THEA launches Young Professional Series, debut features Dustyn Bork and Carly Dahl

This November, the Thea Foundation will launch the first of a quarterly series of art exhibitions, called “The Art

Department,” to be accompanied by opening receptions targeting the young professional community. The

first of the series will feature the works of Dustyn Bork and Carly Dahl in “The Picture Never Changes.” The

exhibition will be on display and open to public viewing in the Thea Gallery from October 28 - November 22,

and will kick off with “The Art Department” reception for young professionals on Thursday, November 7, from

6:30 to 9:00pm. $10 at the door covers heavy hors d’oeuvres, quality libations, one-on-one conversation with

the artists, and a live performance from the Funk a Nites. Get $3 off the cover charge with the event password,

to be revealed to followers of the Thea Foundation on Facebook and Twitter at 5pm on November 7.

“The Picture Never Changes” combines printmaking and painting and is a collaboration between Bork, whose

work “is deceptively simple with underlying motifs that explore cultural notions of pattern, color, and design,”

and Dahl, whose work “pictures psychological pressures and gender identities women deal with in society.” A

husband-and-wife duo, Dahl and Bork collaborate frequently and enjoy their respective positions as Kresge

Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art, both at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark.

Dahl is from Monroe, Mich., and earned a BFA in printmaking from the University of Toledo, Ohio. She works

mostly in printmaking and painting with hand-drawn details. “The subjects’ faces are left blank so that the

figures represented could potentially be any woman, and the viewer can project herself or others into the

artwork,” in the artist’s words. More at

Bork is also from Monroe, Mich., and received his MFA in printmaking from Indiana University in Bloomington

in 2002. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including the Butler Center at the Arkansas Studies

Institute, Hendrix College, the Art Museum of University of Memphis, and the Hunterdon Museum of Art in

New Jersey. He has also participated in international projects, including artist residencies at the Franz

Masereel Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium, in August of 2008 and at MIRA in Martignano, Italy, in May 2011. More


“The Picture Never Changes” will also be featured during the Argenta ArtWalk on Friday, November 15, from

5:00 to 8:00pm. The Argenta ArtWalk is free and open to the pubic. The Thea Foundation is located at 401

Main Street, Suite 100, North Little Rock. Gallery hours are M - F, 9am - 12pm, 1 - 5pm. For more information

about this event, visit or call 501-379-9512.