OZ Art NWA has acquired three artworks by Helen Oji from Estrada Fine Art. These highly regarded paintings from Oji’s “Kimono” series were first exhibited at the Monique Knowlton Gallery in New York in 1982 and will be on view on a rotating basis in Bentonville, Ark. Japanese American artist Oji burst onto the 1980s New York art scene with her “Kimono” series shortly after moving there in 1976 from her hometown of Sacramento, Calif. Oji has folded multiple sheets of paper in what she has described as a “pseudo-origami process” to build kimono-shaped canvases that were then thickly layered with acrylic and rhoplex to incorporate textured, arresting images of Japanese iconography and natural phenomena, like volcanos and swarms of bees.
Following the recent celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art looks to the future today with the announcement that Olivia Walton will become the new chairperson of the museum’s board of directors. Founder Alice Walton, who has held the chairperson role since the museum’s opening, will transition into the position of board member.
With an ongoing mission to make art part of everyday life, OZ Art NWA™ recently installed six major public artworks at Osage Park. These new commissions and recent acquisitions imbue the natural setting with visually enriched experiences. The public art at Osage Park was organized for OZ Art NWA by curator and art historian Chad Alligood.
OZ Art NWA and Justkids have partnered to bring artist Ouizi to Bentonville for a large public art installation. The mural is located in downtown Bentonville on the corner of Main and 2nd Streets. Ouizi began her work March 30th and took two weeks to complete.