RAM announces winner of mural contest
The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is proud to announce Katelynn Noel Knick as the winner of its 2020 Mural Contest. Knick is an Oklahoma City-based artist working within a diverse array of media. Painting, sculpture and installations are her primary media, all conveying her unique approach and expression. Since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2015, she has exhibited at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, AHHA Tulsa and MAINSITE Contemporary Art. A prolific artist and businesswoman, she has been involved in organizations and varying events around Oklahoma City such as co-founding the emerging artist collective group, Art Group OKC in 2017. She has also organized various pop-up exhibitions around Oklahoma. Knick currently works as a free-lance artist with the hope of larger collaborations with various communities.
Foundationally inspired by the natural world, she creates abstract shapes and forms that lyrically convey the world around her. Whether vibrant hues or ethereal pastels, her installations and murals often convey their current surroundings visually expressed in an imaginative way.
Inspired by imagination and the whimsical, her work creates a secondary world for the visitor to experience. Perhaps a better description of her work would condense into one word: joyful. Playful shape and line, although not always creating an obvious subject, allows the viewer’s eye to dance alongside Knick’s particular vision. Because of her unique expression and approach, RAM is happy to exhibit her mural as it reflects the unique beauty Arkansas has to offer through the eyes of the artist.
Although all of Knick’s work is intriguing, a mural offers something she desires to explore — working on larger scale projects. Because of the transportive nature in her work, it makes sense as to why she would pursue larger scale projects like installations and murals. They provide a unique opportunity to surround and interact with the viewer, transporting them to the whimsical world Knick has constructed. Not only is she wanting to work on murals, but she is very excited to work within another region and for an institution. “RAM’s mural project gives me the opportunity to build my portfolio and expand into a more regional setting,” said Knick. Being an Oklahoma based artist, she is very excited to work in Arkansas, a state very supportive of emerging artists.
Knick has numerous projects coming up, including an inflatable, installation-based exhibition at the Oklahoma Contemporary Museum in Oklahoma City. Some of her current work can be accessed by the public including an installation in Enid, Okla., and her mural painting located at Factory Obscura in Oklahoma City. RAM is excited to welcome her and is proud to unveil the final mural to our community and region. Knick’s work can be found through her website, KatelynnKnick.com.
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Art This Week
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
1601 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith
Gallery admission is always free
• Dr. W.E. Knight Porcelain Gallery: Reopening Dec. 1.
• “Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic”: On view through Dec. 27; this exhibit is organized by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibits and made possible through a grant from the Anna Cohn Community Fund.
• “Suzannah Schreckhise: Attention to Tension”: On view through Jan. 31.
• RAM Annual Invitational: Jan. 8 to May 16.
· CALL FOR WORKS! “Creative Forces: Honoring Heroes“: Former and current service men and women in the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas are encouraged to submit their artwork; free to enter; submissions due April 2. Visit RAM’s website for details
• RAM Saturday: Available on RAM’s YouTube Channel, registration required.
• RAM Homeschool: Registration required. “Music as an Art Prompt” for ages 6-11; “Studio Art” for ages 12-18.
• Curator Corner: Monthly curatorial interview by assistant curator Samantha Rhodes about a different piece in RAM’s permanent collection.
• COLOR for Creatives: Zoom class, every Thursday at 6 p.m. through May 18, registration required.
• Lecture Live!: Online lectures every other Thursday at 7 p.m., registration required.
• 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
• Temporarily closed.
Center for Art & Education
104 North 13th Street, Van Buren
Gallery admission is always free
• Lin Chen: On view through Dec. 11.
• Jody Travis Thompson: On view through Dec. 11.
• "Excavated Collage with Peter Cullum“: Workshop; Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to noon; registration required.
• “Fabric Art with Teresa Schlabach and Michael Rowland”: Workshop; Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; registration required.
• Visit CAE’s website to see virtual tours, artist demonstrations, community events and projects created in the “At Home Summer Art Camp” album.