I have not been able to get down to see the "Women to Watch 2013" exhibition of the Arkansas committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts at the Arts and Science Center in Pine Bluff, but I do have some images to share, and for now that will have to do. (When Max Brantley returns from his jaunt on the other side of the planet and reassumes his post at the Arkansas Blog I will return to Eye Candy with a vengeance.)
The annual exhibition this year features textile works by Barbara Cade of Hot Springs; Louise M. Halsey of Little Rock; Jennifer Libby Fay (formerly of Rogers), Jane Hartfield of Fort Smith and Deborah Kuster of Conway. Curator for the exhibition was Caroline S. Brown.
A little bio on each exhibiting artist:
Cade, who has a studio in Hot Springs that hosts an open house each year, is showing felted and mixed media works. She has a master's degree from the University of Washington at Seattle and was the winner of a NMWA annual scholarship in 2004.
Halsey was chosen by the National Museum of Women in the Arts to show her work in the exhibition High Fiber-Women to Watch 2012 in Washington, D.C., which went down Jan. 6. Halsey has been weaving since 1971 and earned a master's degree in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in Vermont. She creates tapestries.
Libby Fay’s “textile paintings” explore the "relationship between art, nature and spirituality," according to the NMWA release. She has done commissioned work for J.B. Hunt, the late Hjem Restaurant in Fayetteville and the Highlands Oncology Group Benton County Clinic and has exhibited around the country.
Hartfield’s hand-dyed and painted quilts explore color relationships, NMWA says. She exhibits at the Regional Art Museum of Fort Smith and has work in corporate and private collections.
Deborah Kuster, a professor of art at the University of Central Arkansas, "creates art quilts whose creation goes beyond the loom." Besides graduate degrees in art, she holds a doctorate in art education from the University of North Texas.
The exhibition runs through April 13 and will travel to Fort Smith Regional Arts Museum May 2-July 7, the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville July 18-Aug. 17, the Stephens Gallery at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville from Sept. 4-Oct. 22 4, the Fine Arts Center Gallery at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro Nov. 5-29 and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Dec. 13-Feb. 28, 2014.