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Print media exhibition visits campus

Georges Rouault
Thomas Richard
Contributing Writer 

   Printmaking from the French Avant-Garde, a traveling exhibition from the Arkansas Arts center in Little Rock, will be on exhibition through April 27 in the Spencer Gallery of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.   

   A reception will be held Sunday, April 24 from 2 to 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Immediately following the reception at 3 p.m. the SEARK-sponsored performance of the Pine Bluff Symphony will be held in the auditorium of the Fine Arts Center.

   While the Arkansas Arts Center is best known for its drawing collection, it has also built an impressive collection of prints including many fine examples from French artists of the 19th- and 20th-centuries.  

   The term “Avant-Garde” refers to the reactionary manner taken by a group of forward-thinking artists as they attempted to forge new styles. Through excellent images by Leger, Braque, Picasso and others who worked in France, viewers will see a progressive transformation of images as the woks approach the modernity of the 21st century.  

   This exhibition allows the viewer to explore the vast range of print media. From the traditional subject matter and techniques in the etchings of Alphonse Legros, to Georges Rouault's experimentation with color aquatints this selection of work examines artists’ desire to explore different approaches.  

   Ellen Plummer, executive director of the Arkansas Arts Center, has stated “the Arkansas Arts Center and its programs, both at the Center’s location in MacArthur Park in Little Rock as well as through it outreach programs, are for the benefit of all Arkansans.”  The Center’s State Services Department has been fulfilling that mission since 1962 by making arts programs, including this exhibition, available for touring throughout Arkansas and beyond.  

   Sponsored locally by the University of Arkansas at Monticello, this is one of 15 traveling exhibitions available through the Arts Centeršs State Services department. The exhibitions are organized by the Arts Center’s curatorial staff from the permanent collection or artist loan.  

   State Services touring programs are funded, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art. Program support for this touring exhibition is provided thought the Wal-Mart Foundation; Horace C. Cabe Foundation; Stella Boyle Smith Trust; The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston; The Philip R. Jonsson Foundation; Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation; and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

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