The park’s exhibit focuses on the famous knife maker

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Peak exposure

“James Black: Life and Legacy”, a look at the man who forged the so-called Bowie Knife for James Bowie, is on display Jan. 28 at 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the 1874 Courthouse Visitor Center in historic Washington State Park, off US 278, nine miles north of Hope.

The exhibition includes knives, originals and reproductions; a daguerreotype on loan from the Arkansas Historical Museum connected to Black; a fork, said to have been made by Black for a local physician around 1825; and other artifacts. Free entry. Call (870) 983-2684 or visit Reach the park by taking exit 30 from Interstate 30.

A Sheffield Knife, c. 1835, made in Sheffield, England, for Graveley and Wreak distributor in New York, is based on James Black’s Coffin-Handle design. (Arkansas Historical Museum)
airport art

The Art at the Airport Program at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock is issuing an open call for an artist with an Arkansas connection to create site-specific artwork in the airport lobby.

The artist or team selected by the airport’s six-member art committee will design and eventually fabricate and install an artwork made of durable, low-maintenance materials on an airport lobby wall. approximately 36 feet long by 8.5 feet high.

The deadline to apply is May 9, through the Call for Entry online application service: Artists will be asked to share a statement explaining their interest in the project and how they can approach the commission; they can also submit images of previously completed artwork.

The committee will select three to five finalists who will receive a stipend to develop specific proposals and advise airport management on the selection of artists and approval of the final design for the facility in 2023. The selected artist will receive $12,500 design fee with a separate budget for fabrication. and set up.

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Best Poet

Lia Lawson, a senior at Wonderview High School in Hattieville, Conway County, who became the 2022 Arkansas Poetry Out Loud Champion on March 12, qualifies for the Poetry Aloud National Semi-Finals, taking place May 1 online at Lawson will play in the second semifinal at 2 p.m. She will be one of 55 contestants, the winners from each of the 50 states plus American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Nine finalists will advance to the national final, online June 5 at The competition will distribute $50,000 in scholarships and stipends, including the $20,000 prize for the national champion. Visit

summer art camp

The Department of Art and Design at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a free residential summer intensive art camp June 20-24 for up to 60 high school juniors and seniors.

The 2022 artWAYS Camp will include art materials, meals, housing, and evening activities at no cost to students through a grant from the Windgate Foundation.

Robert Bean will be the instructor for “Drawing the Dynamic Figure”; Joli Livaudais will cover “Lensless Photography”; artist-in-residence Lydia Martin will be the instructor for “Start to Finish: Learn to Make Your Own Jewelry”; and graphic design professor Kevin Cates will teach “Typographic Sculptures.”

May 1 is the deadline to apply, via Students will move into campus on June 19 and leave after camp ends on June 24.

For more information, call (501) 916-5107 or email

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