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Photography Professor to be Honored

CONWAY, Ark. (September 15, 2014) – Hendrix College art professor Maxine Payne, a photographic installation artist, will be honored by the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts at a reception this Saturday evening from 5 – 7 p.m. at The Patio Café at 1152 Front Street, south of campus. The casual event is free. The public is invited.  

Payne will share insights from her recent collaboration on an international art project, the vision behind her book, Making Pictures: Three for a Dime, and her current project of making 10-cent pictures in her homemade photo-trailer.

The Arkansas Committee selected Payne as the 2013 Scholar Awardee for her project “Rural Women and Globalization.” The project documented rural women’s lives using oral history and photography in five sites: San Luis, Costa Rica; Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora on the United States-Mexico border; Bagamoyo, Tanzaia; Vinh Linh, Vietnam; and in rural Arkansas.  

Project portraits and interviews will be exhibited at the Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, October 29 – December 02, 2014. The program includes information about the Arkansas Committee and its educational programs for Arkansas women artists.

Payne earned a bachelor's degree in art at the University of Central Arkansas and her master’s and M.F.A. degrees in photography at the University of Iowa. She currently serves as the Judy and Randy Wilbourn Odyssey Professor of Art at Hendrix College. Payne has shown work in numerous solo and group exhibitions and her work is featured in permanent and private collections.  Her work can be seen at

The Arkansas Committee of NMWA was founded in 1989 to ensure that female artists in Arkansas have the opportunity to present their work to audiences and to help them find mutual support through the Committee and other female artists. The Arkansas Committee has since been responsible for over 15 exhibitions featuring the work of Arkansas women artists and has awarded 13 scholarships and eight internships to emerging female artists and art students. The Arkansas Committee has sponsored Arkansas artist exhibits at the national museum in Washington, D.C. For more information about the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts visit

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. This year, Hendrix was named the country’s #1 “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, and the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit