Although the 30th annual Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts is sold out, the silent auction is available online, according to a press release. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
The gala benefits visual and performing arts programs and the museums at UAPB.
Silent auction bids will be open online until 5:55 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, featuring works of artists Kevin Cole, James Hayes, and Gail Miller. Details: Hearne Southern Auction House, hearnesouthernauction.com or 501-349-6797.
Cole’s artwork is well known for including imagery of neckties as symbols of power and emphasizing the relationship between color and music, particularly jazz, blues, hip-hop, and gospel. He also incorporates patterns and textures from traditional African cloths to speak to human conditions.
Hayes was born at Pine Bluff and is the owner and operator of the James Hayes Art Glass Co. Hayes has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. He has been honored with invitations from the White House to design a Christmas tree ornament and featured on High Profile in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in addition to KTHV Channel 11’s Everyone has a Story.
Miller has been making pottery for more than 30 years in her hometown of Dumas. Miller has several assistants and artisans making pottery, and shaping and designing molds to keep inventory on the shelves. Her works can be found almost in every town in the state. She has garnered many awards, recognition, and honors for her work. In 2014, Miller received the Henry Award for being the Boot Strap Business of the year.