Art Ventures NWA

Art Gallery & Artist Studios in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Images Courtesy of Chuck Turley with Go Point, Shoot, Photography

Art Ventures Gallery January 2018 Exhibition:

Return to roots -- paintings, photographs & Nature's design

Art Ventures & UA Libraries Collaborate January 21st 1:00 - 3:00PM
Everyone Welcome...Open and Free to the Public

John Womack returns to his roots in Northwest Arkansas as a painter after a long career as a professor of architecture, a practicing architect and student and protégé of E Fay Jones. This exhibition, Return to Roots – Paintings, Photographs & Nature’s Design, features John Womack’s exquisite watercolors of the “interaction between buildings and landscape that has intrigued him for as long as he can remember…”
Photographer Heather Chilson’s photographic work shares adjoining space and takes us on a similar journey that reflects the beauty of time. 
Andy Baugus’ Art Tables and Living Furnishings rise up from the roots within our midst too.


John is a native of Springdale, Arkansas where he graduated from Springdale High School in 1968. He has degrees in art and architecture from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville (1973) and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma (1994). From 1973 to 1983 he worked with world-renowned architect Fay Jones and in 1983 opened his own architectural office in Fayetteville. In 1987 he became an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas School Of Architecture, and in 1995 joined the architecture faculty at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. His award-winning architectural designs, drawings and watercolors have been published nationally and internationally and appear in many private collections. His book, Once Upon A Highway, Route 66 in Oklahoma, with text and illustrations by John, was published by New Forums Press in 2006. John retired from OSU in 2016 as Emeritus Professor of Architecture. He now pursues his love of painting in watercolor at his Stillwater studio on Berry Pond.

About The Work


Heather was born and raised in South Dakota and relocated to Northwest Arkansas in 2005. She uses a collection of film cameras that date back to the 1930’s and she also shoots and works in the digital platform. From her initial interest, Heather sought to use photography to capture the beauty of time, which she looked for in inanimate objects rather than in people or living things. Her work is still focused on using photography to capture her impression of the beauty of age in the field as she makes solo treks through the countryside and later when she enjoys the process of developing her own film and images in her home-made darkroom.
About The Work


Andy is a Fayetteville native and proprietor of 2nd Life Wood who has been milling large wood slabs and making art furniture for over 23 years in Northwest Arkansas. He harvests and uses many different species of indigenous hardwoods including walnut, oak, cherry, maple, elm, box elder, and many others. He gathers trees removed for construction sites and also trees that are storm damaged or dead standing. Baugus rescues wood that would be considered useless and turns them into fine pieces of furniture. His work can be found in businesses and private collections throughout Northwest Arkansas.
About The Work

Celebrating the Arts in Northwest Arkansas

We depend on the support of patrons, donors and volunteers to bring exciting exhibitions, engaging collaborations, artist talks (Salon Sundays), and community groups into the Gallery where a special view of our quality of life adds an uplifting dimension to every individual. As we strive to normalize public engagement in the arts as a routine practice, we believe that a sense of pride, belonging and ownership is created within the community, and we get closer to achieving our vision.

Thank You to our Incredible Sponsors & PARTNERS!

Walmart Foundation Sponsors Fayetteville Underground
Fayetteville Advertising & Promotions Support Fayetteville Underground
Windgate Charitable Foundation Supports Fayetteville Underground
NWA Democrat-Gazette supports Fayetteville Underground
Arkansas Art Council Supports Fayetteville Underground
Crystal Bridges is a Partner of Fayetteville Underground
KUAF partners with Fayetteville Underground
Fayetteville Library partners with Fayetteville Underground
Fossil Cove Partners with Fayetteville Underground


Fayetteville Art Alliance is proud to announce receipt of a $42,000 Walmart Foundation Grant to support Fayetteville Art Alliance’s Community Exhibitions and Programming for 2017. This Walmart grant allows the Art Ventures Gallery to produce Art Exhibitions and Programming that uplift the quality of life in our communities by promoting visual art, artists, education and public engagement in the arts.


Fayetteville Art Alliance is proud to announce receipt of a 2-Year $50,000 Windgate Charitable Foundation Grant. This Windgate grant allows the Art Ventures Gallery to produce Art Exhibitions and Programming that uplift the quality of life in our communities by promoting visual art, education and public engagement in the arts.
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