Exhibit featuring UAPB art student to open Friday

Markeith Woods, Pine Bluff native and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff student artist, will present an exhibit at the John Brown Watson Memorial Library on the campus of UAPB in celebration of Black History Month.

The exhibit will open Friday from 1 to 7 p.m., with an artist’s talk and reception at 4 p.m.

Woods’ exhibit, “Inspirations”, came about as a result of those who have inspired and mentored him and because of the hope he holds for Pine Bluff’s future.

A Watson Chapel High School graduate and winner of a basketball competition, Woods left Pine Bluff to pursue college basketball. However, his height proved prohibitive and he returned to his home.

Woods’ mother encouraged him to draw from the age of 3, however, under the mentoring of Henri Linton, art department chair and instructor at UAPB, Woods said, “Art changed my life.”

Influenced by such artists as Chuck Close, AJ Smith and Kevin Cole, the “Inspirations” exhibit is a combination of ceramic pieces, drawings, and photographs. Woods has recently exhibited at the Hot Springs Fine Arts Center and the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.

Aside from Linton, Woods said that Danny Campbell, UAPB art instructor, has also nurtured his talent and encouraged him to pursue a career in art. After he pursues a master’s degree in art, Woods plans to return to his hometown with the hope of teaching art to Pine Bluff’s next generation.

“Art is so very empowering,” Woods said. “And I feel that I can help influence other young people in Pine Bluff through art.”

The “Inspirations” exhibit at the John Brown Watson Memorial Library will run through March 15. For more information, contact Patrice Fisher at 870-575-8415.