AR Committee/National Museum of Women in the Arts presents Women to Watch: HEAVY METAL
FEATURING ARTISTS: AMANDA HEINBOCKEL • ROBYN HORN • MICHELE FOX • HOLLY LAWS
Amanda Heinbockel received a BA in Studio Art from Vanderbilt University and her Masters of Secondary Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Heinebockel completed an artist residency at Elsewhere: A Living Museum in Greensboro NC, before accepting her current position as art teacher at Little Rock Central High School. She enjoys creating work in a variety of media and continues to pursue personal artistic interests by recently exhibiting at Little Rock’s Historic Arkansas Museum and North Little Rock’s Argenta Branch Library and the Thea Foundation.
Robyn Horn was born in Ft. Smith, AR, graduated from Northside High School, then from Hendrix College in Conway, AR. Her mother and her sister are painters, and her interest in the arts was encouraged. After college, she worked in the typesetting field in Little Rock, then became chief photographer for Arkansas Parks and Tourism. After trying her hand at stained glass, she found wood.
In 1984, she began working on the lathe making wood bowls and vases which eventually evolved into carving wood sculpture. Over the past 30 years, she has developed an aesthetic through studying the work of sculptors such as Barbara Hepworth and David Nash as well as painters such as Marcel DuChamp, and Picasso and Braque’s Cubism. Horn has always worked in series, making sculptures that contain qualities of asymmetry, geometry, volume, lack of balance, contrast with heavily textured surfaces. Recently she has ventured into painting and explored similar qualities in two dimensions.
Several museums around the country have Horn’s work in their collections. Among them are Arkansas Arts Center, Asheville Art Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Museum of Arts + Design in NY, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.
She lives and works in Little Rock with her husband John Horn, a letterpress printer.
Michele Fox, MD, is a blood banking and transfusion medicine specialist and professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Fox began her exploration of metal as a medium at the Arkansas Arts Center School and began exhibiting her work with a series titled “Safety Nets”: the work focused on the primitive need for safety that she experienced while going through a year of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy. Fox most recently exhibited her fine art jewelry at The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Second Floor Gallery.
Holly Laws is a sculptor who makes objects and multimedia installations. Her approach is informed by a love of experimentation with all manner of materials and processes. She employs labor-intensive and time-consuming techniques that are often associated with women’s work, craft, or a specific trade, as opposed to fine art. While historically, her sculpture has focused on issues of personal fragmentation and perceptions of memory, her most recent large-scale work expands the focus from the personal to a more extensive societal memory and current political issues. Laws is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Central Arkansas where she teaches Three-Dimensional Design and Sculpture. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums across the country including the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), the Historic Arkansas Museum (Little Rock, AR), the Flaten Museum of Art at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University (Providence, RI), Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts (New York, NY), Muriel Guépin Gallery (New York, NY), and the Spring/Break Art Show (New York, NY). Laws holds a BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
SOFT MATERIALS Solo Exhibits:
FEATURING ARTISTS: ALICE ANDREWS • KIM HEANG COTTRELL • SARAH NGUYEN • DENICE NICHOLSON
Alice Andrews has been an artist for all her life, earning her MFA at Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art after the BA at Henderson State University in Arkansas. Throughout the succeeding years she has continued to delve deeply into the construct of art making, and the breadth and depth to which she would create her own creative paradigm. She has held a residency with The Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico and received the Wolf Kahn Fellowship with the Vermont Studio Center. Andrews has representation with galleries in Arkansas, California, and Mexico. Her artwork can be found in locations such as the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Supreme Court, Boston Consulting, McGraw Hill Companies, and Tyson Foods, Inc. and in private collections throughout the US.
Kim Heang Cottrell (Starkville, MS) learned to make the traditional Khmer women’s clothing – the ao (blouse) and samphout sri (skirt) -while living in a refugee camp in Thailand after escaping from civil war and Khmer Rouge slave labor camps in her native Cambodia (1973 – 1980). While living in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, Kim Heang was able to do her part of preserving the art of traditional Khmer clothes with silk textiles by sharing her knowledge and mentoring other young Khmer women. Kim Heang has the gift of intimately understanding garments and she works without patterns. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting and tending to her garden of mostly Khmer plants. Kim Heang’s creativity and skill have earned her two National Endowment for the Arts awards through the Alabama Folk Life Council. August 2019 marks the first time Kim Heang’s Khmer garments have been on display in almost 30 years and the first time a Khmer artist has shown in Northwest Arkansas.
Sarah Nguyen is an artist living and working in Columbia, Missouri. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibits and publications nationally and internationally. She received her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Denise Nicholson is a mixed media artist from Winslow, Arkansas. Nicholson has pursued her creativity since childhood, painting and decorating with found materials, textiles, and then later experimenting with dyes and batik, making clothing, knitting and quilting. Over time she developed some of her own specialized treatments using dyes to produce her intriguing, layered designs. Nicholson is a represented artist with Art Ventures, where she is a featured artist in the annual Art for the Holidays exhibition and Art in the Garden at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks among others. Nicholson is also a member of Artists of Northwest Arkansas (ANA). Her artwork Roses on her Grave was a juried selection for the Day of the Dead Festival in Bentonville, AR, and Cornflower won second place in the Visitors Choice Competition at Ozark Folkways, where select artworks are also on display.
Nicholson’s current series of new work features pieces with deep tones, solitary figures, and hushed contemplation. The images explore the friction and counterpoise in one’s position and stance to the whole.