The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host the 2019 annual Pine Bluff Art League Exhibition beginning Thursday, Aug. 8.

The exhibition opens with a free public reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday and awards will be announced at 5:30 p.m., according to a news release.

“The best in Pine Bluff area artists are recognized each year with the annual Pine Bluff Art League Juried Exhibition,” according to the release.

Juror Ricky Sikes will make remarks and award the Best in Show, first, second, and third place prizes, as well as honorable mention.

The reception is sponsored by Art Krewe and MK Distributors. The exhibition is sponsored by Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co. and will remain on display in the International Paper Gallery through Saturday, Nov. 9.

The artists in this year’s exhibition are Melissa Abernathy, Jimmie L. Burton, Richard Davies, Gerry DeLongchamp, Dell Gorman, Rhonda Fleming Holderfield, Jenny Holley, Crystal Jennings, Glenda Mullikin, Inis Danley Ray, Elizabeth Sadler and Claudia Spainhour. The works include mediums such as photography, acrylic, oil and watercolor.

“Once again, the Pine Bluff Art League artists have submitted beautiful pieces for this wonderful exhibition,” said ASC Curator Lenore Shoults.

Each year, a different independent juror selects the 25 pieces submitted for the show and determines the winners.

Juror Sikes is an artist-in-residence at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he teaches two-dimensional design, drawing and painting. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, specializing in studio art, from Louisiana Tech University’s School of Design in 2018, according to the release.

The Pine Bluff Art League meets 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Details: President Vickie Coleman, or 870-879-3825 or 870-540-9975.

The Arts & Science Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Gallery admission is free. Support for ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission. ASC is a member of the Discovery Network, a statewide program of the Museum of Discovery. Details: