The University of Central Arkansas’s Baum Gallery will host “Say Something: Art as Protest” from Thursday, Jan. 21 to Friday, Feb. 19.

The spring exhibit showcases contemporary art in several media and explores the role that art plays when it comes to protesting societal inequality and political dissatisfaction. The exhibition features pieces in traditional media such as painting, photography and drawing alongside fiber pieces, installation art, murals and mass-produced graphic art, according to a gallery release.

“This insightful, but often provocative work questions society’s approach to race, politics, homelessness, the wars in the Middle East, LGBTQ+ rights and other pressing issues,” said Baum Gallery Director Brian Young.

The exhibition was designed to give a voice to many artists and activists who have not previously exhibited at the Baum Gallery. Artists include: Daniel Arzola (Venezuela), Adaja Cooper (Little Rock), Anaïs Dassé (Little Rock), Hamid Ebrahimifar (Little Rock), Jessie Hornbrook (assistant professor, printmaking, UCA), Kate Kretz (Washington D.C.), Pat Kumicich (Naples, Florida.), James Matthews (Little Rock), Donna Pinckley (professor, photography, UCA), Project 270, Christian Siriano (New York), and Tad Lauritzen Wright (Memphis, Tennessee).

Young organized the exhibition and co-curated “Say Something: Art as Protest” with Suzanne Bennett, curator of visual resources at UCA, with support from Gayle Seymour, professor and associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Face coverings are required to enter the gallery. Social distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions will be enforced. For more information, visit

The Baum Gallery, located in McCastlain Hall on the UCA campus, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.