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.
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.