Arkansas Artists Work Enrichment, or AAWE is the newest Arkansas beautification project. Launched in January of 2017, in association with Ashby St. Outdoor Advertising, AAWE hosts Arkansas based artists work on billboards around the Northwest Arkansas area in order to promote local arts and culture in the Arkansas region. Artworks will rotate throughout the year and be on display for three months at a time. For January – March the featured artists are Ashley L. Byers and Linda Lopez. Danny RW Baskin is the lead curator for the 2017 season and will also have a featured billboard for the year.
AAWE is dedicated to promotion of the arts in Arkansas. By hosting local artists on large scale billboards throughout the region, AAWE gives the community an open view of the talented artists in our communities and also provides an enrichment of environment through contemporary art. People that are unable or unaccustomed to visiting museums or galleries in order to view artworks are now able to see some of the most talented voices in our area on their daily commute. This allows for a truly inclusive and shared art experience in our community.
Billboards are located at Exit 74 of I-49, Exit 88 of I-49, and Walton Blvd in Bentonville. New artists will be announced in April of 2017.
For more information, questions, or interest in sponsorship please contact: Tina Madryga (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dana Holroyd (email@example.com), or Danny Baskin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DANNY RW BASKIN
Danny Baskin (b. 1987) was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He received a BFA in General Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is currently working on an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Arkansas. Baskin has shown in group exhibitions worldwide and has been included in Pulse Miami and the Delta Exhibit. He is currently the curator of the AAWE Billboard project and co-director of FEAST Gallery in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Ashley Byers (b.1988) is from Springfield, Missouri. She grew up working summers at her family’s business on Table Rock Lake in a small town called Shell Knob, Missouri. Byers graduated from Missouri State University with a BFA in painting and received her MFA from the University of Arkansas. She has participated in juried shows nationwide as well as symposiums in Arkansas and Alabama and recently showed in Iran. She has received numerous grants and awards, including the MFA Project grant, a fellowship at Mildred’s Lane, and the Governor’s Scholarship. Byers is currently based in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she continues her Ozark-based research and studio practice. She is also the Education Program Manager at the Community Creative Center and co-directs FEAST Gallery, a contemporary art space.
Linda Nguyen Lopez (b. 1981) received a BFA in ceramics and BA in art education from California State University of Chico. She received a MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lopez has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout the United States including Robischon Gallery, Denver; Vertigo Art Space, Denver; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia and the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, New York. She has been an artist in residence at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2015, Lopez was included in the Scripps Ceramics Annual curated by Julia Haft-Candel and the State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.