The Arkansas State University–Beebe Art Department is currently featuring the artworks of Rick VanHook in an exhibit to be on display through March 28 in the England Center Art Gallery.
VanHook, a lifelong resident of Searcy, is a modern abstract artist who uses shapes and vibrant colors in his art. He paints with acrylics using tools such as brushes and water hoses. Growing up he used mostly ink and paper, always with a dream of being an artist. After 25 years of working in the family business, Van-Atkins of Searcy, and another 15 years in sales with Lake Ice, in June of 2015 his dream finally came true. For more information about VanHook’s artwork, view the website at www.vanhookART.com.
ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in central Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis in vocal music or instrumental music, theater, 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 exhibits works of art by students and featured artists throughout the academic year. The gallery, located at the 201 N Orange Street in Beebe, is free admission and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at (501) 882-4495.