Altered self-portraits, acrylic pourings and Zentangle patterns created by senior art majors at the University of Arkansas at Monticello are featured this month in the Glassblock Gallery at the Fred J. Taylor Library and Technology Center on the UAM campus.

The exhibits showcase the artwork of Kaitlyn Carrico of Hamburg and KeyAira M. Charles of Warren. Their senior thesis exhibitions will be on display until April 14. A public artist reception will be held on April 11 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Carrico’s senior thesis exhibition “Flourish” features altered self-portrait photographs and floral acrylic paintings which she says express beauty and confidence.

“I want to make a statement and encourage others to step out of their comfort zone, to show the world that one’s beauty doesn’t have to be from the things that are considered ‘perfect,’ but by the qualities and things that could be considered imperfections,” Carrico said.

Charles’ senior thesis exhibition “The Wandering Mind” includes Zentangle patterns and acrylic pouring, incorporating movements of lines, shapes, and colors to express her spontaneous process.

“When I use the same technique with a different pattern or color, I become amazed by how unique the pieces are,” Charles said. “I enjoy the difference behind all of them, because I get a chance to create freely with my own imagination.”

Gallery hours are:
Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Thursday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Friday from noon until 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Tom Richard, professor of art at (870) 460-1338.