FEATURED FALL 2020 WORK
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
EXHIBITION FEATURING THE BFA PROJECT COMPLETED BY EACH STUDENT IN THEIR FINAL SEMESTER
Madeleine Robinson, Graphic Design
Madeleine is a painter and Illustrator soon to graduate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She focuses primarily on children’s book illustrations as well as writing and illustrating existential comic books. Madeleine also enjoys writing music and rock climbing. See her most recent children’s book illustration commissions ( The Power of Bread by Twylla Alexander and The Most Peculiar Pizza Pickup by Bio Bruno) coming soon to online platforms.
Book illustration is especially interesting to me because it gives visual art a stronger narrative component that allows for a greater connection between the art and the viewer. Zombie-Ella was written by my mother (Monica Clark-Robinson), who is a professional children’s book writer. It is an adaptation of the classic Cinderella tale. It is a story that, like many stories before it, illustrate universal human experiences such as love, loneliness, feelings of inadequacy, and personal growth. I was especially inspired by the Art Nouveau movement for this book. The
beautiful organic forms of the movement, combined with the gothic tone, perfectly encapsulates the balance between the sweet and the macabre that I wanted to strike with my illustrations.
LeAnne Roberson, Graphic Design
Terry Julian, Graphic Design
Ruijie Zheng, Sculpture
As an artist, Ruijie will continue to explore the language of painting and sculpture. The artistic concept of realism and the connotation of expressionism form the cornerstone of his art. In the process of artistic creation, Ruijie also observes things objectively from the perspective of his own art, and merges traditional Asian culture with the spirit of the times. By paying attention to life, as well as taking society and objective nature as his source of creation, he expresses humanistic feelings through his art. Ruijie’s hopes are that while sticking to the blood of traditional Chinese culture, his art can still feel up to date and relevant, break through tradition, and show an in-depth study of Western art language and aesthetic values.
“What constantly changes and inspires me is the freedom and vitality of Western art. The innovative consciousness and changeable thinking of Western art constantly impacts and purifies my soul, and my ideas are becoming more and more pure.”
Many times I think, what is the meaning of life? What is spiritual practice? All the pressure is because of wanting too much; all the pain is because it is too real. If the heart does not have a place to inhabit, it will be wandering everywhere. All the splendor that has ever been in life will eventually need to be repaid with loneliness. I think life is a journey alone. A person’s maturity is not how good you are at communicating with others, but learning to live in peace with loneliness. Before loneliness is confusion, after loneliness is my growth. Sculpture needs to be tempered. Isn’t it a human being? I held my dreams in my hands; alone, I kept walking and walking, putting aside the hustle and bustle of the world, looking for a quiet place to put my soul.