OBU Home
Apply Online | Give Online
Ouachita Baptist University
Visual Arts


 Current and Upcoming Events

Gemma Guiomard will present her Senior Exhibition in the Hammons Gallery, Feb. 24 – March 7, 2014

Past Events

Art Club and Department of Visual Arts are hosting the annual 2014 Student Juried Art Show in the Hammons Gallery, Mabee Fine Arts Center,  Jan. 20-Feb. 7. Treslyn Shipley, a sophomore studio art major from Arlington, Texas, won first place for her scratch art piece, “Ms. Charlotte.” http://www.obu.edu/news/2014/01/23/student-juried-art-show-on-display-through-feb-7-shipley-named-winner/

Meet the PressedOuachita Baptist University’s Department of Visual Arts hosted an exhibit featuring prints from a variety of guest artists in the Verser Theatre Gallery.  Jan 15 - Feb. 7.

The exhibit included the work of Robyn Stoller Awend of Minneapolis, Minn.; Aaron Calvert of Arkadelphia, Ark.; Kyle Garrett of Arlington, Texas; Delita Martin of North Little Rock, Ark.; Casey McGarr of Arlington, Texas; and David Warren of Little Rock, Ark. http://www.obu.edu/news/2014/01/23/meet-the-pressed-print-exhibit-open-at-ouachita-through-feb-7/

The Department of Visual Arts hosted an exhibit of drawings by Seattle artist Margaret Davidson, October 7 – November 8, 2013. Margaret also held a workshop Friday, Oct 18: 9AM to noon workshop for students and community members.  http://www.obu.edu/news/2013/09/27/ouachita-department-of-visual-arts-to-host-seattle-artist-oct-7-nov-8/


Spring 2013 Senior Exhibits have come and gone. Click here for an album of the exhibits.

8 Studio Art and Graphic Design majors hosted an art walk Saturday evening, April 6, 6PM. The students presented their Senior Exhibitions in partial fulfillment of their degree requirements. The exhibit spaces involved the Hammons Gallery in Mabee Fine Arts, the lobby gallery of the Verser Theatre and a portion of Lile Hall including the English Department. Exhibiting artists included Hunter Soper, Rebekah Poynor,Andrea Lock, Courtney Sharp, Rebecca Houlihan, Jessica Caldwell, Nicole McPhate and Grace Anne Thomas.  The exhibits were on display through April 30.

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 6.24.26 PM


A Faculty Exhibit of paintings and ceramic works by Visual Arts faculty members, Donnie Copeland and Summer Bruch will showcase recent works by the artists.  The exhibit opens October 15 and runs through November 18 and will be on view in the Hammons Gallery.  A reception will be held on October 23 at 5:30 PM.  In addition to the exhibit Asst. Professors of Music Justin Isenhour and Ryan Lewis will present improvisational works on trombone and marimba in response to the exhibit.


Exhibits in the Hammons and Verser galleries are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Exhibits are also available during evenings when other School of Fine Arts events are held in Mabee Fine Arts Center and Verser Theatre.

Plus, Donnie Copeland is showing a few of his paintings at Alfred University’s Fosdick-Nelson Gallery later this month.  Boundary Hunters, as the show is called, will run October 26 – December 1, 2012.  An opening reception will be held Oct. 26, 7-9 PM.  The exhibit will showcase seven contemporary painters, Donnie Copeland, Matthew Farina, Amy Feldman, Julian Jackson, Karen Schifano, Laurel Sucsy and Rachael Wren, who combine the fundamental elements of color, mark, shape, and edge to form unique spatial experiences.  Follow the link for the exhibit catalog, http://issuu.com/rachaelw25/docs/bhcatalog
Our faculty will be attending the 2012 AETN Portfolio Day this Saturday, Nov. 10. Portfolio Day 2012 will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at AETN Headquarters in Conway. Portfolio Day is an opportunity in which high school students can share their artistic work and interests with college professors from art and design programs from around the region. For more information click the image below.

Visual Arts faculty will take part in the Arkansas Art Educators Association’s Portfolio Day.  The purpose of the review is to bring together highly interested and talented art students with representatives of different universities and art schools and for university representatives to be able to review student portfolios individually and to encouraged and give informal critiques of student work.

