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Reframed: Conceptual Drawings

August 10, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Photo of people reading books at tables and looking at art on a shelf in the Terri and Chuck Erwin Collections Research Center.

Reframed is a contemporary art class for adults that takes a deep dive into specific art movements and key artists within history. Art lovers learn how relationships, politics, and technology have influenced and shaped art through the ages while engaging and connecting with fellow art enthusiasts, and even enjoy special access to artwork in the permanent collection not currently on view in the galleries.

In this session, lecturer Brian Young, Director of the Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas, explores the evolution of conceptual drawings.

Going back to the Renaissance, drawings were often preparatory for larger, more complete, works in a different media. Famously, Renaissance Italian draftsmen discussed the difference between Disegno and Colore. Then, later with the growing use of pastels, watercolors, and silverpoint, drawings could be seen as finished works of art, even if abstracted. 

Small bites and refreshments will be available in the Glass Box during the class. Afterward, the class continues in the Terri and Chuck Erwin Collection Research Center where students can enjoy an exclusive viewing session of drawings from the permanent collection selected for discussion.

Live open captioning will be available during this event.

Photo by Iwan Baan

About Brian Young

Black and white headshot of Brian Young.

Since August of 2016, Brian Young has served as the director for the Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. He is also a lecturer in the Art and Design department (UCA).

From 1997 – 2016, Young has served as a curator of drawings and exhibitions for the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (formerly the Arkansas Arts Center), Little Rock, AR; Cranbrook Art Museum (CAM), Bloomfield Hills, MI; the Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD; the University of Maryland Global College (UMGC), Adelphi, MD; and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD.

From 2012 – 2016, Young taught art history at UMGC where he was Associate Adjunct Professor. Prior to that, Young served on the faculty of Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, and Salisbury University, Maryland.

In 2016, he completed a certificate in art appraisal studies from New York University. In the field of art history, Young’s specialties include drawings and contemporary art. He has written monographs on Arnold Bittleman (2004), James Hilleary (2012), Helen Zughaib (2015), and Akemi Maegawa (2016). Young has also curated two major fiber exhibitions: Hot House: Expanding the Field of Fiber, 1970-2007 (CAM, 2007) and Threads Through Time (UCA, 2020).

Event Details


$30 Members / $45 Non-Members


Glass Box