The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will present the 2017 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, with juror remarks at 5:30 p.m.
The Rosenzweig exhibition features 30 artists from seven states. Work by two Pine Bluff artists will also be featured — Andrew Estess’ artwork, Finding Myself, and Rashawn Penister’s artwork, Timika II, will be on exhibit at the arts center.
The exhibition began with a gift from the Irene Rosenzweig Foundation in 1992. Rosenzweig died in Pine Bluff in 1997.
“Rosenzweig was born July 26, 1903, in Pine Bluff and graduated first in her class in 1920 from Pine Bluff High School. She received a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and was awarded the Prix De Rome fellowship from the American Academy in Rome,” according to a news release.
This year’s Rosenzweig exhibition was juried by Pine Bluff native MaryRoss Taylor. She serves on the Board of Advisors of the Brooklyn Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and on the Arkansas Committee of National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Artists selected for the exhibition include Arkansas artists Carmen Castorena (Bentonville), Andrew Estess (Pine Bluff), Christopher Hatley (Little Rock), Don House (Fayetteville), Rashawn Penister (Pine Bluff), Tom Richard (Monticello), Sandra Sell (Little Rock), Dominique Simmons (Little Rock), Byron Taylor (Little Rock), Henry Thomas (Sherwood), Elizabeth Weber (Little Rock), Steven Wise (Rogers), and Emily Moll Wood (Little Rock).
Artists selected from surrounding states include Cody Benson (Commerce, Texas), Peter C. Britton (Saint Joseph, Missouri), Paula Campbell (Oak Ridge, Tennessee), Luena Y. Comas (Lawton, Oklahoma), Michael Elliott-Smith (Alexandria, Louisiana), Stephen Evans (Dallas, Texas), Devin Howell (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Gerard Hubar (Dallas, Texas), Heather Ryan Kelley (Lake Charles, Louisiana), Arthur McViccar (Lafayette, Louisiana), Susan R. Michael (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Bill Price (Memphis, Tennessee), Mike Ramsey (Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi), Kristen Tordella-Williams (Jackson, Mississippi), and Liz Zanca (Ruston, Louisiana).
Other Arts & Science Center exhibitions
Current arts center exhibitions include Magnificent Me, a hands-on exhibition about the systems of the human body; RESILIENCE: Works from the Permanent Collection by African American Women featuring nationally acclaimed artists Emma Amos, Vivian Browne, Camille Billops, Margaret Burroughs, Elizabeth Catlett, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Samella Lewis, and Rosalind Jeffries; and the 2017 Pine Bluff Art League Juried Exhibition showcasing original fine art by local artists who are members of the Pine Bluff Art League.
The center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1–4 p.m. Gallery admission is free. Support for the center is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibitions are offered through the center’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.