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Lyon College Art Sale at the Mabee-Simpson Library, March 14-15

The Lyon College Clay Club and Art Student League are teaming up for a Lyon College Art Sale taking place from 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, at the Mabee-Simpson Library. There will be multiple tables set up with different works to purchase from including pottery, paintings, prints, stickers, and more!

“I’m really excited about having an on-campus art sale,” said Kim Ho, Art, Computer Science, and Data Science triple major and Clay Club President. “Lyon College’s art students are so incredibly talented, and the College’s Art department does a great job of providing avenues for students to grow.”

Kim said events like these help promote dialogue and interaction with artwork which in her experience, “is really encouraging.”

“Currently six students have signed up to sell work, and each of these students would have their own table space,” said Kim. “Student-work wise, we have around 60 pottery pieces ready with 40-50 more ready to be fired. Apart from that, there will be at least 10-15 drawings, approximately 10 stickers, and 5-10 paintings and prints.”

In addition to each student-led table, KILT Radio plans to have a table selling bandanas with screen-printed designs, and the Art Student League will have their own table with t-shirts showcasing manhole prints from around campus.

The money raised throughout the event will not only benefit the students, but also their respective departments. 10% of all sales of student work will go toward Lyon College’s Art department, while The Kilted Kiln and Clay Club’s funds will go fully towards the ceramics department. The Art Student League’s sales will be used to fund future art events.

“This is an opportunity to showcase our art in a less structured fashion, compared to gallery exhibits, and gain more exposure,” said Kim.

Posted by Colton Strader at Monday, March 13, 2023

Lyon College Music department to host 10th annual World Music Night

The Lyon College Music department will host its 10th annual World Music Night on Thursday, March 16, at 5 p.m. in the Bevens Music Room of the Brown Fine Arts Building on the Lyon College campus, 2300 Highland Rd., Batesville.

The free event is open to the public.

The event will celebrate music from around the world with special guest performers, including Jon Healey, Dr. Matthew Lebrato, Garrett Russell, Logan Richerson and Paul Houck, as well as the Lyon College Recorder Consort.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Oriatti at Michael.Oriatti@lyon.edu.


Posted by Carol Langston at Friday, March 10, 2023

Bank of Cave City to provide Lyon College scholarships for two area students

The Bank of Cave City and Lyon College recently announced the establishment of a new Bank of Cave City Scholarship program at Lyon College. Two graduating seniors from area school districts will be awarded a $2,500 Lyon College scholarship for the fall 2023 semester.

“We’re excited to encourage and reward local students for pursuing higher education,” said John Beller, president of the Bank of Cave City. “The college’s focus on citizenship and its faculty and staff help connect students to Batesville and the greater North Central Arkansas region.”

All graduating seniors from Cave City High School, Batesville High School, Southside High School, Hillcrest High School and Cedar Ridge High School are eligible to apply for a Bank of Cave City Scholarship.

"Small, private colleges have a very special, unique relationship with their surrounding communities,” said Lyon College Vice President for Advancement Dr. David Hutchison. “We are partners in sustainably growing our community, partners in progress and partners in mutually supporting each other. We are thankful for the vision that the leadership of the Bank of Cave City and other leaders have in our region for a stronger Batesville and a more vibrant North Central Arkansas.”

To apply, students should complete the application at https://form.jotform.com/230453774609057 and attach a 500-word essay on the topic: "How your mission in life will contribute to the common good."

For more information, please contact Lyon College Vice President for Advancement Dr. David Hutchison at David.Hutchison@lyon.edu.

at Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Standing Room Only for Lyon College Annual Juried Student Exhibition

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But even by that logic, we aren’t sure 37,000 words would be enough to truly encapsulate Lyon College’s 2023 juried student art exhibition, which took place Thursday night, March 2, in the Kresge Gallery of the Alphin Humanities Building on the Lyon College campus.

Thirty-seven pieces of art, out of 84 entries, adorned the walls of the gallery, each bringing its own unique style and story to a packed house of eager viewers. With standing room only, the gallery was a sight to behold, as students, faculty, staff and community members all joined together for the evening.

