Seventeen drawings by award-winning artist Robert Pruitt are on display through Oct. 13 in the Windgate Art and Design gallery, 535 N. Waldron Road on the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith campus. A reception for the exhibit, titled “Aethiopia Awakening,” is slated for 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the venue. Reception admission is free.

The drawings, which are a selection of Pruitt’s work from the last two years of studio practice, feature portraits that explore ideas of futurism, escape, divinity and race, according to an artist statement.

“I blend together references to traditional cultures, history, technology and a host of other notions to create images that for me express a sense of majesty and timelessness,” Pruitt said in the statement. “Through these drawings, I am attempting to shape a network of identities that have considered the spectrum of humanity within a framework of blackness as opposed to a Eurocentric worldview.”

Contact Don Lee, UAFS associate professor of art, at 788-7542 or for information.