The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas recently hosted its Family Fun Day featuring artist Danny Campell.
Courtney Taylor, curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the center, said more than 65 people attended the event.
She said Jack Robey math teacher, Michael Turley, brought more than 25 students and parents to view Design Zone and take part in the sculpture-making activity with Campbell.
During the event, Campbell led a found-object sculpture activity in which visitors of all ages were given the opportunity to make their own sculptures.
The center’s Family Fun Day event was held in conjunction with the opening of Campbell’s new exhibit, “Reclaimed Repurposed Redefined.” Campbell’s found-object sculpture is formed from automobile remnants, predominantly tire treads, collected roadside. He breaks down the treads fastening down remnants while leaving other fragments gnarled, swirling about the core of his sculpture. Unkempt, twisted steel wires burst from treads retaining a sense of explosiveness. The resulting form evokes a sense of movement, dynamism, but also fragility.
Campbell’s addition of color with transitioning vibrant hues further underscores the sense of movement in the sculpture. The exhibition features roughly 25 works, including several of Campbell’s 6-foot outdoor sculptures.
Gallery admission is free and the exhibition will remain on display through Jan. 2, 2014.
This month’s Family Fun Day was sponsored by the Pine Bluff Community Foundation. The center’s next Family Fun Day is scheduled for November 9.
About the artist
Danny Campbell holds a master’s degree in education leadership from Charleston Southern University. He received his master of fine arts from Howard University and his bachelor of science in art education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He currently serves as assistant professor of art at UAPB.
The center, located at 701 Main St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and is closed on Sunday. Support for the Center is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibits are offered through the center’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of seven museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.