Thursday, August 9, 2012

Meet the Arkadelphia Mural Team

It's our first week here in Arkadelphia and we're off to a great start. Arriving as clouds parted and a rainbow appeared directly above downtown, we felt welcomed from the moment we crossed the Caddo River on our way into town.
Below are introductions to the three main members of our mural team.

Project Coordinator  - Farrell Ford
Long-time resident of Arkadelphia, Farrell Ford is the Executive Director of the Clark County Arts and Humanities Council and President of the Caddo River Art Guild.  Before her 'retirement' (clearly she's anything but retired) she spent many years teaching art and as a counselor in Arkadelphia's public schools. Farrell is a benevolent task master with a heart of gold and we are grateful for her leadership. 

Mural Assistant - Ashley Laird
Ashley is a professional muralist who's latest mural titled "Reanimating the Arts in Topeka" is on the Great Mural Wall of Topeka. She is the recipient of the 2012  Arts Advocate Award from the Topeka YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment and recently showed one of her drawings in New York City at the soho20 Gallery for the exhibition "Backlash."  She received her BFA from Washburn University in 2011. You can see more of her work at

 Arkansas Mural Apprentice - Jordan Karpe

Jordan, a native of Little Rock, graduated summa cum laude with a BFA from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in 2011. His senior thesis project was the design and execution of a mural for the Jefferson D. Farris Hall Dormitory. He has worked as a Resident Assistant for the Upward Bound Program and is currently illustrating a collection of essays by Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Dr. Norbert Schedler.

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