CAE: Adult art competition

Amy Scoggins, Center
Art and Education
Previous first place winner by artist Jessie Medeiros

Amazingly, we have already charged through half our year. Who among us could have possibly imagined the radical changes that have unfolded in these last few months?

Today we have much to digest and wrestle with as we attempt to process all that is occurring. In the space of that struggle there is a very important role that artists have always risen to bear. We rely on the artists among us to document our world in images, words and movements in a way that we will not easily forget. Data will continue to be compiled, reports run and debates broadcast, but our artists are equally crucial as they are generating the interpretations of the heart and spirit of this moment in time. We need these artists to help us find the humanity that can often seem hidden in the daily struggle. We need our artists to help us retain the lessons that we have learned with lasting images and performances that burn into our memories. We need our artists and our artists need support.

As part of our mission to support and empower our local artists the Center for Art and Education in Van Buren will be hosting the 41st Annual Adult Art Competition in September. This show is an amazing opportunity for a wide array of talented artists to exhibit together and compete for the cash awards that total $1,700 as well as additional honors of private exhibitions and potential sales of artwork. You will not want to miss the chance to engage with the art community at such a pivotal time. L. Eric Smith, an esteemed painter, photographer and printmaker of northwest Arkansas, will judge the work for the awards ceremony. The Adult Art Competition Guidelines can be found online at art-ed.org or by calling (479) 474-7767. Artwork will be accepted Aug. 27-28, with an opening reception and awards ceremony on Sept. 13 from 1-4 p.m.

We are so excited to see and share what the local art community has been creating!

This column is produced by the River Valley Arts Coalition, whose mission is to inform citizens and visitors of the available fine art exhibition and education opportunities in Fort Smith and surrounding region. We also want to tell the stories of the people who make the local art scene such a vibrant and important part of our community. To send comments or for more information on the River Valley Arts Coalition contact lmeluso@fsram.org.

Art This Week

Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

1601 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith

(479) 784-2787

fsram.org

• On view through Oct. 11: “A Family Affair: Three Artists, Three Visions, One Family” featuring works by Dede Hutcheson and her daughters, Karen Hutcheson and Robin Horn; visit website for a video tour.

• On view through Aug. 30: “Tim Ernst: Arkansas Wilderness” featuring work by Arkansas photographer Tim Ernst.

• On view Sept. 4 - Dec. 27: “Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic.” This exhibit is organized by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibits and made possible through a grant from the Anna Cohn Community Fund.

• Youth Programs: Toddler Tuesday and RAM Saturday projects posted to RAM’s YouTube Channel “Create at Fort Smith Regional Art Museum.”

• RAM Online Art Camp: Through July 30. Register at fsram.org/education.

• Yoga with RAM: Weekly video posted Sundays.

• “Curator Corner”: Monthly curatorial interview by assistant curator Samantha Rhodes about a different piece in RAM’s permanent collection.

• Lecture Live Thursdays: Monthly online lectures.

• Visit RAM’s website to see video tours and listen to podcast interviews by various artists.

Windgate Art & Design at UAFS

5210 Kinkead Ave., Fort Smith

(479) 788-7290

• Temporarily closed.

Center for Art & Education

104 N. 13th St., Van Buren

(479) 474-7767

art-ed.org

• “Winston Taylor, Jason Davis and Stephen Holmes”: Runs through July 24.

• "Photographic Alliance of Fort Smith“: Runs through July 24.

• At-Home Summer Art Camp: Runs July 27-31; register at CAE website.

• Summer Art Camp: July 27-31 at Hackett School Cafeteria; register at CAE website.

• Lions Club International PEACE Poster Contest: Artwork will be accepted Oct. 1-15; visit CAE website for contest rules.

• 41st Annual Adult Art Competition: Sept. 13-25; call for entries; visit CAE website for entry fee, rules, entry form and delivery date information.

• Visit CAE’s website to see virtual tours, artist demonstrations and community events.

Previous second place winner.