WMAcast, the podcast series from the Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College. In this series, host Mary Kennedy, director of the Windgate Museum of Art talks with artists, museum professionals, and artworld luminaries about their creative and professional lives. www.windgatemuseum.org/
Matthew Lopas is a professor of art at Hendrix College and is presently Chair of the Art Department. Courses Matthew teach include multiple levels and styles of Drawing and Painting including Digital Drawing and a studio course on the History of Materials and Techniques of Painting. Matthew has a B.A. from the Residential College of the University of Michigan, a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and a M.F.A. from Yale. His paintings have been shown across the country and internationally. He is married to Susan Clark, also an artist, and has three children. View his art on Instagram or Facebook.
WMA Director/Curator Mary Kennedy talks with Hendrix alumni Allison, Holly, and Duke Marr. Three of the five children of Don Marr, who was the Chair of the Hendrix College Art Department from 1959-2000, Allison, Holly, and Duke share memories of their dad and their time at Hendrix. This conversation is part of the art@hendrix! online exhibition which celebrates the artistic life of Hendrix College prior to the Windgate Museum of Art.
Christina Shutt is the Executive Director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has served in that capacity since 2016. Before that she worked at Hendrix College from 2011-2016 as the Associate Librarian for Special Collections and Instruction. Prior to that, she worked at the Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Archives at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Central Methodist University In Fayette, Missouri and a master’s degree in library science/archive management and a master’s degree in history from Simmons College in Boston
Stephanie Sims is the Guest Curator for the new Black Lives Matter in Arkansas exhibition currently on display at the Windgate Museum of Art, titled Let Us March On. She is the Museum Director at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Museum and Cultural Center. Prior to her position at UAPB she served as the personal archivist to former President Bill Clinton and worked closely with the National Archives and Records Administration and the Clinton Presidential Library.
Marjorie Williams-Smith has worked as a silver point artist for 30 years and is nationally recognized 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.
Dave Loewenstein is a muralist, printmaker, and arts organizer based in Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to his more than twenty public works in Kansas, examples of his dynamic and richly colored community-based murals can be found across the United States, and in Northern Ireland, South Korea, and Brazil. Loewenstein’s prints, which focus on social justice issues, are exhibited internationally.