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62nd ANNUAL DELTA EXHIBITION

June 19 - August 23, 2020

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center in collaboration with Historic Arkansas Museum,
Thea Foundation, ACANSA Gallery and the Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Library

The Arkansas Arts Center’s 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition is the first digital exhibition in the storied history of the Delta.

Elevating artistic voices from the American South and beyond, the Annual Delta Exhibition addresses identity, place, history, heritage and power. As one of the longest-running and most prestigious juried art exhibitions in the region, the Delta Exhibition represents the Arts Center’s commitment to artists living and working in our community today – and to continuing to grow artistic talent in the region.

“The Delta Exhibition offers artists a high-profile platform to share their work with a broad audience. As a Delta arts institution, the Arts Center remains committed to Delta artists. We are proud to present an innovative solution to continue the exhibition during this time,” Executive Director Victoria Ramirez said. “Along with our creative arts partners, we look forward to showcasing art that will educate and inspire, especially amid challenging circumstances.”

The Delta Exhibition is part of the Arts Center’s digital engagement initiative “Arkansas Arts Center Amplified’ through which the center is bringing engaging art experiences online. In addition to the center’s popular Young Arkansas Artists digital exhibition, the new digital format for Delta also offers increased accessibility to an exhibition that represents the entire Mississippi Delta region.

Historic Arkansas Museum
 

Thea Foundation
 

Laman Library - Argenta Branch 

ACANSA Logo

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION


The 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition will feature 63 works from from 772 entries by 348 artists. See a full list of featured artists on our blog. Learn more.

 

 

 

 

 


Programming Preview


DELTA 60 Facebook Watch Party | Tuesday, July 14 at 6 p.m.

Join us for a virtual watch party of the Arkansas Arts Center original documentary, DELTA 60, on Facebook. The hour-long documentary explores the innovative work featured in the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition in 2018 through the eyes of 10 Arkansas artists. Following these artists as they create work that addresses place, identity, representation and history, DELTA 60 proves the power of art to challenge its viewers – and its makers. Follow the Arkansas Arts Center on Facebook.

62nd Annual Delta Juror Conversation and Awards | Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m. | Watch the video

Join us virtually! Arkansas Arts Center members, featured artists and special guests are invited to a virtual conversation between Guest Juror Stefanie Fedor and Brian Lang, Chief Curator and Windgate Foundation Curator of Contemporary Craft, about the process of selecting the artworks for the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition. Following the conversation, Fedor will announce the Grand Award winner ($2,500), Delta Award winners ($750), and the Contemporaries Award winner ($250).

Contemporaries Virtual Night at the Delta Exhibition | Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m.

Join the Contemporaries, an Arkansas Arts Center auxiliary membership group, for an exclusive virtual tour of the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition and a Q&A with Delta artists. The Contemporaries are a group of young professionals and art enthusiasts who gather throughout the year for special opportunities to enjoy exclusive tours of Arts Center exhibitions, artist studios, galleries and private collections. Join the Contemporaries.

Virtual Studio Tours and Artist Talks | Ongoing

Join us throughout the run of the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition for studio visits and engaging conversations with Delta artists and virtual events for Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night and North Little Rock’s 3rd Friday Art Walks featuring guests from our Delta community partners Historic Arkansas Museum, Thea Foundation, ACANSA Gallery and the Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Library. Follow the Arkansas Arts Center on Facebook to learn more about Delta events and programs.

Upcoming Delta Talks:

Tuesday, October 13 at 12 p.m. – Virtual Studio Visit and Conversation with Delta Artist Wade Hampton | REGISTER HERE

Learn more about Delta Artist Wade Hampton in this online program. Hear about Wade’s practice, influences, see his studio and learn more about his work. Following the talk there will be time for questions from the audience.

Tuesday, October 27 at 12 p.m. – Virtual Studio Visit and Conversation with Delta Artist Cynthia Buob | REGISTER HERE

Want to learn what inspires a Delta Artist? You will not want to miss this virtual talk and studio tour with Cynthia Buob. View Cynthia’s work, learn about her practice, and see the space she works in. Following the talk and tour there will be time for questions from the audience.

 

Previous Delta Talks:

Tuesday, September 29 at 12 p.m. – Virtual Studio Visit and Conversation with Delta Artist Leah Grant | Watch the video

Join us for an online conversation with Delta Artist Leah Grant. Grant will talk with Arkansas Arts Center’s Director of Education and Programs, Rana Edgar, about her background, work, inspiration, and methods. After the conversation there will be time for questions from the audience.

Tuesday, June 23 at 12 p.m. – Delta Artist Virtual Gallery Talk: Ajamu Kojo | Watch the video

In this virtual gallery talk, Delta artist Ajamu Kojo talks with Toni Phinisey-Webber from the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site about Wakanda Don’t Cry, Kojo’s painting based on the famous photo of Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine. Kojo discusses his working methods, the Arkansas Arts Center as a place of inspiration, and working as an artist in New York City.


Tuesday, June 30 at 12 p.m. – Delta Artist Virtual Talk and Studio Tour: Barbara Satterfield | Watch the video

Have you ever wanted to see the studio of a Delta Artist? Barbara Satterfield gives a virtual tour of her home studio and discusses her artistic practice.


