UAPB art professor to present ‘Made in America’ exhibit


Prominent artist and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff art professor Danny Campbell will be presenting an exhibition entitled, “Made in America” at the Leedell Moorehead-Graham Fine Arts Gallery in the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center.

An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 29. The event is free and open to the public.

Running to the end of January, the exhibit will feature drawings, collages, and mixed media works made from rubber tire fragments, plastic bumper parts, engine grille sections, broken taillights and other roadside garbage. Campbell is an artist who uses recycled materials arranged in an expressive composition to create beautiful works of art mimicking the appropriation of nature and the material characteristic of the ready-made art movement.

Campbell finds it exciting and very rewarding to travel the nation’s highways and byways just to find the right piece to complete a sculpture. “The work has to just feel right and blend together like a jigsaw puzzle,” Campbell said. “A puzzle is not finished until the last piece is put in place”.

Atlanta art collector, Jea Delsarte, said, “Danny Campbell is an incredible artist whose talents are buoyed by his passion, generosity and spirit. His sculptures and creations are vessels that speak to the spiritual essence and frailties of life. He teaches us that found objects like rubber, plastic, wood, wire and other objects can be refreshing. He takes us on a journey that renews the spirit at every glimpse and speaks joy to our soul”.

Having exhibited locally, nationally and in the Southeast, his works can be found in collector’s homes across the U.S. and in permanent collections such as The Hammonds House Museum of African American Art, Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library, Paine College, Howard University Museum, Tri-Cities Performing Arts Center, and the UAMS Cancer Institute, to name a few.

A 1992 UAPB graduate, Campbell obtained a master of fine arts degree from Howard University in 1994 and a master of arts in education from Charleston Southern University in 2006. He has taught at Howard University, Atlanta Metropolitan College and Tri-Cities High School for Visual and Performing Arts and has taught art, completed murals, lectured and conducted workshops over the past 20 years. He is married to Staphea Campbell and they have two children.

For more information, call 870-575-8236.