Faculty members in the University of the Ozarks' art program have been active this semester in the regional art community.
Dawn Holder, assistant professor of art, was chosen earlier this month to receive an Individual Artist Fellowship Award by the Arkansas Arts Council. Also, Professor of Art Tammy Harrington and her husband Neal Harrington, who is an adjunct instructor in the program, are volunteering at the third annual Fountain Fest on Oct. 22 at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock.
Holder, who has taught at Ozarks since 2011, was one of seven artists honored by the Arkansas Arts Council. She received her honor in the category of "Visual Arts: Sculpture/Installation Art." The artists will be recognized at ArtLinks 2015, the statewide conference for the arts, on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville.
Awarded annually, the fellowships recognize individual artistic ability and creative excellence in literary, performing and visual arts. These $4,000 fellowships enable artists to set aside time for creating their art and improving their skills. Three artistic disciplines are selected each year as categories for the awards.
Fountain Fest is a fundraiser for the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock to expand its permanent collection. The Harringtons, who appeared on KATV, Channel 7’s Good Morning Arkansas show on Monday to promote the event, will be relief printing and selling artist t-shirts at the event. The winning temporary fountain installation will be unveiled at this event. More info can be found at http://www.arkarts.com/fountain-fest.
Tammy Harrington, who has taught at Ozarks since 2002, also co-hosted the annual retreat for the Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Russellville in September. Harrington has been a member of the state NMWA board since April. The nonprofit volunteer organization supports and promotes the contributions women artists have made in the state and their impact on society.