UALR’s Department of Art and Design is hosting two art exhibitions from Aug. 16 to Sept. 29; one from Iranian-American artist Meena Khalili, and another a pairing collection piecing together the Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates and Woodyard Corporate Art Collection and the UA Little Rock Permanent Collection.
Khalili’s series, “New in LOU, Drawn Daily,” outlines Khalili’s transfer to Louisville, Kentucky where she created 365 pieces of art to reflect the spirit of each day in the city for a year. The collection is composed of sketchbook and journal drawings, larger sketches and collage pieces. The use of collage throughout the collection was very prominent, as Khalili claims it represents not only her collection, but Louisville and other cities like it as well.
“The city of Louisville is a living organism behaving similarly to most other small-to-mid-sized cities across America,” Khalili said. “The city itself is a collage of sounds, images, billboards, historic sites and churches.”
Since Khalili created one piece each day, she created an Instagram account, @newinlou365, as a method of accountability, where she posted each new piece. The exhibit truly does showcase the uniqueness of Louisville, all through the lens of someone who had never seen the city before, allowing residents to see their city from a completely new viewpoint.
The other exhibit being shown in the Windgate Center is Pairing Collections: Contemporary Art in 1980s Arkansas. The Brad Cushman gallery is showcasing Pairing Collections, which combines a private collection with UA Little Rock’s Permanent Collection to showcase a decade of the expanding art community in Arkansas: the 1980s.
Some of the pieces being showcased were bought from UA Little Rock faculty and students, and remain in the Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates and Woodyard Corporate Art Collection since their purchase in the 1980s. Cushman hopes that by showcasing this collection, the importance of art patronage and appreciation will be recognized.
Some highlights of both collections are pictured. Both collections will remain in the Windgate Center for Art and Design until September 29, with Khalili’s collection in the Small Gallery and Pairing Collections in the Brad Cushman Gallery.