Delta Photography Exhibition Captures the Region’s Essence


Artists are thriving all around Arkansas, and regional exhibitions are helping to bring these talented individuals into the spotlight.

Ken Lambert, “Mississippi River”

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas recently held the opening reception for the 2019 Scenes Along the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway photography exhibition and announced the winners of the juried contest. During the reception, four Arkansas photographers were honored with awards for their fantastic photographs!

Nancy Abernathy, “Soybeans at Sunrise”

The Delta was well represented in the exhibition, with three of the top four winners hailing from the east and south parts of the region. Ken Lambert of Lake Village clinched the Best in Show award for his photograph “Mississippi River” and Nancy Abernathy of McGehee won first place for her photograph “Soybeans at Sunrise.”

Anita Walden was the lone Central Arkansas photographer on the winner’s dais, winning seonc place for her photograph “Delta Saxophonist at the Hot Tamale Festival.” Rounding out the list with third place, Kim Reese of Lake Village was awarded for her photograph “On the Bloom.”

Anita Walden, “Delta Saxophonist at the Hot Tamale Festival”

Over 20 pieces were selected for inclusion in the exhibition. Lisa Burton Tarver, a professional photographer based in El Dorado, served as the curator and juror, selecting the 27 pieces showcased in the exhibition and choosing the prize winners.

In her juror statement, Burton Tarver praised the photographers on creating a powerful sense of the Delta through the photographic medium. “I found in these photographs a powerful, nostalgic, mysterious, simplistic and haunting chapter of the story that is the Delta,” she wrote.

Kim Reese, “On the Bloom”

While the opening reception is past, that doesn’t mean you can’t still check these great photographs out! Drop by the Arts & Science Center’s International Paper Gallery during regular hours. The exhibition will remain open through Saturday, April 20, 2019.

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