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Art of the South Exhibition spotlights Dustyn Bork

The sixth annual Art of the South Exhibition is taking shape, and a Lyon College associate professor of art is among the artists featured.

Prof. Dustyn Bork said his featured piece, “Shape No. 7,” was created during his artist residency in Vermont and came out of his shape theory series. The piece was previously featured in his “Complex Shapes & Empty Spaces” solo exhibition in March at the Arts and Science Center (ASC) for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff.

Bork said this exhibition is special to him because he used to be on the board of directors for Number: Inc., an independent journal of the arts for Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.

“I’ve been off the board for four years, but I stay in touch,” Bork said. “They organize this exhibition to highlight artists of the South and to display the unique sensibilities of contemporary Southern artists.”

The exhibition, on display through Saturday, July 14, at the Memphis College of Art, will feature 49 works by 50 artists from 16 states and one district. The gallery hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

The opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7.

The exhibition is juried by artist and educator Bethany Springer, an associate professor in sculpture at the University of Arkansas.

“It is a great opportunity to have your work selected,” Bork said, “and to be represented with a great lineup of artists.”