UAFS Gallery of Art & Design summer exhibitions at Windgate, The Bakery District


"Family Growth" by Mary Elkins (2020).

“Family Growth” by Mary Elkins (2020).

UAFS Gallery of Art & Design will present “Highlights from the Permanent Collection: Works on Paper,” featuring the latest addition to its permanent collection: An artist’s book by Jo Stealey. The collection will open Wednesday, June 1, at Windgate Art & Design, located at 535 N. Waldron Road. Also on view will be works by American modernists John Marin and Arthur Dove, along with a number of drawings, watercolors, prints and mixed media selections from modern and contemporary artists. The exhibition will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and will be on view through Aug. 26.

"Excursion" by Jo Stealey (2019).

“Excursion” by Jo Stealey (2019).

In addition, “Process/Experience/Place” will be held within The Bakery District, 70 S. Seventh St., in the newly formed The District UAFS Art Galleries. The alternative exhibition space is a collaboration between The Bakery District, UAFS Gallery of Art & Design, and UAFS Department of Art & Design. The galleries will showcase local, regional and national artists – both emerging and established – whose works demonstrate contemporary trends in the visual arts, and will provide a vital forum for community engagement with the arts in downtown Fort Smith. Taking place across several spaces in the district, exhibitions will be held quarterly with the intent to develop a continuous, competitive program of exhibitions demonstrating contemporary trends with impactful installations that foster community engagement with the arts. The District UAFS Art Galleries will also provide a training ground for UAFS students in art gallery practice and offer alternative exhibition spaces for select UAFS Art & Design student work.

"Two New Southside Units" by Owen Bufington (2017).

“Two New Southside Units” by Owen Bufington (2017).

The inaugural exhibition of “Process/Experience/Place” will open June 1, and will feature the works of local artists Mary Elkins, Jarrod Cluck and Owen Buffington. A reception celebrating the partnership and installation of the galleries will be held Thursday, June 16, alongside the monthly Fort Smith Jazz Jam at The Bakery District. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with music starting at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition will run through Sept. 18.

Both exhibitions will be free and open to the public.

This column is produced by the River Valley Arts Coalition. To send comments or for more information contact [email protected].


Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith; 479-784-2787

  • Future School Art Exhibition – Bridge to the Future: Opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 3; on view through Aug. 28.

  • Doyle Young Painted Stories: Reflections of Southern Days Gone By: opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 3; on view through Sept. 25.

  • Chuck Davis – The Wheel: On view through June 5.

  • Selections from the Permanent Collection – The Eva Rubinstein Portfolio: On view through June 5.

  • Drop-in and Draw: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday; register at

  • RAM Sketch: 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday register at

  • RAM Saturdays: Register at

UAFS Gallery of Art & Design, 535 N. Waldron Road, Fort Smith; 479-788-7542

  • UAFS Art & Design Faculty Biennial: On view through May 13.

  • UAFS Gallery of Art & Design Permanent Collection Highlights: Works on Paper: On view June 1 – Aug. 26.

Arts on Main, 415 Main St., Van Buren; 479-474-7767

  • Gallery admission is always free and open to the public; AOM members receive a discount on registration fees.

  • Art programs for children and adults: Visit for available classes and workshops.

This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: RVAB: UAFS Gallery of Art & Design summer exhibitions


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