New exhibit to open at A&S Center Jan. 16


“Mud Pies and Other Stories”, an exhibition of mixed-media, two-dimensional and installation pieces by Megan Sue Collins, will open at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas on Jan. 16. A free opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with a gallery talk by the artist at 5:30 p.m.

The reception will also include gallery talks by artists selected for the Arkansas Arts Council’s “Small Works on Paper” exhibition, also on display at the Arts & Science Center.

Collins’ work humorously reflects on her uniquely southern experiences. The playfulness of Collins’ titles and the bright, cheerful fabrics that form the basis of her work belie heavier commentary on the Delta culture in which she was raised. Collins’ work evolved from the sewing skills passed down from her mother and grandmothers. Memories and textiles combine to inspire her work, comprised of chiefly fabric, as it grapples with issues of family, food, class, religion, and other southern mores.

The exhibit will remain on display through April 25.

Born at Paragould, Collins received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Arkansas State University where she focused on drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. She completed her master of fine arts in visual art at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. She currently lives and works in St. Louis creating art that deals with issues of gender, religion, race, and class in Southern culture.

The Arts & Science Center, located at 701 S. Main St., is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., and closed on Sunday and Monday. Gallery admission is free.

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 exhibitions are offered through ASC’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. For additional information call 870-536-3375 or e-mail info@artssciencecenter.org. For invitations and information, visit www.ArtsScienceCenter.org and sign up for the free e-mail list.