Professor of Art Dustyn Bork said that this year’s show had the greatest number of entries since his arrival at Lyon College in 2010. He also remarked it was “definitely the largest audience at any Kresge Gallery reception since the pandemic began.”

“I would say anecdotally, I cannot remember a larger audience or turnout for a Kresge Gallery reception since I have been here at Lyon,” said Bork. “It was impressive and inspiring. I know the students appreciated it, and they felt very loved and supported.”

After giving the audience ample time to view and appreciate each piece of art on the walls, Bork addressed the crowd to announce the beginning of the night’s award ceremony. This year’s guest juror, award winning professional artist Crystal Jennings, from Pine Bluff, not only selected the initial 37 pieces of art to be exhibited from the pool of 84, but also provided detailed reasoning as to her selections for those receiving awards.

“Thank you for inviting me to be juror for this year’s Lyon College juried student art exhibition,” said Jennings. “I am honored to be selecting the pieces and awards. It was not an easy task as there was an abundance of excellence among the submitted work.”

Jennings congratulated not only those receiving awards that night, but each and every student who entered the show. Jennings extensively deliberated on each piece and picked a recipient for each of the following awards: first place, second place, third place and two honorable mentions.

Two other awards were delivered; the Adler-Love Purchase Prize, chosen by Kenton Adler, director of development for Scottish Heritage, and his wife Nancy Love, ‘12, and the Presidential Purchase Award, chosen by the president of the College, Dr. Melissa P. Taverner.

The first-place award, alongside a $250 prize, was received by Donna Terrell, Computer Science and Art double major from Batesville, with a submission titled “Open Hands,” showcasing a wonderful portrait created using colored pencil, digital and magazine paper collage.

“The composition of this piece is quite intense without being overwhelming,” wrote Jennings. “There is a narrative embedded in the work that is clearly up to the viewer to create, encouraged by the enticing imagery. The portraiture aspect demonstrates excellent mark making and technical use of color pencil which is quite difficult. The collage elements create interesting shapes that work well with the movement of the gesturing portrait. This is overall excellent work.”

The second-place award, alongside a $150 prize, was received by Caroline McCreight, Art and Spanish double major from Little Rock, with a submission titled “They Named a Boat After My Sister and Me,” which utilizes a multitude of mediums including acrylic, pen, cut paper, ink, embroidery thread, doily, glitter, jewelry, confetti and decorative fishing rod. 

“This piece is creativity at its best and a great example of storytelling through artwork,” wrote Jennings. “It feels like a bit of familial history which is excellently portrayed through mixed media. From the figurative painting and fish details to the use of a fishing rod for the wall hanging, it is chock full of eye candy.”

The third-place award, alongside a $50 prize, was received by Kim Ho, Art, Computer Science and Data Science triple major from Sulphur Rock, with a submission titled “Odd One Out,” showcasing five wheel-thrown ceramic pieces.

“Simply put, very lovely, clean ceramic work that demonstrates mastery of the medium,” wrote Jennings.

One of the two honorable mention awards was received by Thomas Osborn, Art and English double major from Greenbrier, with a submission titled, “Bus,” utilizing acrylic on canvas.

“The use of strong rectangular shapes throughout the piece is compelling,” wrote Jennings. “The disproportionate head and bold use of color give this painting an interesting modern look which is very enjoyable.”

The second honorable mention award of the night was received by Summer Woods of Cave City with a submission titled, “Eye Am Everything,” utilizing acrylic and alcohol markers on canvas.

“This piece is trippy and colorful with fantastic use of the medium,” wrote Jennings. “The circular design lends itself to great composition which keeps the viewer’s eye glued inside the illustration and ready to explore the piece.”

The Adler-Love Purchase Award was received by Taja Showers, Art and Spanish double major from Front Royal, Virginia. Showers’ piece “Beholder” utilizes acrylic paint on canvas.

The Presidential Purchase Award was received by Rachel Tyler, Art and Biology double major from Hot Springs, with a submission titled, “Chemistry.” “Chemistry” will now live on Lyon College’s campus joining the prestigious works of art that have come before it, although the exact location has yet to be determined.

