The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department is featuring Behind the Curtain in an exhibit through Friday, March 14 in the England Center Art Gallery.
Behind the Curtain will feature objects from past productions of the ASU-Beebe Theater Department. On display are posters, costumes, lighting gels and gobos, makeup kits, and props, as well as other items that an average audience member would never see up close. Also in the display is a recording of an ASU-Beebe theater production.
“The university arts have a dual role,” stated Theater Department director Bruce Cohen. “We operate as instructional centers while at the same time intersecting with the public…last year, there was an estimated 3,088 audience members drawn to our campus to attend a variety of theater plays and musicals. In addition, many visitors have been introduced to ASU-Beebe for the first time by attendance to an arts event, such as symphonic band or choir concerts, recitals, concert or lecture series, or an art gallery exhibit, such as Behind the Curtain.
Leaders of business and industry have been calling for more attention and focus on “creative degrees” in producing innovative thinkers. According to a December, 2013 report by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the arts and culture segment contributed $504 billion to the nation’s annual gross domestic product during 2011.
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 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.
Behind the Curtain may be viewed at the England Center Art Gallery, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through March 14. The gallery is located at the corner of Center and Orange Streets in Beebe. For more information, contact the gallery at (501) 882-8913.