Arkansas Arts Center announces Delta Exhibition winners

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The Arkansas Arts Center announces the award-winning works of the 61st Annual Delta Exhibition, on view May 3 through June 30, 2019

Guest juror Kevin Cole selected 50 artworks by 49 artists, representing 10 states to be featured in the exhibition. From the selected works, Cole named a Grand Award winner, two Delta Award winners and five Honorable Mentions. A Contemporaries Award winner was selected by the Contemporaries, an auxiliary membership group of the Arkansas Arts Center.

Mabry Turner, American Made: Greed, Lust, & Lost Love, 2018, oil, oak bark mosaic, moss, lichen, carved wood, beans, wasp nest, money on plywood, 74 x 32 x 5 inches, Grand Award

Grand Award – $2,500 prize

Mabry Turner of Little Rock, Ark., for American Made: Greed, Lust, & Lost Love

Delta Awards – $750 prize

Scinthya Edwards of Helena, Ark., for Birds of a Feather…

Heather Christine Guenard of Cabot Ark., for LV-426

Honorable Mentions

Julie Darling of Memphis, Tenn., for Obscurity Often Brings Safety

Dylan Eakin of Seattle, Wash., for Portrait in Precipitate II

Mark Lewis of Tulsa, Okla., for Head (SP)

Mark Payne of Pine Bluff, Ark., for Denial

Sandra Sell of Little Rock, Ark., for Wood Line

Contemporaries Award – $250 prize

Michael Warrick of Little Rock, Ark., for Youth

“Continuing the tradition started so many years ago, I believe this year’s Delta Exhibition brings a different energy, different synergy, and different sound that speaks to the signs of the times,” Cole wrote in his juror statement. “There are many provocative works among this year’s entrants. Within the entries you will find works that challenge one’s intellect on what art is and what art can be, other works that are also quite painterly.”

Showcasing artists living and working in Arkansas and its border states, the Annual Delta Exhibition presents a vision of contemporary art in the American South. Founded in 1958, the exhibition features work in an array of media to provide a snapshot of the Delta region now – while reflecting on the region’s strong traditions of craftsmanship and observation.

“Every year, the Delta Exhibition provides a glimpse at some of the most important work being created in this part of the country now,” said Brian J. Lang, Arkansas Arts Center Chief Curator and Windgate Foundation Curator of Contemporary Craft. “We’re thrilled to be able to present this noteworthy and dynamic selection of works at the Arts Center this summer.”

The 61st Annual Delta Exhibition will be the last major exhibition on view before the Arkansas Arts Center’s upcoming renovation and expansion project. Groundbreaking on the transformational renovation project is scheduled for this fall. As one of the Arts Center’s signature exhibitions, curators are working to ensure the Delta’s continuity during the renovation process.  

Cole, the show’s juror, is an Atlanta-based artist best known for sculptural works, paintings, and intentional use of color. An Arkansas native, Cole’s work was featured in the 42nd Annual Delta Exhibition (1999) at the Arkansas Arts Center. His work can be found in notable public and private collections across the country, including the Dayton Art Institute, the High Museum of Art, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. His work can also be found in the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection; his mixed-media work Touch by Faith III is currently on view in POP! Out of the Vault at the Arkansas Arts Center. Cole has been a member of AfriCOBRA since 2003 and was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 2018.

The 61st Annual Delta Exhibition is sponsored by Isabel and John Ed Anthony; Bank OZK; Philip R. Jonsson Foundation; Lisenne Rockefeller; Dianne and Bobby Tucker; Terri and Chuck Erwin; Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP; the AAC Contemporaries; Phyllis and Michael Barrier; Robert Chandler; Sandra and Bob Connor; East Harding Construction; Barbara Rogers Hoover; Don A. Tilton, The Capitol Group. The Grand Award is supported by The John William Linn Endowment Fund. The exhibition is supported by the Andre Simon Memorial Trust in memory of everyone who has died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Reception support is provided by Catfish Farmers of America.

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