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Regional High School Artists to Display Work in BAM’s ‘Inspired’ Exhibition


JONESBORO — Bradbury Art Museum (BAM) and regional high schools worked together to produce the seventh “Inspired” exhibition, which opens with a public reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13. Bradbury Art Museum is in Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr., on the campus of Arkansas State University.

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

All works within “Inspired 7” were created in response to BAM’s previous exhibition, “Legends.”

The juror for “Inspired 7” is Peter Kuper, whose work can be seen in The New Yorker, The Nation, and Mad Magazine. Kuper has lectured extensively throughout the world, has taught comics and illustration courses at Parsons and The School of Visual Arts, and also conducted Harvard’s first class dedicated to graphic novels. He is the 2020-21 Jean Strouse Fellow at The New York Public Library’s Cullman Center.

In a juror’s statement, Kuper stated, “The problem I encountered was the quantity of really top-notch work. Choosing what to include and award was confounding since there were more choices than the terms of selection allow. The three top choices and the merit awards were a further quandary since there were so many fine pieces that were worthy of that distinction.”

Several awards will be given and will be displayed on tags next to the awarded works. Included in the exhibition are works by 51 students from nine schools:

Annie Camp Jr. High

  • DaJah Vincent, 9th
  • Erin Bryan, 9th
  • Kaylee McCullough, 9th
  • Sakkaora Hampton, 9th

Bay High School

  • Addison Staggs, 10th
  • Cassidy Powers, 12th
  • Chandly Bradley, 12th
  • Gabriella Hillis, 10th
  • Hannah Pierce, 11th
  • Jade Dougherty, 12th
  • Lily Blalock, 12th
  • Madison Brand, 12th
  • Maggie Long, 12th

Brookland High School

  • Anna Galbraith, 12th

Cedar Ridge High School

  • Alex Sanchez, 11th
  • Ashley Brinkley, 12th
  • Lauren Klindworth, 12th

Harrisburg High School

  • Devin Hutchison, 9th
  • Emily Holland, 12th
  • Kaley Wake, 11th
  • Kaylee Correa, 11th
  • Lance Collins, 11th
  • Lillian Wilson, 11th
  • Maggie Hogue, 10th
  • Maria Guzman, 9th
  • Molly Bates, 12th
  • Nadia Farmer, 10th
  • Nala Wallace, 12th
  • Natalie Smith, 10th
  • Sadey Bowen, 11th
  • Vivian Morgan, 10th

Jonesboro High School

  • Anny Victoriano, 12th
  • Brian Holmes, 12th
  • James Taylor, 11th

Nettleton High School

  • David Hughes, 12th
  • Gwen Oliver, 10th
  • Le’Marion Burgess, 11th
  • Alysee Carter, 11th

Piggott High School

  • Lexi Rigdon, 10th

Valley View High School

  • Anh Nguyen, 12th
  • Brianna Webster-Serpico, 12th
  • Courtney Brickey, 11th
  • Gracey James, 11th
  • Josiah Kuizin, 11th
  • Kaylee Brown, 12th
  • Laura Amorim, 11th
  • Lauren Box, 10th
  • Margaret Gao, 11th
  • Molly Findley, 12th
  • Sydney Woodard, 11th
  • Jegs Antonio, 11th

Admission to the museum is free. The exhibition continues through Wednesday, Feb. 2. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. For additional information about the exhibition, one may visit BAM online at BradburyArtMuseum.org or call (870) 972 3765.

Inspired 2021 graphic