The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, presents the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition, on view June 27 through Sept. 28 in the Townsend Wolfe Gallery.
Jason Sacran of Magazine will be featured in the exhibition. Sacran recently lectured art classes in Magazine and also addressed the artist assemblage at the Booneville Senior Center prior to relocating to the area about seven months ago.
"This highly anticipated exhibition brings an excitement to the Arkansas Arts Center each year and allows us to celebrate the works of fellow Arkansans as well as our neighboring artists from the Delta," said Arkansas Arts Center executive director Todd Herman. "Guests will have an opportunity to see how the works in the exhibition incite a true sense of pride and regional identity."
Sacran spent almost three years as the curator for the Fort Smith Art Center and he is also a part time instructor at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. Also the Arkansas state ambassador for the Portrait Society of America, Sacran also does several teaching workshops and demonstrations.
Sacran has had artwork on display at several galleries across the country, including the Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara Calif.; Cherry’s Gallery in Carthage, Mo.; Stonehenge Gallery in Montgomery, Ala.; The Gallery at Laws in Knoxville, Tenn.; and Linda Palmer Gallery in Hot Springs.
The Delta Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture was founded in 1956 to feature contemporary work by artists from Arkansas and bordering states. Today, the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition has grown to encompass works in all media and is a showcase for the dynamic vision of the artists of the Mississippi Delta region.
Brian Rutenberg will serve as juror for the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition. Born and raised in the low country of coastal South Carolina, Rutenberg is an artist now living and working in New York City. Rutenberg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston and Master of Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Rutenberg will select the artworks to be exhibited and will assign the $2,500 Grand Award and two $750 Delta Awards. Additionally, a $250 Contemporaries Delta Award will be selected by the Contemporaries, an auxiliary membership group of the Arkansas Arts Center.
The exhibition is sponsored by Warren and Harriet Stephens, Stephens Inc., Noble Strategies, Fleming Electric and The Bailey Foundation. The exhibition is supported by the Andre Simon Memorial Trust in memory of everyone who has died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
An opening night lecture will be given by 56th Annual Delta exhibition guest juror, Brian Rutenberg, at 6 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. Tickets are required to attend the lecture and are free for Arkansas Arts Center members. Non-members may purchase a ticket for $15, which includes access to the lecture, exhibition and reception.
For more information, visit arkansasartscenter.org or call (501) 372-4000.