The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., announces upcoming events beginning in January.


ASC will host photographer Ian Campbell, an assistant professor of art at Lyon College, for Second Saturday Family FunDay on Jan. 11, 2020.

“Visitors will harness the power of the sun to make cameraless photographs with the lumen printing process,” according to a news release. “Using plants and other found materials, each participant will have the opportunity to make 1-2 prints. The results are unique and variable, with a range of possible colors that may appear in the final image. This is a fun, user-friendly introduction to analog photography.”

His exhibition, “Refugia: Photos by Ian Campbell” is on display at ASC through Feb. 1, according to the release.

ASC’s Second Saturday Family FunDay program offers monthly hands-on arts, science and theatre activities led by visiting artists, art educators and ASC staff. Everyone is invited to paryticipate in the program sponsored by the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate office of the Arkansas Community Foundation Inc.

CrEATe LAB — 2-4 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 18-Saturday, March 21 (no class March 14)

ASC’s new program CrEATe Lab will help Jefferson County families turn knowledge of dietary choices into meals. This nutrition-based, hands-on cooking series launches with a seven-week series for area children 10-17 years old.

The classes will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturdays: Jan. 18 and 25; Feb. 1, 15, and 22; and March 7 and 21. The Jan. 18 class includes a mandatory student and parent orientation.

Faith Anaya and the staff of her cooking school Kids Cook! will provide their food expertise. The cost is $35 for the series. Half scholarships are available with submission of application. The maximum is two students per family, according to the release.

The program is made possible by grants from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas and the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation.

For details or to register, visit or contact ASC Public Programs Coordinator Shakeelah Rahmaan at 870-536-3375 or

“WHIMSY & FLIGHTS OF FANCY” EXHIBITION — Tuesday, Jan. 28-Saturday, April 25. Opening reception: Thursday, Feb. 6, 5-7 p.m.

ASC’s exhibition “Whimsy and Flights of Fancy” opens Tuesday, Jan. 28, and the public is invited to a free opening reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

“This exhibition is inspired by selections from the Arkansas Arts Center’s ‘Playing Around: Toys Designed by Artists’ collection. These sculptures will be paired with paintings by Eric Freeman, Katherine Strause and Sherry J. Williamson of Little Rock. This exhibition will run through Saturday, April 25, 2020, and is sponsored by Relyance Bank,” according to the release.

“REUNION” EXHIBITION — Tuesday, Feb. 6–Saturday, April 18. Opening reception: Thursday, Feb. 6, 5-7 p.m.

To mark the 30th anniversary of ASC’s exhibition “New Faces/New Directions: Emerging Pine Bluff Artists,” the center will present “Reunion.”

“The 1990 exhibition showcased then up-and-coming artists Catherine Burns, Scinthya Edwards, Eric Freeman and James Hayes,” according to the release. “In celebration, ASC will again have works of these artists within its four walls with an exhibition of recent works by Burns and Edwards.”

Freeman’s three works will be in the adjacent ‘Whimsy & Flights of Fancy’ exhibition. Owner of Eric Freeman Gallery in downtown Little Rock, Freeman’s honors include Best in Show in the 2005 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition at ASC and being a featured artist in the AAC’s Delta Exhibition in 2000.

Hayes is an internationally known glass artist and owner of James Hayes Art Glass Company in Pine Bluff. Hayes’ blown-glass sculpture ‘Celebration Chandelier’ has been in ASC’s atrium since fall 2018. His work has been exhibited across the United States and as far as Hong Kong, according to a news release. Hayes’ pieces are available to the public at sites in several states. His chandeliers are on permanent display in homes, public buildings and campuses such as the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas at Hope.

Burns’ recent items include photo and mixed-media collages. Her honors include being selected for the Arkansas Arts Center’s 59th Annual Delta Exhibition in 2017.

Edwards is known for her large-scale, mixed-media collages. Her diptych collage “Birds of a Feather …” won a Delta Award at AAC’s 61st Annual Delta Exhibition in 2019.

A public opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, for both“Reunion” and “Whimsy & Flights of Fancy.” “Reunion” will be on display from Thursday, Feb. 6, to Saturday, April 18.