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Art Professor Advocates for Collective in Independent Journal

CONWAY, Ark. (June 30, 2014) – Hendrix College art professor Melissa Cowper-Smith was recently interviewed by Number: Inc, an independent arts journal for the South. 

Cowper-Smith teaches digital art and drawing and runs the digital arts lab at Hendrix. As an artist, she works in collage, paint, digital printmaking and animation, and she has exhibited in New York venues, including Metro Pictures, Artists Space, Rabbit Hole Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery and Bronx Art Space. An Alberta, Canada native, Cowper-Smith came to Arkansas in 2011 with her husband, Dr. James Dow, a Hendrix philosophy professor.

In the article, she discusses tArt, the feminist art collective she helped found in New York City and the new Arkansas feminist art collective she's developing with Hendrix art professor Melissa Gill, Sandra Luckett from the University of Central Arkansas, and others from around Arkansas. 

“We need more groups like tArt … artists collectives support artists in ways that other institutions do not,” she said. “There’s something amazing that happens when a group of people look at art together and this is especially so when the group is only women.”

“In our new collective we strive for critiques that are honest, intense, and thoughtful,” she adds. “We want the artist sharing their work to continue to make their work. We want their work to be stronger in line with what they have made and what they want to make.”

The group will expand its activities and develop a traveling exhibition over the next year, she added.

Read the full interview here.

For more information on Cowper-Smith, visit her website:

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit