Kevin Arnold: Bastion Gallery Artist in Residence

Tuesday, February 12, Fort Smith, AR – 64.6 Downtown and Bastion Gallery are pleased to announce artist in residence Kevin Arnold has set up studio at Bastion Gallery. He will open his first solo exhibition in Fort Smith at Bastion on Friday, March 1 entitled Image Surface.

This exhibition explores humanities curiosity with the surfaces on which paintings are made. More than a window or another electronic screen, the viewer encounters the painting as a visceral thing, an image to be deciphered as physical evidence of its creator.


Moving forwards and back, rising and sinking, Arnold’s work emphasizes the tensions created when the illusion of the tangible pushes up against the pictorial plane just slight of breaking through. At times, he exploits the artifice by painting the subject to a level of realism that disrupts the viewers habits of looking.

In addition to working out of the Gallery and exhibiting artwork, Arnold has created Faction Studio Series, a new breed of art classes that fosters partnerships with regional university art faculty to propose and offer their own 6-week art course. The first series begins with Figurative Space: An accelerated approach to learning to draw the human form. Classes begin March 7th from 6-9pm every Thursday, taught by Arnold. All skill levels are welcome.

Faction Studios is a place where any person regardless of their age, gender, socio-economic background and skill level can find access to University level instruction at a fraction of the cost. Faction Studios location will change throughout the year based on class size and needs. For more information about Faction Studios and classes email

About Kevin Arnold

Kevin Arnold graduated from the University of Arkansas and received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has served as faculty for UAFS, University of Arkansas, Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. His work has been featured in multiple issues of New American paintings and exhibits nationally and internationally. For additional information contact

About Bastion Gallery

Bastion Gallery is contemporary art gallery in downtown Fort Smith. Founded in 2018, Bastion’s goal is to serve the community by illuminating the diverse and multi-disciplinary arts which comprise the area while presenting international artists. Bastion is a space that showcases art, hosts events and builds a safe and inclusive environment for a creative community to flourish. For more information email

About 64.6 Downtown

64.6 Downtown is a nonprofit founded in 2015 by Fort Smith entrepreneur Steve Clark with the purpose of creating vibrant spaces in downtown Fort Smith to further economic development. It’s responsible for Garrison Commons, downtown’s only pocket park, the award winning short documentary I AM WE, and the award winning The Unexpected –  bringing urban and contemporary art to Arkansas. For additional information visit or email

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