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An exhibit of drawings by celebrated Arkansas-born graphic artist Nate Powell opens today at the Historic Arkansas Museum; the 2nd Friday Art Night reception for the artist is 5-8 p.m. tonight.

"Nate Powell: Cross Sections" includes work from a dozen projects over a 14-year period. Powell is the winner of the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel for "Swallow Me Whole" and 2008 and 2009 Ignatz Awards for Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Debut.

Powell, who formed the punk ensemble Soophie Nun Squad with artist Michael Lierly and Nathan Wilson, writes about the show:

With this exhibition, I present core samples from more than a dozen different projects over 14 years. The first period of work, from 1998 to about 2005, is defined by focus on failed communication, guilt, transience, and thinly-veiled desire. The second era, lasting until about 2008, is more focused on unassuming depictions of highly subjective experiences and characters, finally exploring dread, menace, selfishness, and loss of control. Works from 2009 to 2012 condense these questions, reintroducing them as more pointed narratives about Southern culture, shifting notions of identity, questionable legacies, and the threat of violence.

The Isaac Alexander Band will play and Sharea Soup will serve soup. Powell's work will hang in the second floor gallery through June 3.

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