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Alleyway Art: Hendrix Printmaking Students’ Work to Debut at Friday Art Walk in Downtown Conway

Pasted-up woodblock prints expected to last 1 to 2 years in alley off Oak Street

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Students whose woodblock prints are on display in downtown Conway include, from left: Colm Simmons ’26, English-Literary Analysis major; Max Lanford ’26, Art major; Kate Adcox ’26, Psychology major; Ayden Huckelbury ’25, Art major; Ruby Slarks ’25, Health Science major; and Kobi Greer ’24, Art major.

CONWAY, Arkansas (April 5, 2024)—Just across Oak Street from Bob’s Grill, southeast of the intersection known as Toad Suck Square, a new exhibition of Hendrix College student art has made an appearance just in time for the Conway Art Walk, held on the first Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m.

Six students from Professor of Art Melissa Gill’s printmaking class—only two of whom are majoring in art—recently accompanied her to the alleyway, carrying their large-scale woodblock prints and some wallpaper paste.

Was it a guerrilla installation? Not quite—Gill worked with Nick Stevens at the Creative Institute of Central Arkansas to find the space and get permission for the show. However, it does echo the days when protest signs, event posters, and other advertisements routinely appeared on exterior brick walls in cityscapes. The works are expected to withstand the elements for at least a year, perhaps as long as two.

The students’ chosen topics for their prints reflect their own concerns, transcending a mere classroom assignment, yet typical of a Hendrix educational experience. This installation is part of a Hendrix Odyssey Program experiential learning project that Gill is leading.

“This project is a great example of a liberal arts education because students from a variety of majors have used it to engage the public with their art about issues that are important to them, such as social media, pollution, and the election,” Gill said. “They rose to the challenge of designing, carving, printing, and installing large-format prints brilliantly!”

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“… Through engagement that links the classroom with the world, and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and sustainable living, the Hendrix community inspires students to lead lives of accomplishment, integrity, service, and joy.” —Hendrix College Statement of Purpose