The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will open an exhibition of Danny Campbell’s sculpture entitled, “Reclaimed Repurposed Redefined” on Thursday. A free opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with a gallery talk by the artist at 5:30.
On Saturday, ASC will host Family Fun Day, where Campbell will lead a found object sculpture activity in which visitors of all ages can make their own sculpture. This Family Fun Day is free to everyone and sponsored by the Pine Bluff Community Foundation.
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 will feature roughly 25 works, including several of Campbell’s 6-foot outdoor sculptures.
“Art Cards,” the center’s in-exhibition art education, will accompany the exhibition alongside a gallery guide. Teachers, scout leaders, families, and art lovers are encouraged to stop in and view the “Art Cards”.
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 exhibition and art education is generously sponsored by Simmons First National Bank. Gallery admission is free and the exhibition will remain on display through Jan. 2, 2014.
The center 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.