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New Exhibitions Open Sept. 10 at Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College

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‘Southbound’ and ‘Migrantes’ on display through Dec. 3 

CONWAY, Ark. (August 20, 2021) – The Windgate Museum of Art (WMA) at Hendrix College is pleased to announce the opening of its fall exhibitions, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South and Migrantes, on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. 

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South comprises 55 photographers’ visions of the South over the first decades of the 21st century. The images represent the photographers’ own contemplated response to their chosen environments—no photographs were commissioned for the project. The Southbound photographs provide the viewer with shifting pathways to moments of unbridled joy and deep frustration, and, ultimately, to an understanding, however fleeting, of this place, the New South. 

The 220 photographs on display are complemented by an array of other instruments that engage with the New South, ranging from cartography to poetry. A digital-mapping environment is available in the Lobby Gallery and on the website. A documentary film of Southbound artists and commentators can be viewed in the Lobby Gallery and online. The project’s scholarly catalogue contains essays and poems penned in response to the Southbound images. Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South will be accompanied by a film series, Cinema and the Changing American South, as well as a variety of programming activities. Southbound was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Migrantes is an exhibition dually created by photographer Adam Ferguson and the subjects in the images. Ferguson traveled to migrant camps along the Mexican border to photograph and interview migrants on their journey from their homeland to their aspirational destination. First published in the New York Times on July 1, what makes these photographs unique is the self-determination created by the sitters operating the remote control to the large format camera used by Ferguson. Their individual stories provide keen insights of what their migration experience is like and what put them on the path to immigration in the first place. 

Printed at five feet by four feet, the images are powerful statements of individual courage and determination. Migrantes will be in the Window Gallery, which is viewable 24/7 from outside the museum. The exhibition is curated by Victor Gomez, Curatorial Assistant at the WMA and 2021 Hendrix graduate. 

A wide variety of events are scheduled in conjunction with the exhibitions, including curator and artist lectures, films and discussion panels, artist residencies, and hands-on activities. To learn more about those events, visit All events will be held in person and reservations are required for each event. Email to reserve your spot. 

Visit for more information on WMA programming or follow @windgatemuseum on Instagram and @WMAatHDX on Facebook, or contact Sarah Donaghy, Curator of Education, at 501-328-2385 or

About the Windgate Museum of Art

The Windgate Museum of Art is the new art museum located on the campus of Hendrix College. With a vision to be the premier teaching art museum in Arkansas, the WMA presents 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 uses 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. 

Image credits:

Stacy Kranitz, Island Road, from The Island series, Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, 2010, 16 x 24 inches, archival pigment print, courtesy of the artist

Adam Ferguson, Doris Lara, 31, Enrique Romero Municipal Gymnasium, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, 2021, 60 x 48 inches, archival pigment print, courtesy of the artist