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Silverpoint Artist Marjorie Williams-Smith to Give Public Lecture Feb. 20

MWS Headshot 3b_web.jpgCONWAY, Ark. (February 6, 2020) — Marjorie Williams-Smith, nationally recognized silverpoint artist based in Little Rock, Ark., will deliver a public lecture, “The Resurgence of Silverpoint: A Contemporary Approach,” on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at 4:10 p.m. in the Hundley-Shell Theater in the Miller Creative Quad on the Hendrix College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the theater lobby.

Williams-Smith has worked as a silverpoint artist for 30 years and is acknowledged as one of its preeminent practitioners. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. She received the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award in 2019 and was selected to design the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to the Little Rock Nine in 1999. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and her work is in the permanent collections of the Arkansas Arts Center, the Longview Art Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and many others.

“We are delighted to present an artist of Marjorie’s caliber to speak at Hendrix College,” said Mary Kennedy, director of the Windgate Museum of Art. “Not only is her silverpoint work extraordinary, but her story as a nationally recognized African-American woman in the contemporary art field is very compelling.”

For more information, contact Amanda Cheatham at 501-328-2383 or

About the Windgate Museum of Art

The Windgate Museum of Art is the new art museum located on the campus of Hendrix College. Scheduled to open in October 2020, the museum is an 8,000 square-foot, environmentally controlled space that includes three exhibition galleries. With a vision to be the premier teaching art museum in Arkansas, the WMA will present outstanding art exhibitions, compelling educational programs, and invigorating social activities for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus. Free and open to all, the museum will use hands-on experiences to train students in all facets of museum work, including curatorial research, collection management, educational and social programming, marketing and communications, as well as all aspects of exhibition research, planning, installation, and evaluation. The Windgate Museum of Art is made possible with the generous support of the Windgate Foundation and the Alice L. Walton Foundation.