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Elevate at Bentonville

Showing at 21c Bentonville On display from October 2020 - April 2021
  • Joëlle Storet "HOME: Shopping at Rewe", 2018 Digital print on canvas

  • John L Newman "Family Member", 1993 Lithography print on paper

  • Justin Tyler Bryant "That Survival Apparatus", 2020 Mixed media installation

About the Exhibition
Elevate at 21c presents temporary exhibitions of works by artists living and working in the communities surrounding each 21c Museum Hotel property. Elevate provides hotel guests with unique access to the work of notable regional artists while featuring their work in the context of 21c’s contemporary art space. To view these works, please stop by the front desk to arrange access to the vitrines on guest room floors.

John L Newman


Family Member, 1993

Lithography print on paper

Father and Son, date unknown

Intaglio print and drawing on paper  


John L Newman is best known for his vivid depictions of social commentary using large- and small- scale paintings, prints, and figure-drawing. Born on February 11, 1948, John was raised and lived in the small farming community of Rohwer, Arkansas, located in the Arkansas Delta, until the age of five when he and his family moved to Kansas City, Kansas. As a teen, John attended Kansas City Kansas Public Schools where he excelled in art. After finishing high-school, John received a scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, majoring in illustration.

Drafted into the army in 1970, John worked as a military policeman until being honorably discharged. He then went out to work for Hallmark Cards for three years before deciding to return to school for a teaching degree. John received his teaching certification and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1975. He then went out to teach junior and senior high school before returning to the University of Kansas and receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982.

John was a tenured, Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas where he began working in 1990. John has received numerous regional, state, and national awards in art and his works have been exhibited in over 150 shows.

Joëlle Storet


HOME: Shopping at Rewe, 2018

Digital print on canvas

Indigo Moon, 2020

Acrylic on canvas


Digital print on canvas


Belgian-born artist Joëlle Storet moved to the United States via Austria in 2001. She took inspiration from a young age from Belgian comic illustrations and her mother Diasuka Storet designing clothes and drawing for her. She has since transmitted her Afro-European style and thematic expositions to the thriving artist community-based in Northwest Arkansas. Storet graduated from the University of Arkansas with a background in Cultural Anthropology, Semiotics, Linguistics, and Art History. Her bold palette and multifarious interests have allowed her to communicate her history and community engagement through paintings, graphic design, clothing brands, murals, and a whole host of other mediums. The emblematic connection/divergence between her African roots and her African-American experiences is the thoroughfare on which she is currently exploring. She now considers Arkansas her home and has been happily living in NWA ever since. 

Justin Tyler Bryant


That Survival Apparatus, 2020

Mixed media installation


Born in Stuttgart AR., Justin Bryant received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2012 and his MFA in Studio Art from Louisiana State University in 2018 and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (’17). Justin’s recent work investigates the past and present imagery of African-Americans to reflect a multi-contextual narrative of poetry, personal narrative, and history. In his work, he uses found objects, painting, drawing, and video to suggest a fugitive notion of blackness. Justin is currently a full-time instructor at University of Arkansas Pulaski Tech and is a 2019 Interchange Artist Fellow for the Mid America Arts Alliance. 



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