Black History Month Art Exhibition

UCA to Present Second Annual Black History Month Art Exhibition

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, along with the College of Fine Arts and Communication, will celebrate Black History Month with the second annual Black History Month Art Exhibition from Friday, Feb. 21 to Thursday, March 12 at UCA Downtown, located at 1105 W. Oak Street in downtown Conway.

An artists’ reception was held Friday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., with opening remarks to begin at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition and artists’ reception are free to attend and open to the public.

This exhibit will feature the artworks of 10 of UCA’s student artists of black and/or African descent, while commemorating Black History Month. The exhibit will be on display from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through March 12.

“The sentiment that when we stand tall, we stand on the shoulders of those before us best encapsulates being in this show,” said featured artist Louise Mandumbwa. “It acts as a commemoration of the vibrant culture we’re all a part of and celebrates the phenomenal, contemporary talents we find ourselves in the company of.”

“My art is all about storytelling and the importance of leaving a legacy,” said Will Lee, a senior art major from Little Rock, when describing the inspiration behind his painting “Generations.”

“My great-grandmother was the backbone of our family, and everyone looked to her for guidance and support. This painting is all about family and the embodiment of life. The story of black families and the black community deserves to be heard year-round and not just during Black History Month,” he said.

For more information, contact Kristy Carter at kcarter@uca.edu or (501) 450-3118 or visit uca.edu/downtown.

Featured student artists and their artworks:

Alexis Claiborne, senior graphic design major, minor in film, from Nashville, Arkansas
“3 Shades of Blue,” 2019

Monika Cunningham
Monika Cunningham“3 Shades of Blue,” 2019

Monika Anne Cunningham, junior fine arts and marketing major from Nassau, Bahamas
“In the Middle,” 2019
“Gotta Find A Piece of Mind,” 2019

Trevor Dyson, junior criminology major and art minor from Dallas, Texas
“Five Heartbeats,” 2019
“Untitled,” sculpture, 2019
“Notorious BIG,” 2019
“Persevere,” 2019

Victoria Grady, graduate student earning a Master of Arts in Teaching, from Pine Bluff
“Untitled,” 4×6, 2019
“Untitled,” 4×6, 2019
“Details of Winter,” 2019

Wesley James, senior art major from Russellville
“Change Is Inevitable,” 2019
“That Power,” sculpture, 2018

Will Lee, senior art major from Little Rock
“Generations,” 2018
“Through the Fire,” 2018

Louise Mandumbwa, senior bachelor of fine arts candidate majoring in painting, from Botswana, Southern Africa
“Azuoma,” 2019

Sidney McCoy
Sidney McCoy

Sidney McCoy, senior studio art major from North Little Rock
“Dex,” 2020
“Untitled,” 2019

Bobby Miller, senior art major from Conway
“Missing Home,” 2019

Nakeya Palmer, senior art history major from Forrest City
“Home,” 2018

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