The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center recently acquired two mixed media sculptures by Danny Campbell, professor and chairperson of the Department of Art at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The works titled, “Overcoming the Challenges of Dehumanization” and “A Hopeful Journey to Freedom’s End” examines the spirit of Arkansas natives Maya Angelou, Wiley Austin Branton, Silas Hunt, John Johnson, and Edith Irby Jones. These portraits serve as iconographic images from the ancestral landscapes of Africa to Arkansas. The artist combines abandoned tire treads and automobile parts collected from alongside the highways.
“I want my works to uplift the African-American race and share our mental and physical toughness by using recycled auto and tire remnants,” Campbell said. “These works are symbolic and show our ability to bounce back and get back on course regardless of what we have been faced with throughout history.”
Campbell also stated that he chose to feature these notable Arkansans in works because they have contributed tremendously to society over the years.
“Their service has made our world a better place. I am very thankful for their generosity to our nation and this is my way to show an appreciation and immortalize their significant contribution.”
Campbell is a native of Dumas, Arkansas and has taught art at many institutions including Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta Metropolitan State College in Atlanta, Georgia. He has traveled around the country exhibiting his work in galleries and museums. Campbell’s works, along with other Arkansas artists will run through March 31, 2016.
For more information please contact the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center at 501-683-3593 or visit www.mosaictemplarscenter.com.