Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Joy Pratt Markham Gallery

The Joy Pratt Markham Gallery presents exhibitions of works by both emerging and internationally recognized artists.  You're invited to explore new perspectives on nature, identity and community.

Joy Pratt Markham Gallery Hours:

Monday-FRIDAY | Noon to 2pm
One hour prior to most performances
Gallery admission is free

Private gallery tours may be scheduled in advance by calling 479.571.2766. Please arrange your tour at your earliest convenience. We request three business days’ notice to schedule tour guides.

Current Exhibitions

Of Legends and Lore

Exhibition dates: OCTOBER 23, 2018-January 12, 2019
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 23, 5pm

Of Legends and Lore is an exploration of familiar folklore, traditional stories, and myths. The works in this exhibition serve as interpretations, examinations and versions of these tales— implying salvation and ruin; death and rebirth; fear and desire; prudence and intuition. The contemporary artists presented in this exhibition contemplate and examine the psychological, ethical and social implications embodied in storytelling through the lens of feminism, mythology, social history and literature. Moreover, reinventions of these narratives subvert ethical norms and behavior, exemplifying the tangible complications and difficulties of our world that is constantly in flux.

Click here to view the exhibition catalog.

Scroll down to see a Virtual Tour of the exhibition!

Featured artists: Julie Buffalohead, Amy Cutler, Anne Siems, Kiki Smith, Beth Cavener Stichter and Jonathan Thomas

 

TOPO Map for School Avenue

On display throughout 2018 and beyond

This is a temporary public art installation made of thermoplastic by artist Stacy Levy. City of Fayetteville and Walton Arts Center commissioned the artwork with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Its form is a life-scale topographic map of the terrain between Dickson and Mountain Streets and a visual reminder of the issues of water in Fayetteville’s hilly landscape.

Click here to check out a video that explains how the installation was created and the inspiration behind it!

Click here to learn even more about TOPO Map.

Upcoming Exhibitions

On Paper: Collaborations in Print and Pulp from Wildwood Press

Exhibition dates: January 26 – May 4, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 5pm

Wildwood Press was founded in 1996 by Maryanne Ellison Simmons, publisher and Master Printer. Known for custom papermaking and dedication to experimentation in print and paper, Wildwood Press strives to redefine what a print can be. The role of the printer/publisher of contemporary prints is to facilitate the possible. The role of the contemporary artist is to reveal something unknown or something in a manner that is unfamiliar. The collaborative process works best when both the artist and the printer teach each other something new with every project—a principle embraced at Wildwood Press. On Paper presents a variety of large scale prints created through diverse print media processes by Wildwood Press.

Featured artists: Linda Schwarz, Christine Corday, David Shapiro, Valerie Hammond, Michele Oka Doner, Juan Sanchez, Xiaoze Xie, Gary Paller

  • Learn more about Linda Schwarz here and here
  • Learn more about Christine Corday here and here
  • Learn more about David Shapiro here and  here
  • Learn more about Valerie Hammond here and here
  • Learn more about Michele Oka Doner here and here
  • Learn more about Juan Sanchez here and here
  • Learn more about Xiaoze Xie here and here
  • Learn more about Gary Paller here and here

Cynthia Nourse Thompson: Curator and Consulting Director of Visual Arts 

Cynthia Nourse Thompson serves as the Curator and Consulting Director of Visual Arts at the Walton Arts Center. In addition to this role, Thompson is the Director of the graduate programs in Book Arts + Printmaking and Studio Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Thompson previously served as the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR. 

Thompson