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The exhibition “How to Measure a Forest: works on paper” will be on display from Aug. 22 through Oct. 21 in the Fred and Mary Smith Exhibition Gallery in Vol Walker Hall on the University of Arkansas campus. This is part of the public exhibition series in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.

An opening reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, and the public is invited to attend.

This is a new body of work by Laura Terry, an associate professor of architecture in the Fay Jones School. This exhibition features nearly 30 pieces — the smallest just 4 by 4 inches and the largest 48 by 72 inches, with all sizes in between. The intent of the work is to show the forest at micro and macro scales, so some pieces are at the scale of the bark while others reveal the forest from a distance.

This exhibit explores the forest as subject through drawings and paintings completed over the last three years. Through direct observations and experiences, photographs and memories, Terry presents the forest as a tapestry of textures, patterns and colors. The pieces portray the forest as more than simply a collection of trees. Instead, the drawings and paintings offer inspections both close and distant, singular and multiple, elemental and integral. “How to Measure a Forest” is a personal journey on our symbiotic relationship with trees.

This exhibit was made possible through a Grant for Creative Research and Practice from the Fay Jones School. Terry’s work has been exhibited nationally in juried exhibitions and is held in public and private collections in the United States, England and Japan. Her painting, “Ozarks Landscape, Late Summer,” is featured in the current edition of the art and literary journal Humana Obscura. More information on her work is available at

Admission to the exhibition is free. The exhibition gallery is located on the first floor of Vol Walker Hall, and it is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The University of Arkansas is closed on Sept. 5 for the Labor Day holiday.

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  • Stuart Reaves
  • Chris Randle
  • Kinslee Moore
  • Bethany Kiele

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