2019 Guest Speaker
Professor Bryan Massey Sr.
This year we are honored to announce that Professor Bryan Massey Sr. will be our keynote speaker for our 2019 Arkansas Young Artists Associations convention.
A native of North Carolina, Professor Massey has lived in Arkansas since 1988 with his wife Delphine. They have two daughters and one son. Massey is a professor of art and has recently been promoted to serve as the art department chair at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He has taught at the University of Central Arkansas for the last 30 years teaching and inspiring many artists.
As an artist, Professor Massey is primarily a stone carver who works with a variety of stone including alabaster, soapstone, limestone, marble, and granite. He also casts iron, bronze, and aluminum as well as working in the fabrication of steel sculptures. As an artist, Professor Massey is internationally known and has won many awards in his career. He received the Arkansas Governor’s Award for Individual Artist of the Year in 2006. He was selected as one of 84 African American artists nationally for inclusion in a new book called Studios and Work Spaces of Black American Artists. He is the artist behind the Sidney S. McMath Memorial in Little Rock, the Silas Herbert Hunt Memorial in Fayetteville and other works in Little Rock’s Riverfront Park, Carti Cancer Center’s Sculpture Garden and the Grammy Music Hall of Fame.