Now through October, students, faculty and alumni have work on display at the Elberta Arts Center in Nashville, AR.  The exhibit features works by students Courtney Sharp, David Hickernell, and Andrea Lock and by studio art alums Sarah Waymire and Amy Pickens.

The Department of Visual Arts begins the Hammons Gallery series of exhibits this fall with the 2012 Small Works on Paper, an exhibit organized by the Arkansas Arts Council.  This is the first showing of the annual travelling exhibit on Ouachita’s campus.  The exhibit features 40 works by Arkansas artists and this year’s exhibit is curated by Marcia Goldenstein, professor of drawing and painting at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The exhibit will open August 20 and will be available through September 20.

To follow will be a Faculty Exhibit of paintings and ceramic works by Visual Arts faculty members, Donnie Copeland and Summer Bruch.  The exhibit will showcase recent works by the artists.  The exhibit opens October 15 and runs through November 18.
An exhibit of works by new and returning students of Visual Arts will be displayed in the newly redesigned Verser Theatre lobby beginning August 30  and available through September 13.

Exhibits in the Hammons and Verser galleries are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Exhibits are also available during evenings when other School of Fine Arts events are held in Mabee Fine Arts Center and Verser Theatre.”







Ouachita Baptist University’s Visual Arts Department will host Veda and Meda Rives in a guest artist exhibit titled “Confluence, Divergence, Concurrence” in the Hammons Gallery of OBU’s Mabee Fine Arts Center March 27-April 13.

The exhibit will be an installation of handmade paper arranged throughout the gallery space. “Confluence, Divergence, Concurrence” is a continuation of a series of installations the artists have produced throughout the U.S. and as far away as South Korea and Japan.

An opening reception and presentation by the artists will be held at 7 p.m. March 29 in the gallery.

read more

View Wayne Bryan’s Arkansas Democrat Gazette article, “Lost In The Story”, about the exhibit.


“Dual Pathway”, by Meda and Veda Rives


Ink and Clay, relief prints by Josh Pickens and ceramics by Barb and Jim Larkin,  Feb. 27-March 16, Hammons Gallery.

Printmaking demonstration, Josh Pickens, Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. in Moses-Provine room 202.

view a press release

ceramic plate by Jim Larkin

Senior Exhibit: Grace Janzen and Sarah Waymire

with guests Dusty Barnette, Kelly Boggus and Sarah Barteaux.

Hammons Gallery, February 7 – 23, 2012

Past Events 2011

November 10-12, students and faculty from the art department will attend the opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR.

November 12, students and faculty visit with artist Laura Terry at her West Fork, Arkansas studio.


Landscape: Laura Terry and Dennis McCann
Hammons Gallery, Mabee Fine Arts Center, Ouachita Baptist University

November 16 – December 16, 2011

Reception and discussion with the artists 11 AM, Wednesday, November 16,  in the Hammons Gallery.

Laura Terry will provide an illustrated presentation highlighting her course as an artist and architect at 8 AM, Wednesday, November 16,  in Moses-Provine 203.

Also, a pastel basics workshop by visiting artist Dennis McCann will be offered at 1 PM in Moses-Provine 202.


2011 Alumni Exhibition, Hammons Gallery, September 5 – October 8, 2011

Bits of Redemption,  Richard Cummings, Hammons Gallery, November 22 – December 15, 2010


Alphabetic Reclamations, Matthew Tullis, Hammons Gallery, October 4 – 28, 2010

Rick Poynor

Birkett Williams lecture, “All Art Aspires to the Condition of Music (or vice versa),” by Rick Poynor, Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall, September 16, 2010.  Prior to the lecture, Poynor also visited wiht visual art students and lectured on his recently curated exhibit, Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design, for the Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic.


The Logo Show!,  work by nationally recognized graphic designers Rolando Murillo, Tom Nynas and Brian Owens, Hammons Gallery, September, 2010


The Arkadelphia Piece, Jonathan Brilliant, Hammons Gallery, March 2 – 12, 2010

Brilliant on channel 7