Providing access to art, ideas, stories, culture and creative talent is core to Fayetteville Public Library’s role as a community center. In support of this, rotating art exhibitions are displayed throughout the library. The Fayetteville Public Library Art Committee accepts exhibition proposals year-round.
Nick Hobbs is a visual artist who lives and works in Fayetteville, AR, where he has just completed his MFA in Drawing at the University of Arkansas.
"A personal equation is one that attempts to account for the inevitable role of subjectivity in scientific observations. The term was coined by astronomers in the 18th century who, upon noticing inexplicable differences between their measurements, realized that the accuracy of an observation is influenced as much by the observer as it is by the instrument being used.
With these drawings I explore and embrace my own personal equation, grappling with the hyperspecificity of looking out into the cosmos as a human being trapped on the surface of the Earth. Through quiet scale-shifts and implied comparisons, drawings of widely disparate subjects are interwoven in an alchemic dance of amiliarity and ambiguity."
Local NWA artists, educators, and students created paintings at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for Pintura Fest–a community fiesta inspired by the exhibition Diego Rivera's America.
Acadia Kandora is a printmaker, rock collector and nature enthusiast. She holds a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Arkansas and a BFA with concentrations in Graphic Design and Sculpture from Shepherd University. Her work revolves around her relationship to nature, the natural, landscape, and the intersection between the imaginary and the concrete.
"My work is a combination of prints (in the form of woodblock, screenprint, and lithography), objects, and publications that examine my relationship with nature and the idea of nature as both sanctuary and armor. I use landscape theory, ecofeminist themes, and modes of disruption such as the glitch to share personal narratives and call attention to the importance of preserving local nature. Nature is resilient; within my work, I merge my body with plant life to symbolize rebirth, healing, and to reclaim narratives surrounded by trauma. Each piece holds a small portion of my experiences told in a non-linear fashion and wanders through the strain of personal experience, the ephemeral, and nature’s role in day-to-day life."
Joseph Pauter was born and raised in Chula Vista, California. Throughout his life, he has faced many hardships that have had a profound impact on the way he views the world. Determined to serve his country, Joseph suppressed his emotions and enlisted in the Navy. Through art, Joseph found a path to healing and shares his healing message through his work.
"My goal as an artist is to use my platform to make a di erence in the world. I believe that through art, we can start important conversations and create positive change."
Mixed media wall sculpture using found objects and placed in birch cradles. In Louise Nevelson fashion, we chose to paint it white, as we were coming out of the Covid pandemic and white represents a new beginning. Quoting Louise Nevelson: “white summoned the early morning and emotional promise.”
"We Are the Difference" is a mural made by Farmington Junior High ninth grade art club students. The students were mentored by their art educator Gretchen Wilkes and internationally known mural artist Octavio Logo.
"Voyage of Lost Keys" is a way to imagine a mass migration – a way to think about people who have lost their homes and their place in the world as still being somehow connected to each other.
Fayetteville Public Library welcomes artists and makers to share their craft with the community through the Visiting Artist Program. During their residency, selected artists and makers are featured at the library, host public programs for all ages, have scheduled time for personal projects in library spaces, and receive a stipend.