Meet the 2014 Thea Arts Festival's featured artist, Emily Wood.
Emily Wood holds a BA and a Master of Arts degree in Art. She has lived and worked in New York City and studied painting at the Art Students’ League of New York. Emily taught art in the Little Rock School District and is currently the Chair of the Painting and Drawing Department and an instructor at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. Emily’s work has been accepted into and won awards in juried exhibitions throughout the South and can be found in public and private collections across the United States. In 2011, she was named a “Women to Watch” by the Arkansas Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her work has been chosen for the Arkansas Arts Center’s Delta Exhibition for the past three years and earned a purchase award in the Arkansas Arts Council’s Small Works on Paper statewide touring exhibition in 2013. Recently, her work was awarded “Best of Show” by Juror David Houston at the South Arkansas Arts Center’s National Juried Art Competition. She currently has a solo exhibition, “The People There” hanging at the Arkansas Arts Center.
The piece to the right represents Emily as the featured artist and is the principal image of this year's festival. Titled Now Waaait a Minute, this painting is acrylic and graphite on oak panel and was created specifically for the Thea Arts Festival. You can see more of Emily's work at www.emilywoodart.com.