Guide_CT.pdfhttp://ideas.aetn.org/.
ACNMWA gratefully acknowledges the sponsors of the “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey” art exhibit tour and the educational program “Growing Champion Classrooms”: Plum Creek, Domtar, Williams-Palmer Family, Robyn and John Horn, Energy, School of Forest Resources at UA Monticello, the Arkansas Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Educational resources may be found online: Arkansas Forestry Association Programs and the Arkansas Educational Television Network Educators Page.
For more information visit: championtreesexhibit.org
Arkansas Committee Scholars Exhibit: January 13, 2017 – February 10, 2017
Women Artists Recognized by State Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
The Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) announces the exhibition of work by recipients of its Polly Wood Crews Scholar Award. Arkansas Committee Scholars will be on view at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies for two consecutive Second Friday Art Nights: Friday, January 13, through Friday, February 10, in the Downstairs Gallery. The exhibit is free and the public is invited to enjoy the Butler Center exhibit receptions on 2nd Friday Art Nights in January and February, from 5 – 8 pm in the Arkansas Artists Retail Gallery.
Artists featured in the Arkansas Committee Scholars exhibit include Beverly Buys (Hot Springs), Robin Miller-Bookhout (North Little Rock), and Maxine Payne (Greenbrier). Each artist was selected from a group of applicants to receive recent grant stipends of $2,000 to further artistic skills, pursue an artistic vision, or invest in equipment necessary to those ends. Details and an application are found online at http://acnmwa.org/scholarships/. Application for the 2017 award must be completed online on or before February 1, 2017.
The 2016 Scholar Award recipient Beverly Buys is a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her medium is cyanotype photography. She earned her B.S.E in Art Education from Henderson State University in 1977 and taught art in public schools until she returned to earn an M.A. in Photography from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1994, and an M.F.A. in Photography from the University of Memphis in 1996. She retired as a full professor from Henderson State University after twenty years of teaching.
Buys’ Scholar Award stipend helped her fulfill travel and photography necessary for plans associated with her Delta in Blue series, a photographic essay of the south central Arkansas Delta spanning the years 2011-2016. Buys writes: “For the last five years I have taken 3 or 4 extended road trips each year to Helena–West Helena, Arkansas, and the surrounding area searching for my subject. I find it in the remnants of homes, businesses, churches and cemeteries as well as the agricultural landscape which is a barometer for the rhythm of life as it wears the change of each season like an outer garment. The Delta’s legacy of cuisine, art, literature, music which is inextricably attached to its complicated racial past is an energy that pulses deep for those who slow down and learn the history.”
The 2015 Scholar Award recipient Robin Miller-Bookhout lives majorally in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Her medium is pastel drawing and painting. After earning her degree in Art Education, Miller-Bookhout moved to Little Rock. She studied with various artists, including Catherine Tharp Altwater (founder, American Watercolor Society) while pursuing her career as an educator, teaching over thirty years at an Arkansas arts magnet middle school. Her art career paralleled her classroom creativity by informing and contributing to her production in all media while introducing students to multiple ways of working.
Miller-Bookhout’s Scholar Award stipend contributed towards purchase of a camera that helped her record images and develop of a new series of paintings that compare and contrast the river and bayou habitats of Arkansas and Louisiana. She immersed herself in the flora and fauna surrounding her on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain and Bayou Faciane, recording the habitats at various times of day to interpret them on canvas and paper, primarily in watercolor. This new series is a counterpoint to Miller-Bookhout’s numerous paintings of similar scenes in Arkansas.
The 2013 Scholar Award recipient Maxine Payne grew up in rural Arkansas, and calls Greenbrier home. Her medium is digital photography. Payne earned her MA and MFA degrees at the University of Iowa, where she was also an Iowa Arts Fellow. She is a Fellow of the American Photography Institute at New York University and a fellow of the College Art Association. Currently a Professor in the Art Department at Hendrix College in Conway, Payne works to find ways to engage community in her work, and speaks to the idea of place.
Payne’s Scholar Award stipend assisted with her travel to complete the photographic series shown in this exhibit. Rural Women and Globalization is a collaboration between Payne and anthropologist Annie Goldberg. The project melded oral history and documentary photography to investigate commonalities among rural women’s lives at five sites, including Central America: San Luis, Costa Rica; Africa: Bagamoyo, Tanzania; Indochina: Vihnh Linh, Vietnam; Mexico: Agua Prieta; and the United States: Douglas, Arizona.
“The Arkansas Committee is delighted to initiate this exhibit with the Butler Center. We want to recognize these deserving recipients, share the amazing art work made possible by the Crews Scholar Award with the public. It is just one way we enjoy contributing to the rich cultural life in our state.” – Maribeth Frazer, President, ACNMWA
The Arkansas Committee established the Scholar Award in 1995. Among many former recipients are Arkansas women artists Mary Ann Stafford, Katherine Strauss, Laura Waters, Debbie Finley, Barbara Cade, Ilayali Alvarez-Hallmark, Maria Botti Villegas, Ramona Wood, Deborah Warren, and Kathleen Holder. The Arkansas State Committee of NMWA is an affiliate of the national museum, the world’s only major museum dedicated to celebrating the creative contributions and accomplishments of women in the arts. ACNMWA supports the museum’s mission to educate the public about women artists by collecting, exhibiting, and creating programs that advocate for equity and recognize excellence. ACNMWA is the only NMWA affiliate that sponsors statewide tours of work by its nominees for the national Women to Watch competitive exhibition program. The ACNMWA tour supports the state’s women artists and arts professionals, as does its paid scholarships and internships, and its informative web site featuring a juried artists’ registry. For more information about the Arkansas Committee NMWA, visit www.acnmwa.org. For more information about the National Museum of Women in the Arts, visit www.nmwa.org.
Beverly Buys (2016)
Medium: Cyanotype Photography
Scholar Project: Delta in Blue
1.Shadden’s Bar-B-Q-Closed, 2016, Cyanotype print
2. Big Boy’s Place
Installation view of “Delta in Blue” series of cyanotype photography by Beverly Buys, ACNMWA Scholars Exhibit at the Butler Center Galleries, 2017.
Installation view of paintings by Robin Miller-Bookhout, ACNMWA Scholars Exhibit at the Butler Center Galleries, 2017.
Robin Miller-Bookhout (2015)
Scholar Project: Habitats Series