Jason Stopa in "Any Given Sunday" at Fine Arts Center Gallery, Univ. of Arkansas

Nov 3 - Dec 8, 2015

Nov. 14, 2015

Mark Bradford, Craig Drennen, Chie Fueki, Jason Stopa, Hank Willis Thomas, and Wendy White

The American sports journalist and author, Robert Lipsyte, argued in his 1975 book, SportsWorld, that competitive athletics hold a unique position in our culture. One in which a game can offer an alternative world that can be viewed as sacred, as well as provide refuge. Even after forty years, the debate regarding the role of competitive sports continues within our society. Regardless of one's opinion on this topic, it is undeniable that many of our prominent cultural symbols are linked to professional althetes or organizations. Any Given Sunday showcases a small group of artists who call attention to sports related imagery as a way to explore cultural topics such as the mass media, celebrity, race, and gender.

Curated by Marc Mitchell

Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas
340 N. Garland
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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About the artists: Jason Stopa (USA b. 1983) received his BFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2007) and his MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (2010). Recent solo exhibitions include Double Trouble (Hionas Gallery, New York, NY) in 2015 and The Brooklyn Zoo (Novella Gallery, New York, NY) in 2014. He was also included in the group exhibition Surface Matters (Fouldadi Projects, San Franscisco, CA) in 2015 and is currently exhibiting in The New New at Diane Rosenstein, Los Angeles. Stopa lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.