“I’m not an artist, but things make me feel things,” said Taverner. “When I see something, if it speaks to me, I feel it almost immediately. When I saw this piece, it was pure, unabashed joy. That’s something that means a lot to me, and we are going to put it somewhere where I can see it a lot.”

After the award presentation, Taverner shared a few parting thoughts on the event and the talent that each student had brought forth and showcased.

“One final thing for all of the artists here,” said Taverner. “You are extraordinary. You have amazing eyes and amazing voices. Please don’t be silent. Please don’t ever stop the art that you make. Your art is exactly what our world needs, so thank you all.”

After the applause died down, Bork addressed the audience for one more special announcement: the red dots. Throughout the reception, small, red dots had been appearing on the placards of different art pieces scattered throughout the gallery. As the night wore on, more and more dots appeared. As Bork revealed, these red dots signified that the works of art they resided on had sold!

“Students have sold 15 pieces from the exhibition so far,” said Bork. “More are available and affordable, with all proceeds going to the individual students. Kresge Gallery does not take a commission.”

To view the available pieces, check out the event album at https://www.flickr.com/photos/lyoncollegescots/albums/72177720306507372. Those who would like to purchase a piece of art or learn more about it can contact Bork at dustyn.bork@lyon.edu

As for future shows, Bork and the Lyon College Art department already have the 2024 juried student art exhibition in their sights. Their goal is to continue increasing partnerships throughout the surrounding area to better showcase the talent inherent in Batesville and the surrounding communities.

“I thought it was significant that two of the seven awardees were students from the University of Arkansas Community College Batesville, and four students out of the 25 exhibiting artists were transfers or are current students from UACCB,” said Bork.

With 2024’s event outlook already looking good, we can’t wait to see what works of art hit the walls of Kresge Gallery next!

Posted by Colton Strader at Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Lyon College to host director of Vatican Observatory for lecture on ‘Science, Religion and the Art of Storytelling'

In anticipation of next year’s total solar eclipse, Lyon College will host Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, director of the Vatican Observatory, for a spring convocation presentation entitled “Science, Religion and the Art of Storytelling” on Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. in the Nucor Auditorium of the Lyon Business and Economics Building on the Lyon College campus, 2300 Highland Rd., Batesville.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

“What do astronomy, religion and science fiction all have in common? They are all interested in the big questions; and they also all depend on the art of storytelling to present their strange and wonderful ideas in ways that people can understand, appreciate and evaluate,” said Dr. Consolmagno in describing the lecture. “In this talk, we'll examine why stories are fundamental to our understanding of religion; when being a good storyteller is essential in doing science; and how the way we tell these stories influences how we think about the big ideas.”

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Consolmagno earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps (Kenya), and taught university physics at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuits in 1989. At the Vatican Observatory since 1993, Pope Francis appointed Dr. Consolmagno director of the Observatory in 2015.

Dr. Consolmagno’s research explores connections between meteorites, asteroids and the evolution of small solar system bodies. He has observed Kuiper Belt objects with the Vatican’s 1.8-meter telescope in Arizona, and measured meteorite physical properties to understand asteroid origins and structure. Along with more than 250 scientific publications, he is the author of a dozen popular books including “Turn Left at Orion” (with Dan Davis) and “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?” (with Paul Mueller). In 2000, the International Astronomical Union named asteroid 4597 Consolmagno in recognition of his work. In 2014, he received the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences.

"Brother Guy is an internationally known astronomer and a serious thinker about the interactions between science and religion,” said Dr. Barry Gehm, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry and member of the Lyon College Convocation Committee. “He is also an outstanding speaker who never fails to fascinate. We are very lucky to have him speaking at Lyon College."

Lyon College students, faculty, staff and guests gather regularly for academic convocations and lectures on issues relevant to Lyon College, the community or society at large.

Those who are unable to attend in person are invited to view the lecture online at

For more information about the presentation, please contact Dr. Barry Gehm at Barry.Gehm@lyon.edu.

at Tuesday, February 28, 2023