Adornment: Beauty in Excess Exhibition Opens at Walton Arts Center’s Joy Pratt Markham Gallery

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, March 20, 2018Walton Arts Center is proud to host the visual arts exhibition, Adornment: Beauty in Excess, in the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery March 30 through May 25.

Curated by Cynthia Nourse Thompson, the exhibitionexplores the uncertainty of our physical condition and the vulnerability of the human body featuring the work of April Dauscha, Carson Fox, Roberto Mannino, Matt Neft, Piper Shepard and Kayte Terry.

A reception celebrating the opening of Adornment: Beauty in Excess will take place 5-7 pm on Friday, March 30 in the gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Joy Pratt Markham Gallery presents exhibitions of works by both emerging and internationally recognized artists. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon until 2 pm and one hour prior to most performances. 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.

Description of exhibition:

The six contemporary artists in this exhibition fuse corporeal and symbolic images of beauty in a union of the tangible, the visceral and the sensual. Many works explore the uncertainty of our physical condition and the vulnerability of the human body. Intimate objects, delicate materials and obsessive processes on display will tantalize viewers with their exquisite fabrication and physical presence of materials. Although these arresting works bespeak pain, memory, loss and connection, they also unveil a quiet state of solace reminding us of the fragility of our own existence.

Image above is The Poetess by Carson Fox, manipulated archival pigment print, 2018.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit