Works by art school students on display at historic Cane Hill with Smithsonian ‘Habitat’ exhibition

Kieran Tverbakk

Courtesy of artist Kieran Tverbakk

Eleven site-specific public art projects created by students of the School of Art are now on display until November 26 at Historic Cane Hill, a current host of the Smithsonian Institute’s Habitat exposure.

Habitat hosts more than a dozen exhibit areas along a network of forest trails in the historic community of Cane Hill. The outdoor exhibit explores the central idea of ​​”protecting habitats protects life” through the prism of the environment where each exhibit is presented. Habitat was developed by Smithsonian Gardens and made available by the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibit Service.

Building Methods, Advanced Sculpting and SculX Studio Course students collaborated with Historic Cane Hill to create works for specific spaces featured alongside Habitat.

A reception celebrating undergraduate and graduate student artists will be held from 5-7 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 11. Historic Cane Hill is about 20 miles southwest of Fayetteville and 10 miles from the Oklahoma border. The welcome and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

“Historic Cane Hill has provided students with a tremendous outlet to create site-appropriate public art projects that can be revisited during the six-month exhibition period in tandem with the Smithsonian Institution. Habitat exhibition,” said Bethany Springer, associate professor of sculpture and experimental media. “As the students factored time into their decision-making process, selecting temporary or permanent materials, surface treatments, and a design that encourages collaborations with nature, visitors can expect to see change over the years. seasons. We are grateful for the enthusiastic collaboration of Historic Cane Hill and for the opportunity to present the work of the art school’s students in such a meaningful place.”

Students working together and in teams were encouraged to design and build projects in response to the context in which their work would be displayed. As part of their research, students studied ecology, etymology, environmental factors, microhabitats, habitat change and protection, archaeological studies, animal architecture, domestic work, Aboriginal stories, land claims and ownership.

Exhibiting student artists include Marietta Camillieri, Reilly Dickens-Hoffman, David Gonzalez, Jodie Goss, Piper Hart, Abigail Henthorne, Catherine Hudgens, Melissa Loney, Ashley Robbins, Rainie Shelby and Kieran Tverbakk.

Support for these projects has been generously provided by the School of Art at Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with Historic Cane Hill, Inc. For more information, please contact Bethany Springer at (917) 698-6031 or [email protected] uark. edu, or visit the Historic Cane Hill website.

Kayleen C. Rice