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Bradbury Art Museum to Present ‘Legends’ Exhibition of Contemporary Storytelling


Mythic Times

JONESBORO — "Legends: An Exploration of Contemporary Storytelling from Frame to Experience" will open in Bradbury Art Museum (BAM) at Arkansas State University Wednesday, Sept. 15. The opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. that evening.

Admission to the reception and exhibition, which continues through Dec. 8, is free.

The exhibition utilizes comics as a jumping off point for a dialogue about storytelling through contemporary art-making processes. Featuring both legends in the field as well as popular legends from contemporary culture, “Legends” seeks to explore storytelling and image making as an art form.

For the installation, BAM is collaborating with Dr. Randy Duncan, director of The Center for Comics Studies at Henderson State University. Duncan also is author of “The Power of Comics.”

Garry Holstein, director of BAM, says, “The installation aims to attract new first-time museum visitors because it will showcase the intersection between the museum and comics. The program provides an amazing outreach opportunity making art accessible and approachable. Everyone connects with comic books, and this installation will feed outreach to regional schools for our annual ‘Inspired’ exhibition in January.”

Artists whose work will be represented in the exhibition are Sarah Anderson, Gustav Carlson, JooYoung Choi, Michelle Czajkowski, Neil Emmanuel, Sean Fitzgibbon, Peter Kuper, Chad Maupin, Mythic Times, Josh Neufeld, Trina Robbins, Eric Shanower and Kevin Snipes.

Due to the pandemic, the museum will have a limited capacity of 60 visitors, and walk-in groups may not exceed 10 people. Groups larger than 10 should call ahead for a reservation.

Staff members will be wearing face coverings and taking other steps to help ensure a safe experience.  Guests also are required to wear face coverings and maintain a distance of six feet from other guests.

BAM is in Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Additional details about the exhibition are available online at BradburyArtMuseum.org and at (870) 972-3687.