University Art Gallery exhibit focuses on COVID-19


"Keep Your Distance," a mask created by Little Rock artist Robert Cushman is displayed in the Pandemic art exhibit on January 20, 2021 in the University Art Gallery.

The University Art Gallery is showcasing the "Pandemic" exhibit from Jan. 19 to Feb. 13. The gallery pieces in the series feature the work of regional artists.

University Art Gallery Director, Anne Gochenour, said the pieces represent what the artists are making of the international health crisis. 

Featured artists include:

  • Denise Whitebread Fanning
  • Xiaobin Su
  • Hillerbrand and Magsamen
  • Rebecca Goulder
  • Bruce Thayer
  • Ann Kowaleski
  • Yang Liu
  • Jeanne Fisher
  • Robert Cushman 
  • Ted Evans

The exhibit uses photography, fiber, installation, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and video to show the artists’ emotions towards the effects of COVID-19.

“We have an awful lot of visual images in our lives and this is how artists communicate,” Gochenour said. “...We need to show the students real art instead of images on a screen because the experience is very different. You can see a whole lot more when you see live art.”

Masks are required for entry to the gallery and no more than 10 people are allowed in the building at a time.

The University Art Gallery is located at 251 E Preston St.