Student Artist Markeith Woods to open exhibit February 22

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Markeith Woods, a Pine Bluff native and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) student artist, will exhibit at the John Brown Watson Memorial Library in celebration of Black History Month.

Woods titled the exhibit “Inspirations” as a result of those who have inspired and mentored him and because of the hope he holds for Pine Bluff’s future. The exhibit will open February 22nd, from 1:00p.m. – 7:00p.m., with an Artist’s Talk and reception at 4:00 p.m.

A Watson Chapel High School graduate and winner of a basketball competition, Woods left Pine Bluff to pursue college basketball. However, his height proved prohibitive and he returned to his home.

Woods’ mother encouraged him to draw from the age of three, however, under the mentoring of Henri Linton, art department chair and instructor at UAPB, Woods said, “Art changed my life.”

Influenced by such artists as Chuck Close, Aj Smith, and Kevin Cole, the Inspirations exhibit is a combination of ceramic pieces, drawings, and photographs. Woods has recently exhibited at the Hot Springs Fine Arts Center and the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.

Aside from Linton, Woods said that Danny Campbell, UAPB art instructor, has also nurtured his talent and encouraged him to pursue a career in art. After he pursues a master’s degree in art, Woods plans to return to his hometown with the hope of teaching art to Pine Bluff’s next generation.

“Art is so very empowering,” Woods said, “And I feel that I can help influence other young people in Pine Bluff through art.”

The Inspirations exhibit at the John Brown Watson Memorial Library will run through March 15th. For more information, contact Patrice Fisher at (870) 575-8415.

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