Faulkner Re­flects Cul­ture Of Com­mu­nity In New Art Ex­hibit


The Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas has “al­ways had an in­ter­na­tional stu­dent body, but we want to en­sure that we are re­flect­ing ev­ery­one’s cul­tures on our cam­pus,” says Ni­cole Cot­ton, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Faulkner Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. “One way the Faulkner Cen­ter can play a part in that is to dis­play and present art from other cul­tures.”

“Art Ven­tures be­lieves the best way to share cul­ture is to do so au­then­ti­cally, and we are hav­ing a bit of suc­cess in spread­ing the word that we re­ally be­lieve in the con­cept that ‘art is for ev­ery­one,’” adds Sharon Kil­lian, pres­i­dent of the Fayet­teville non­profit gallery’s board.

When the two con­cepts met in the mid­dle, the re­sult was “Arte Con­tem­porá­neo en la Diás­pora,” fea­tur­ing work by eight Lat­inX artists. It’s hang­ing at the Faulkner Cen­ter to com­ple­ment the Nov. 13 per­for­mance by Gina Chavez, a multi-eth­nic Latin pop singer known for her pas­sion­ate col­lect­ing of bilin­gual songs.

“Crys­tal Bridges has been brave in its work to­ward in­clu­sion and takes Art Ven­tures’ grass­roots ef­fort to a much larger scale,” ex­plains Kil­lian. “This pow­er­ful mes­sage of in­clu­sion has got­ten through the morass of the re­cent US cul­tural shame; artists, learn­ers, sci­en­tists, thinkers, crafts­peo­ple are com­ing to the cen­ter of this thing and will prob­a­bly con­tinue to do so un­til North­west Arkansas be­comes a ‘met­ro­pol­i­tan area.’”

“While this is not the first art ex­hibit to be held at the Faulkner Cen­ter, it is our first part­ner­ship with Art Ven­tures,” elab­o­rates Cot­ton. “Art Ven­tures has been do­ing such won­der­ful work for our com­mu­nity and very tal­ented artists. We wanted to have more pres­ence in the art com­mu­nity to let them know about our gor­geous space for art, and since we are at the uni­ver­sity, it’s free for the com­mu­nity to at­tend. There was no ques­tion for me that Art Ven­tures was the place to go for a high level of artis­tic in­tegrity.”

“Art Ven­tures has been a com­mu­nity based part­ner with Ful­bright Col­lege and we are learn­ing to­gether how to make an im­pact. This has helped to make col­lab­o­ra­tions on projects work,” says Kil­lian.

“We hope this is just the start of some­thing fill­ing our lob­bies all year,” Cot­ton adds.

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Work by Martin Mo­rales is among art on show at the Faulkner Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter in Fayet­teville. The ex­hibit, ti­tled “Arte Con­tem­porá­neo en la Diás­pora,” is open through Dec. 10.

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