Arkansas Union Installs Contest-Winning Artwork

Shelby Fleming, a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate, created two pieces of art for the Arkansas Union Razorback Tradition artwork contest.
Nina Ephremidze

Shelby Fleming, a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate, created two pieces of art for the Arkansas Union Razorback Tradition artwork contest.

The Arkansas Union installed art last month created by Shelby Fleming, winner of the Razorback Tradition artwork contest. Fleming, a first-year Master of Fine Arts candidate, created two pieces of art now on display in Arkansas Union room 515.

The contest called for pieces of artwork that described the artist's interpretation of the Razorback tradition. Fleming created two laser engraved mirror installations — one depicting the University of Arkansas Razorback and the other a rendering of Old Main.

"I used the imagery of Old Main as it is the oldest building on campus, as well as a symbol for the university. The razorback was chosen as the mascot's influence, which extends far beyond the boundaries of the university, creates a sense of pride for our community," Fleming said.

Fleming chose mirrors for the installation to symbolically allow the viewer to see themselves reflected in the image of these university traditions.

Rob Stagni, director of the Arkansas Union, said installing student art is integral to the mission of the Arkansas Union.

"Art, especially student art, is a foundational piece of community. It speaks to our values. It inspires us. It reminds us," Stagni said. "It's the Union's hope that student art projects like this will continue to emphasize the importance of student involvement in, and ownership of, the Arkansas Union."

The Arkansas Union seeks to support unique and diverse programs, provide professional services, and satisfy the ever-changing needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests. The site of 10,000 annual events and reservations, the Arkansas Union offers the University of Arkansas community an open and inclusive third space for the exchange of ideas and the discovery of self and the world.

Contacts

Scott Flanagin, executive director of communications
Division of Student Affairs
479-575-6785, sflanagi@uark.edu

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