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Artists in Residence

The Museum School Ceramics Department launched an Artist in Residence program in 2011. Residency programs benefit both the artist and the organization in that the artist is able to build his/her own repertoire of skills and add to his/her résumé. The organization receives the benefit of an emerging professional in the field who will bring fresh ideas to the program.

Adrian QuintanarAdrian Quintanar is a full time studio potter living in Little Rock, Arkansas. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas; he has enjoyed raising his family in Arkansas since moving here nearly six years ago. From an early age Adrian was interested in the arts: originally studying music, he played the clarinet and saxophone into his early college years. Later, he formed bands and made studio recordings. Before transitioning to pottery full-time, Adrian had a 12-year long career in the dental lab industry as a “ceramicist.” Working with porcelain, he hand-crafted countless numbers of teeth for more than 50 dentists in the delta region. During his years working in dental laboratories, Adrian met his wife Sarah and helped support her in earning a PhD in economics from LSU (Louisiana State University). Upon her completion, Dr. Quintanar accepted a teaching position at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock where Adrian was able to return to school and earn a BFA with an emphasis in Photography. While earning a fine arts degree in photography from UALR, Adrian rediscovered his passion ceramics and love for functional pottery. Since graduating he has worked with clay as his primary medium and joined the Arkansas Art Center’s ceramic studio staff. His ceramic and photographic work has been shown in fine art galleries, featured in local news outlets including Arkansas Times and commissioned by individuals and businesses including the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Arkansas Arts Center. In his free time Adrian enjoys playing with his three young children (Oliver, Elliott and Norah) and traveling with his wife, Sarah.

Past Resident Artists – Ceramics include: Jennifer Fitzhugh (2011–2012), Ryan Sniegocki (2012–2014), Ashley Morrison (2014–2015) and Julia Baugh (2015–2017).


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and the Arkansas Arts Council, a division of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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