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Museum School Faculty

Name Subject Website Biography
Zina Al-Sukri Painting  
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Zina Haydar Al-Shukri combines materials to emphasize the essence and emotional qualities of individual people. Her process takes into consideration the notions of transition, conflicts, and hybridity in relation to culture and religion, individuality and shared experience, psychology and social determination. Zina’s portrait practice provides a vibrational “check-in” to create a space for dialogue and expression of feelings, illustrating the relationship between the subjects and their experience of social conditions. Exhibitions include the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Patricia Sweetow Gallery and Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco. She received a B.A from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006 and an M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts in 2009.
Kristin Andrews-Karr Printmaking
 
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Kristin Andrews-Karr is a printmaker who dabbles in drawing and ink painting. I like to create work centered around nostalgia, introspection, and colorful daydreams. I live here in Little Rock, Arkansas alongside my wife and our menagerie of animals, who offer plenty of entertainment and inspiration.
Robert Bean Drawing Link to Website
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Robert Bean grew up on the pulpy pages of comic books, inspired by the dramatic stories and images he found there. That influence exists to this day, infusing his work with narrative and keeping his focus on the figure. After receiving his degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Robert spent the next twelve years building up his art career, acting as curator/gallerist for three exhibition programs in non-traditional venues, teaching and sharing his love of drawing, and exhibiting his work across the United States. His work can be found in both public and private collections nationwide. Robert serves as an instructor of figure drawing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and as the Department Chair of Painting and Drawing at the Museum School of the Arkansas Arts Center.
Nick Blain
Ceramics  
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Nick Blain has worked for the Arkansas Arts Center as Ceramics Studio Assistant since 2019. His ceramics and paintings are playful and energetic, and he has a talent for coming up with unique decoration and a love for pattern. You can find his work at South Main Creative in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Joel Boyd
Painting  
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Joel Boyd has been working as a fine art painter for more than ten years. Working with clients, Joel’s commissioned paintings range from portraits and landscapes on canvas to large-scale murals on historic buildings. In November of 2019, Boyd was selected by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership to execute his large-scale mural titled "City Dreamers". Boyd received his B.F.A in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. After living and working in Chicago for a couple of years, Boyd accepted a position as a K-12 art teacher in his hometown of Rector, Arkansas. He now lives in Little Rock working out of his home studio and teaches classes for the Arkansas Arts Center.
Kelly Edwards
Ceramics
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Kelly Edwards has been teaching ceramics at the Arkansas Arts Center since 1999. Kelly attended the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and is currently working on her B.A. in Fine Arts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. You will find Kelly humble, down-to-earth, and passionate about her work. Her art has been recognized in Inviting Arkansas and At Home in Arkansas, and it was displayed in former President Clinton’s temporary office during the two-year construction of his Presidential Library. Kelly enjoys collaborating with several local interior designers. She lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas, with her two children.
Beth Lambert
Ceramics
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Beth Lambert attended Hendrix College and continued her art education at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. She has been teaching ceramics at the Arkansas Arts Center since 2005. Her work is available at the Galleries at Library Square, Little Rock Arkansas and Fox Pass Pottery in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Beth is currently serving as the Associate Director of the Museum School over 3-D Programs.
Justin Tyler-Bryant
New and Other
 
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Born in Stuttgart, Arkansas, Justin Tyler-Bryant received his B.F.A in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2012 and his MFA in Studio Art from Louisiana State University in 2018. He has taken courses at Penland School of Craft, Ox-bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, the Art Students League in New York and he was also a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (’17). Justin’s recent work investigates the past and present imagery of African Americans to reflect a multi-contextual narrative of poetry, personal narrative, and history. In his work, he uses found objects, painting, drawing, and video to suggest a fugitive notion of blackness. Justin has shown at the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Zoe B. Art Center in Chicago Illinois, Ten Gallery in New Orleans, Michigan State University’s LookOut! Art Gallery, and the Thea Arts Foundation.
Miranda Young
Printmaking
 
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Miranda Young graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A in Printmaking. She has taught Youth classes and programs and Printmaking classes in the Museum School for 15 years and is currently serving as the Associate Director of the Museum School over 2-D Programs and Youth Programs.
 
 

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