The Windgate Center of Art + Design has announced exhibitions and guest speakers for the remainder of the year.
Pairing Collections: Contemporary Art in 1980s Arkansas is on display through Sept. 29 at Brad Cushman Gallery, Level 2. The exhibition is part of Mitchell Williams Corporate Art Collection and UA Little Rock Permanent Collection. Meena Khalili: New in LOU, Drawn Daily in the Small Gallery on the first level will be around until Sept. 29. Khalili will be the guest speaker at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The location is to be determined.
Simen Johan originally drew attention in the early ’90s by merging digital manipulation with traditional darkroom techniques. Since then, he has been developing a hybrid form of image-making that integrates candidly photographed animals and landscapes with a compositional structuring and conceptual intent typically associated with painting and cinema, according to a press release. “Known for his psychologically charged depictions of the natural world, Simen Johan has expanded his creative universe to include ceramic sculptures, celestial bodies and detailed compositions that oscillate between bright light and dark shadows,” according to a press release.
An opening reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Oct. 10 for the artist’s exhibition Oct. 12-Dec. 2. Johan will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in WCAD 101. Johan’s works are on loan from the collection of 21C Museum Hotel, Yossi Milo Gallery in New York and a private collector out of Princeton, New Jersey.
Anaïs Dassé: Saint George will be on display Oct. 12 through Dec. 2 in the installation annex of the Brad Cushman Gallery. Dassé creates “fictitious tableaux, picturing primitive feral youth, as ethnographic material,” according to a press release. She playfully imagines things in the context of a larger fictional culture. She curates hierarchies of events, enticing the viewer into a narrative with children and young adults in the forests of Arkansas and Texas.
Her first career was as a scientific illustrator in France. After she relocated to Arkansas, she began to address the subjects of religious beliefs, guns, and civilization. Dassé is represented by Boswell Mourot Gallery in Little Rock.
Gonzalo Fuenmayor is a Colombian artist living and working in Miami. His monumental charcoal drawings of palm trees, waterslides, and vision testing micromachines examine the notions the exotic and the collision of culture in the tropical landscapes of Florida, according to a press release.
Fuenmayor’s exhibition will be on display Oct.5-Nov. 15 in the Small Gallery on the first level. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10.
The UA Little Rock Department of Art + Design’s Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Arts capstone is set for Nov. 20-Dec. 10. There will be a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 22, according to a press release.
The Windgate Center of Art + Design is located at 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72204. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the gallery office at 501-916-5103 or visit the UA Little Rock Department of Art and Design Facebook page.