Arkansas Women to Watch

The Arkansas Women to Watch exhibition opens in Joy Pratt Markham Gallery July 18, 2013, and will be open through August 17, 2013.  


Walton Arts Center is excited to bring this state wide touring exhibition to Northwest Arkansas. This exhibition of inventive textile-based works and will feature the work of five artists selected by curator Caroline S. Brown: Louise M. Halsey of Little Rock; Barbara Cade of Hot Springs; Jennifer Libby Fay formerly of Rogers; Jane Hartfield of Fort Smith; and Deborah Kuster of Conway.

Halsey was chosen by the National Museum of Women in the Arts to show her work in the exhibition High Fiber:  Women to Watch 2012 in Washington D.C. which was on view from November 2, 2012 - January 6, 2013.  Halsey graduated with her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in Vermont in 2007, but began studying weaving in 1971. She has traveled and studied weaving extensively in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Paris and Costa Rica.  


Halsey creates woven tapestries as small commentaries on life. Artist Barbara Cade is showing felted and mixed media works, Jennifer Libby Fay’s “textile paintings” explore the relationship between art, nature and spirituality, Jane Hartfield’s hand-dyed and painted quilts explore color relationships, and Deborah Kuster, of the art faculty at the University of Central Arkansas, creates art quilts whose creation goes beyond the loom.

Women to Watch 2013 is a project of the Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, which is a non-profit volunteer organization established as an affiliate of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), located in Washington, D.C. The National Museum of Women in the Arts brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. The Arkansas State Committee is thrilled to bring talent from the state to the forefront, and the national stage.