The Conway Public Art Committee will present a retrospective covering more than 60 years in the life of Gene Hatfield, professor of art emeritus at the University of Central Arkansas.

The paintings are on view at Conway City Hall, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Sept. 24 at 1201 Oak St. in Conway.

Hatfield will be honored in November as the recipient of the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts at an event at the Governor’s Mansion, sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council.

Hatfield is an artist and teacher whose best known work is the transformation of his Conway home into an art environment, the result of more than 40 years of working with recycled objects

Since his 1985 retirement from UCA, he has continued to work as an artist. He paints regularly with a class at UCA, exhibits work and develops sculpture from the variety of materials he continues to collect.

He has donated a large body of his work and works by other artists to the UCA Foundation. 

In 1955, Hatfield went on a tour of Western Europe, the first of many trips to Europe. Back in Arkansas, he met Nicole A. Wable, a native of Douai, France, then studying on a Fulbright grant at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. They married in 1957, and she became a professor of foreign language at UCA. They had three children.

The Hatfields visited Europe almost every summer during his teaching career. Many of the paintings in this exhibit are from that time.

The City Hall exhibits are a project of the Conway Public Art Committee. Members are Barbara Satterfield, Gayle Seymour, Becky Harris, Caroline Hanson and Bryan Patrick, the city’s director of planning and development. 

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