Morton Brown, an artist-in-residence at the University of Central Arkansas, has begun painting a 26-by-36 foot mural on Conway City Hall. Brown, a UCA graduate who holds a master’s degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, is working with UCA art students on the mural, which will be dedicated on Oct. 6 during a day-long arts celebration. He'll give a talk at 7 p.m. on Thursday in McCastlain Hall room 143 about the mural.
You can follow the mural's progress at www.conwaymuralproject.blogspot.com
After the jump: an in-progress shot and Brown's breakdown of the mural's significance.
Our resident art queen, Leslie Peacock, contributed most of this item.
Brown's breakdown, via the blog
for the mural:
I depicted the children playing dress up-wearing costumes that represent the passage of time through key archetypes from various important periods and/or ideals from Conway’s past and present. For instance, there is a child in a train conductor’s hat in the lower center of the picture who holds a model train engine from the Little Rock & Ft. Smith Railroad of the early 1900’s. To the conductor’s left, there is a child in Native American (Caddo) garb that speaks to early inhabitants of the area, and Conway’s proximity to the Trail of Tears passage. Further to the left is a ballerina, symbolizing the growth of arts and culture in the city. The child laying the railroad tracks is dressed in garb taken from a photo of a Conway Train Depot dispatcher from around 1905. The figure in the center, atop the knoll is a teacher, delivering her lesson to her favorite toys. The teacher’s “students” are her favorite Sesame Street characters that are educational in nature, and allude to AETN in Conway. The largest, “flying kid” is the future-draped in a cape made from an Arkansas Traveler quilt, and slightly turning into digital pixels as she heads off into the new day. The models used for the conductor, teacher and train dispatcher are children from Conway’s Boys and Girls Club. On the far left, are three of Conway’s prominent founding historical figures. From left to right, they are Col. Asa Robinson, founder of the City of Conway, Florence Mattison, Conway Public School educator associated with The Pine Street School, and James John Doyne, founder of Arkansas Normal School, now known as the University of Central Arkansas.