Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 6, 2009) - John Brown University Department of Visual Arts will welcome the exhibit “Watercolors from the Permanent Collection of the Arkansas Arts Center” as the next display in the JBU Art Gallery. The opening reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Watercolorist Jim Lewis will be on hand at the reception to demonstrate various techniques. The exhibition will run through Dec. 13.
The AAC collection being featured ranges in date from the 1950s through the 1990s and shows the variety of directions artists have taken watercolor media through the years. This collection recognizes the talent of many emerging artists as well as the recognized masters of the watercolor media. Some of the artists included in the exhibit are Hugh Gumpel, Arnold Bittleman, Jon Carsman, Jane Culp, George Dombek, Ann Downs, Herman Maril, Louisa Matthiasdotttir and William McNamara. The AAC is the preeminent arts institution in the State of Arkansas. Established in 1961 as an expansion of the 1937 Museum of Fine Arts, it houses an internationally recognized drawing collection. Its definition of drawings as unique works of art on paper allows watercolors to be included in its collection.
“The Arkansas Arts Center has an amazing permanent collection and we are very honored that they have currated this exhibit specifically for John Brown University,” said Charles Peer, professor of visual arts and gallery director. “It is a wonderful opportunity for our community to see a broad range of techniques and styles in watercolor by some of the best painters of the last half of the 20th Century.”
The JBU Art Gallery is located in JBU’s art building on the main campus in Siloam Springs. Normal gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.