Artist INC Springdale
Artist INC and M-AAA collaborate with Arts Center of the Ozarks to present Artist INC Live Springdale
About Arts Center of the Ozarks
Located in Downtown Springdale, Arts Center of the Ozarks has been providing and making arts for the last fifty years. They have introduced thousands of people to live performance. Many others have been inspired by art classes, performed in plays and shared their art on the gallery walls. This non-profit arts organization offers a diverse range of programming, a home to artists and arts organizations to showcase their work, and engages people of every age and background to create a vibrant and cohesive community.
Artist INC Live Springdale convenes March 27 – May 22, 2018.
Kat Wilson is a Bentonville-based artist, received her MFA from the University of Arkansas and is the co-founder of Bentonville’s Bottle Rocket gallery. Wilson’s work has been exhibited and published regionally and internationally, including the Los Angeles Times, the Oxford American, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Washington Post, Little Rock Monthly and Communication Arts. Wilson’s “Habitats” series of digital photographs explore the lives and personalities of her sitters through elaborate orchestrations of the possessions and spaces that constitute their everyday environment. Employing centuries-old compositional devices, Wilson’s theatrically conceived portraits transcend the quotidian familiarity of the personal belongings and spaces they depict, casting her subjects as both intimately vulnerable, and heroic.
Bryan Hembree is an Okie-Arkie, originally from Tulsa, but firmly planted in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the past 18 years. Bryan studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas and received a Fullbright Scholarship for a year of study at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford in England. A performing musician and songwriter, he has toured professionally for the past 15 years. Bryan and his wife Bernice currently perform as Smokey & The Mirror. He is also the co-founder of the Fayetteville Roots Festival.
Sonia Gutiérrez completed a BS in microbiology in 1996, and BA in graphic design in 1998, from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. While an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain and attended the Universidad de Salamanca to study art history and graphic design with a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. In 2002, she completed an MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design in New York, New York. In 2003, she returned to Fayetteville and founded New Design School by 2006, and 3c21 Design in 2007. Her mediums include installation, sound and video having exhibited at the Sheila Parsons Gallery in New York, NY; Crystal Bridges Museum Short Film Festival in Bentonville, AR; Fayetteville Arts Festival entry installation; and Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale, AR. In May 2009, she was invited by Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan to lead the Creative Economy Action Group. Today, she practices and teaches graphic design, web design, and design busi- ness in her role as CEO of Atelier NDS, NDS Press and founder and chief of operations for New Design School.
Matt Miller, a Native of Arkansas, received his B.S.B.A with an emphasis in finance, from the University of Arkansas, in 2007. Matt has been a working artist for the past 10 years. His works are featured in private and corporate collections throughout the United States as well as a few international commissions. Growing up in a home of four siblings, Matt found his voice through creative thought and action. He gained much inspiration while living in Central America in 2005, his visit to Africa in 2007, and travels to Columbia 2009. He is currently focused on running his studio gallery, murals, and abstract conceptual works.
Sharon Killian’s work melds the figurative and the abstract in a process that provides the artistic and aesthetic tension that feeds her creativity as an “art for art’s sake” devotee. It also provides a sense of connectedness to the work as random viewers are drawn closer to her paintings seeking familiarity in the subject matter. The subject matter includes swaths of views of the sky during sunset and sunrise, of fog inter- twined with the valley forests and laid between the crevasses of the lower Boston Mountains that surround us in Northwest Arkansas. As viewers take an intimate study of the images, questions are posed as to the medium (even as the labels state its fact), formal aspects of the closely juxtaposed or floating shapes, sometimes linear or planar interruptions to the illusion of depth and three dimensionality the once familiar image devolves into pieces of color and pieces of shapes that are singularly defined.
Rachel Lynett has a BA in Theatre from the University of Notre Dame (2011) and an MFA in Theatre from the University of Arkansas (2015). Her recent playwriting credits include Downstage Left Residency with Stage Left for her play, Well-Intentioned White People (2017), Well-Intentioned White People as a part of 2017 Orlando Shakespeare New Play Festival, honorable mention for the 2017 Kilroys for her play, Well-Intentioned White People, and a workshop production of Abortion Road Trip produced by Theatre Prometheus as part of Capital Fringe where it won Best Comedy. Her play, Abortion Road Trip, presented by Theatre Prometheus, was also a part of the 2017 Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival. She currently works as the company manager at Arts Center of the Ozarks and is a AIE rostered teaching artist through Arkansas Arts Council.
Lia Uribe, Moosmann artist, is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Arkansas, and Principal Bassoonist of SoNA (Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas) and APO (Arkansas Philharmic Orchestra). Dr. Uribe maintains an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and artist-teacher. Her international work includes venues and festivals in Colombia, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Ecuador, Greece, Puerto Rico, Japan, as well as multiple venues in the United States. Dr. Uribe performs and tours on regular basis with the Lyrique Quintette, woodwind quintet in residence at the University of Arkansas. Her research interest is centered on Latin-American and Latinx music and composers, in addition to inclusiveness and diversity in the arts.