Student Work


Hello, and welcome to the Art Department Website at the University of Arkansas — Fort Smith. This site has been built as a resource for new and current students in Studio Art and Graphic Design at UAFS. You can easily find classes in your discipline, look at course descriptions, find educational resources, discover what's new in your area of study and more. Take a moment, if you have not done so, and connect to our Facebook page so you can stay on top of the latest alerts and announcements. If you need any help, our faculty are here for you. Contact us with your questions, we are ready to help you. We look forward to seeing you in the studio!



Art in Paris Group View Cluny

UAFS art students are now devotees to the famous lyric penned by the American songwriter, Cole Porter: “I love Paris in the Springtime.” Nine students joined Dr. Mary B. Shepard on a ten-day trip over Spring Break to the City of Light as part of the semester-long course, “Art in Paris.” It’s all about studying works of art in the original—from the ancient Roman baths to a contemporary installation of columns by Daniel Buren. “Truly, there is no better way to understand art,” observed Jordan Beshoner. Well-known sites such as the Sainte-Chapelle and the Palace of Versailles and museums like the Louvre and the d’Orsay were integral parts of the itinerary, but so were lesser-known gems like the only surviving art nouveau pavilion designed at the turn of the twentieth century by Hector Guimard for the Paris subway system. Rebecca Carolan summed up her feelings this way: “This experience has made me much more motivated. . . I feel now like I have the courage to test my ideas.” Continue reading…

Major kudos for UAFS GRDS students!


Graphic Design students at UAFS received critical acclaim at the annual Fort Smith American Advertising Awards ceremony held this past Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Holiday Inn City Center.  A grand total of 23 Addys were won by 14 students, including 5 gold, 12 silver, and 6 bronze Addys. In addition to the gold, silver and bronze awards, a Special Judges Award and Best in Show Student Award was won by senior design student Brooke Cagle of Fort Smith. Colin McLain, assistant graphic design professor at UAFS, said, “Once again, our students are demonstrating their talent and commitment to excellence in the design field. The American Advertising Awards event provides a great opportunity for professionals to view quality student work, and also gives students the chance to network and establish ties to the design industry.”

All student and professional Gold Addys will be forwarded to the 10th District AAA competition in Austin, TX, where they will compete against other student and professional entries from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. Entries receiving gold at the district level will then move forward to compete at the national level, a competition that has become somewhat familiar with UAFS GRDS students, who’ve won national gold and silver Addys in the past.

Winning UAFS students include: Lee Actkinson of Van Buren (3 silver Addys), Brooke Cagle of Fort Smith (2 gold Addys, 1 Special Judges Award, 1 Best in Show Student Award, 1 bronze Addy professional division), Kristina Davis of Fort Smith (1 bronze Addy), Melina von Hacht of Van Buren (1 bronze Addy), Danielle Kling of Muldrow OK (2 silver Addys), Ngoc Nguyen of Fort Smith (2 gold Addys), Leonardo Padilla of Fort Smith (1 silver Addy), June Pham of Fort Smith (1 silver Addy), Kristin Phatthong of Fort Smith (1 silver Addy), Jarrod Ramsey of Fort Smith (1 bronze Addy, 1 bronze Addy professional division), Maegan Riley of Fort Smith (1 gold Addy), Trent Welbern of Fort Smith (1 silver Addy), Ashley White of Charleston (1 silver Addy, 1 bronze Addy), and Janna Wilson of Alma (2 silver Addy).

Arlton Lowry to speak in March


Like Websites? Like User Experience Design? Like sophisticated portraits of people with bow ties and pipes? If so, then please join us as the Graphic Design Association welcomes Mr. Arlton Lowry to the UAFS campus, Baldor Technology Center, room 246 on Thursday, March 13th, 7:30pm. Arlton has been making websites since 2005 and has worked with numerous local, national, and global organizations like the Mozilla Foundation and LessEverything. In 2010 he helped start the annual BarCamp Conway community tech event and in 2012 he founded the annual Made by Few tech conference. Currently, he works as a Designer for Artletic, a craft design studio specializing in user interfaces for applications out of Colorado, and is also an Adjunct Professor of Art at the University of Arkansas – Little Rock. And while we can’t actually guarantee the presence of pipes and bow ties, we can say that this will be an informative and entertaining talk. Don’t miss out!

Cross Cultural Buffet


The Packaging Design class at UAFS swapped snack food items with Japanese exchange students on Wednesday. This meeting of the taste buds kicked off a project in which design students will redevelop typical Western snack food packaging into a product that would fit seamlessly on the shelves of a Japanese food market.  Colin McLain, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design developed this project in conjunction with the UAFS Office of International Relations to increase cultural awareness in our design students. The project gives them an opportunity to research the differences in Eastern and Western branding and marketing.