Renowned Artist Ken Kewley on Campus

by Jean Powell-Vosper


Ken Kewley, internationally known for his paintings and collages, has a penetrating understanding of color which he uses to create abstract works of brilliant clarity. Kewley visited Fort Smith November 17-21 and appeared at several events on the UA Fort Smith campus.

The Chancellor’s Coalition for the Visual Arts welcomed the artist with a public reception on November 17 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Mary Tinnin Jaye Gallery in the Fullerton building.

One of Kewley’s paintings, “Three Cassatine Palermitenos,” a 28 x 36 inch oil on canvas piece, hangs in the Fullerton Administration building as part of the university’s art collection. His work is also part of collections belonging to the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Exxon Corporation, Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the Yosemite National Parks Museum.

Photo: Ken Kewley mentors a student at an En Plein Air event.
Photo credit: William Rich.

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Student Senate

by Malia Putman

All for one and one for all” ("tous pour un, un pour tous")
- Alexandre Duamas, pe’re; author of The Three Musketeers

All for one and one for all. This might be the motto Jory Christensen and his newly formed team thrives under. During the month of October Jory met with other UA Fort Smith students and faculty to determine how they would deal with the empty chairs in the Senate.

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Tales of the Crypt in Van Buren

by Derek Wright

Photo: Historical Interpretation student Joseph Chasteen portrays Joseph Starr Dunham (1823-1912, the editor and publisher of the Van Buren Press and the longest serving newspaperman in Arkansas history.
Photo credit: Derek Wright.

The UA-Fort Smith Historical Interpretation program presented their annual Tales of the Crypt program to benefit the restoration of Van Buren’s Fairview Cemetery on Sunday, October 24, 2010. This event has become the focus of cemetery restoration fund raising by combining the energy and research of UA Fort Smith students with the City of Van Buren, the Van Buren Advertising and Promotion Commission, and the Van Buren Historic District Commission. UA Fort Smith Professor Tom Wing, Clayton House Executive Director Martha Siler, and Randy Smith of the Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home directed another entertaining and educational program. Attendance this year was well over 300 people.

Photo: UA Fort Smith Historical Interpretation student Jennifer English portrays Emma Needham Burns (1865-1922), the mother of Van Buren radio and television star Bob Burns.
Photo credit: Derek Wright.

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Greek Life at UA Fort Smith

by Chance Combs

In our culture, movies such as Animal House, PCU, Revenge of the Nerds, and Van Wilder have formed a skewed typecast of college life. Scenes of raucous keg parties, vicious hazing, and epic pranks epitomize American cinemas’ take on college humor. So where are our colonial style frat houses complete with puking pledges successfully completing 30-second keg stands? As the student body, the campus, and pledges continue to expand, the possibility of such revelry grows nearer. Or does it?

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The Battle of Prairie Grove
148th Anniversary to be Commemorated

by Derek Wright

What: The 148th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove
Where: Prairie Grove, Arkansas (I-540 to U.S. Hwy 62, just south of Fayetteville)
When: December 4-5 with the battle reenactment at 1:00 p.m. both days.

The Prairie Grove Battlefield Park reenactment event is held every two years, and this is one of the largest Civil War reenactments in Arkansas. If you are curious about the Civil War and have never seen a battle reenactment, then 2010 is a great year to come out and support your local history resources. Union and Confederate living history camps, cannon, horses, soldiers, historic vendor shops, and all manner of Civil War history will occur the first weekend in December at the Prairie Grove, Arkansas, State Park.

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Historic African-American Military Unit at Fort Smith

by Derek Wright

The Fort Smith National Historic Site is seeking volunteer recruits for African-American military group.

In September 1863, one of the first ever United States Army units of African-American soldiers was formed at Fort Smith and designated the 11th United States Colored Troop (11th USCT). Most of these soldiers were former slaves who sought the protection of the Union forces when the Confederate occupation of Fort Smith ended. These were Arkansas men who fought for their freedom right here in Fort Smith.


Photo courtesy National Park Service 2009.

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