Artworks by Daniel Adams will be on display at Arkansas State University-Beebe in the England Center Art Gallery now through Friday, Oct.18.
The exhibit Global Observer is printmaking and woodcut artworks that are based on the artist’s extensive travel and observation of the world. Adams was inspired by the different cultures of North America, Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore, which are represented in the prints. All pieces are original woodcut prints, with the exception of seven pen and ink drawings from his time in South East Asia.
Adams is a professor in the Department of Art and Design at Harding University, where he has taught since 1991. He teaches printmaking, graphic design, art history and visual arts. Adams uses printmaking, and woodcut, in particular, as a natural way of expression. “I am particularly fascinated with the way architecture speaks of human presence even with the absence of human figures in the works,” said Adams. Furthermore, Adams explained that there is a dialog between the artist and the medium … with an ongoing give and take for each to survive and flourish.
The ASU-Beebe Art Department is located in the England Center, where basic art classes are taught in design, drawing, painting, and ceramics. The graphics design coursework focuses on practical foundations in graphic illustration, photography and color theory. Several studio classrooms are equipped with lighting and specially-suited equipment, as well as a covered outdoor patio for students in ceramics to explore alternative firing techniques.
ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in the state of Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis in graphic design or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
The England Center Art Gallery displays art pieces on modular walls, which are more versatile for exhibitions. The gallery sponsors four to five exhibits each year, featuring various art professionals. This past summer, former students Mary Shelton and Cynthia Delahunt displayed their artworks, and recently the gallery had the first alumni exhibit.
The current exhibit Global Observer may be viewed at the England Center Art Gallery, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The gallery is located at the corner of Center and Orange Streets in Beebe. For more information, call (501) 882-4495.