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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 Exhibition

The Grammar of Ornament

JANUARY 19–MARCH 17, 2018

This exhibition explores the interdisciplinary practices of contemporary artists who sit at the intersection of art and design to consider the ways that ornament can create visual languages.

Featured artists

Shepard Fairey | Ryan McGinness | Mary Judge

Grammar of Ornament

Shepard Fairey | Lotus Target Red | Three-color relief on handmade paper

35 x 25 1/2 inches | Edition 34 of 35 | 2012 | Courtesy the artist and Pace Prints


Shepherd Fairey -

Born in Charleston, SC but now working in Los Angeles, CA, artist Shepard Fairey creates contemporary street art, and has been described by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston as one of the best known and most influential street artists.


Ryan McGuiness -

Trained as a graphic artist, Ryan McGuiness translates work on a variety of mediums, including sculpture, projections, installations and paintings. McGuiness uses and distorts common images - symbols, logos, and contemporary iconography - to create personal expressions through visual language.


Mary Judge -

Mary Judge is an artist known for her complex and reductive works on paper and sculpture in cast concrete and painting in tempera acrylic. Her artistic development has been deeply affected by her frequent travels to Italy, to a summer home, where she built a deep relationship with contemporary Italian art and local artisans of the Umbria region.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Adornment: Beauty in Excess

March 29–May 25, 2018
Opening reception: FRIday, March 30, 5pm

The seven contemporary artists in this exhibition fuse intimate objects, delicate materials and obsessive processes to explore the uncertainty of our physical condition and the vulnerability of the human body. 

Featured artists: Petah Coyne, April Dauscha, Carson Fox, Roberto Mannino, Matt Neff, Piper Shepard and Kayte Terry

The Bleak and the Burgeoning

June 19–October 7, 2018
Opening reception: Monday, June 19, 5pm 

The works in this exhibition, including large-scale installations, are physically curated in ways that reveal both an independent sense of personal geography, as well as a collective experience of fragile terrains.

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. Additionally, she is an Associate Professor at the University of the the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.