Tuesday, July 21 at 12 p.m. – Delta Artist Virtual Conversation: Joel Boyd and Education Director Rana Edgar | Watch the video

Enjoy this online conversation with Delta Artist Joel Boyd. Boyd talks with Arkansas Arts Center’s Director of Education and Programs, Rana Edgar, about his background, work, inspiration, and methods.

Tuesday, July 28 at 12 p.m. – Delta Artist Virtual Talk and Studio Tour: Joe Morzuch | Watch the video

Want to learn more about how Delta Artists work in their studio? See Joe Morzuch’s work, learn about his practice, and see the space he works in.


Tuesday, August 4 at 12 p.m. – Delta Artist Virtual Conversation: Louis Watts and Chief Curator Brian J. Lang | Watch the video

Learn more about Delta Artist Louis Watts in this online conversation between the artist and Arkansas Arts Center’s Chief Curator and Windgate Foundation Curator of Contemporary Craft, Brian J. Lang. Hear about Watts practice, influences, and learn more about his work.

Tuesday, August 18 at 12 p.m. – Delta Artist Virtual Conversation: Kayla O’Neal and Sharon Havelka with Chief Curator Brian J. Lang
| Watch the video

Want to know more about Delta artists Kayla O’Neal and Sharon Havelka? Brian J. Lang, Chief Curator and Windgate Foundation Curator of Contemporary Craft discusses process and inspiration with O’Neal and Havelka.

Tuesday, September 15 at 12 p.m. – Virtual Studio Visit and Conversation with Delta Artist Aaron Calvert | Watch the video

Learn more about Delta Artist and Grand Award winner Aaron Calvert in this online conversation. Hear about Calvert’s practice, influences, and learn more about his work in this talk. Following the program there will be time for questions from the audience.

 

 

Works from the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition


Barbara Satterfield, Buckeye Seed Pods Presented, 2020, ceramic, 16 x 19 x 15 inches

Aaron Calvert, Rocket Rabbit, 2020, stoneware, underglaze, gold ceramic enamel, 19 x 12 x 9 inches

Anton Hoeger, Woman with Red Shoes, 2019, oil on canvas, 43 1/3 x 43 1/3 inches

Anais Dasse, Hog Hunting, 2018, charcoal, graphite and oil on gessoed paper, 48 x 77 inches

Elizabeth Weber, Social Distancing, 2019, leaf skeletons, honey locust thorns, wool roving, and dandelion wishes, 9 ½ x 12 x 12 inches

Mildred West, Rooftop, Havana, 2019, photography, 11 x 17 inches

Wade Hampton, The Family, 2019, oil on wood, 24 x 36 inches

Ajamu Kojo, Wakanda Don’t Cry, 2018, Mischtechnik on linen canvas, 34 x 44 inches

Stephanie Williams, The Woodsman and the Crane, 2019, pen and sharpie on newspaper, 11 x 22 ½ inches

Leah Grant, Notice, 2019, cyanotype and screenprint, 30 x 22 inches

Louis Watts, Olive Branch (Ship Minerva), 2019, graphite on paper mounted to panel, 8 x 6 inches

Tim Hursley, Muskogee House, 2020, black and white photography on fiber print, 78 x 73 inches

About the Juror


Stefanie Fedor, Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, will serve as the exhibition’s juror. With more than 25 years of experience in visual arts programming, Fedor has helped the Visual Arts Center achieve its mission to celebrate and support the creative life of all people through art-making, exhibitions and community programs. Before joining VisArts, she served as the executive director of the Arlington Arts Center where she directed an artist residency, exhibitions and arts education program supporting emerging artists. During her tenure, Arlington Arts Center expanded its classroom and student capacity, produce an ongoing series of public art projects, and launched a curatorial incubator for emerging curators. Fedor previously served as assistant director of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center where she presented over 80 exhibitions of contemporary art featuring the work of both emerging and internationally renowned artists. While at AU, Ms. Fedor partnered with national and international arts and culture organizations to create a wide range of free public programs focused on contemporary arts and ideas. She has additionally managed and directed exhibitions programs at the Maryland Institute College of Art and New York University. Fedor served on the Board of Directors for ArtTable as the VP of Membership, and has curated and juried multiple exhibitions in Washington D.C., Baltimore and New York. Fedor earned a Bachelor’s degree in studio art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master’s in visual arts administration from New York University.

Stefanie Fedor

 

The 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition is Supported by


Mrs. Lisenne Rockefeller

Terri and Chuck Erwin

Judy Fletcher, In Memory of John R. Fletcher

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

JC Thompson Trust

Dianne and bobby tucker

AAC Contemporaries

Bank OZK

Phyllis and Michael Barrier

East Harding Construction

Marion W. Fulk

Barbara House

Don Tilton

 

  Grand Award supported by The John William Linn Endowment Fund

Exhibition supported by the Andre Simon Memorial Trust in memory of everyone who has died of
acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Reception support provided by Catfish Farmers of Arkansas

Arkansas Arts Center programs are supported in part by: Arkansas Arts Center Foundation; Arkansas Arts Center Board of Trustees; City of Little Rock; City of North Little Rock; Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; and the Arkansas Arts Council, a division of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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