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Bradbury Art Museum to Open ‘Inspired’ Exhibition

November 25, 2020


JONESBORO – Despite unique challenges, Bradbury Art Museum (BAM) and regional high schools worked together to produce the sixth annual “Inspired” exhibition.

Doors will open at 12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Bradbury Art Museum, which is in Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr., at Arkansas State University.

Admission to the museum is free. The exhibition continues through Dec. 18. There will be no opening reception in accordance with health and safety precautions.

“Inspired” is an annual high school art exhibition held at Bradbury Art Museum. Each fall, local high school students are invited to participate in an interactive tour. Students then create artwork and write artist statements which are influenced by the works on view at that time. A juror then makes selections to be exhibited within “Inspired.”

All works within Inspired 2020 were created in response to the previous exhibition, “Radius I.” Since many schools were unable to physically visit the museum this year, the program transitioned to a mostly digital process. Schools were offered virtual tours as well as digital access to “Radius I” via BAM’s website.

Haley Voges, education coordinator for the museum said, “With so many student events being canceled, it was our priority to ensure the continuance of the Inspired program if at all possible. Schools were happy to hear this opportunity wasn’t lost, and we were (as always) impressed with the participation and caliber of the work despite circumstances.”

The juror for “Inspired” 2020 is Deidre Argyle. Argyle’s installation “Anchored in Turbid Clarity” was shown in “Radius I” and will stay on view in Kays Gallery at BAM through the duration of “Inspired.” Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

In a juror’s statement, Argyle said, “It is clear that all the entrants were passionate about their work.  As an assistant professor of sculpture at Missouri State University, I was very impressed by the artwork produced by the young artists who submitted to this call for entry.”

Scholarships and purchase awards will be noted on the tags of winning artworks. Included in the exhibition are 45 students from seven local schools:

Brookland High School

  • Sarah Hooker, 12th grade

Bay High School

  • Rodney Rodgers, 12th grade
  • Haley Reed, 12th grade
  • Madison Brand, 11th grade
  • Cassidy Powers, 11th grade
  • Nathan Campbell, 12th grade
  • Abigail Armstrong, 12th grade

Valley View High School

  • Jegs Antonio, 10th grade
  • Emily Kaut, 11th grade
  • Cassidy Burris, 12th grade
  • Quinn Patterson, 12th grade
  • Jayme Melescue, 12th grade
  • Reese Owens, 12th grade 

Harrisburg High School

  • Emily Holland, 11th grade
  • Jadyn Hesse, 12th grade
  • Marcy Wallace, 12th grade
  • Leslie Whitman, 12th grade
  • Jade Fahr, 12th grade
  • Carol Coronado, 12th grade
  • Molly Bates, 11th grade
  • Layla McClenny, 12th grade
  • Leslie Ortiz, 12th grade
  • Eli Williams, 11th grade
  • Sadie Mooney, 9th grade
  • Julie Miller, 11th grade
  • Sadey Bowen, 10th grade
  • Nala Wallace, 11th grade 

Marmaduke High School

  • Kade Langdon, 9th grade
  • Laci Sauer, 9th grade

Nettleton High School

  • Cecilia Freeman, 12th grade
  • Alexia Krauss, 12th grade

Academies at Jonesboro High School

  • Graysen Jones, 12th grade
  • Madison Grubb, 12th grade
  • Emrie Nelson, 12th grade
  • Sydney Green, 12th grade
  • Nate Light, 12th grade
  • Josh Hyneman, 11th grade
  • Elizabeth Richardson, 12th grade
  • Rhegan Vanhoozer, 12th grade
  • Dawson Wagner, 12th grade
  • Braden Hafner, 12th grade
  • Brian Holmes, 11th grade
  • Kymya Rowe, 11th grade
  • Serenity Jefferson, 10th grade
  • Madeline Sumpter, 11th grade

Hours of operation for this exhibition are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. For additional information about the exhibition, one may visit or contact the museum at (870) 972-3765.

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