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New exhibit features Conway artist

A new exhibit by Conway sculptor Bryan Winfred Massey, Sr. is on display in the Bank of the Ozarks Gallery in Ottenheimer Library on the Main campus.

Massey, who is an art professor at the University of Central Arkansas, gave a gallery talk on Feb. 22 about his work. Although he is primarily a stone carver, he also casts in iron, bronze and aluminum. He was recently commissioned to design and sculpt a memorial honoring Silas H. Hunt, the first African American allowed into the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's Law School in 1948.

Some of Massey's other well-known works include a 10-foot bronze memorial honoring former Arkansas Governor Sidney S. McMath. The memorial is on the grounds of the McMath Library in west Little Rock.

Massey also was commissioned by former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in Little Rock to sculpt a portrait of Clinton playing his saxophone.  Reproductions of the original "Clinton Blues" are sold at the Clinton Museum Store in Little Rock. In 2009, his work  "The Jazz Player" was purchased and given to President Bill Clinton at the fifth anniversary celebration of the Clinton Presidential Library and is on permanent display at the Little Rock Vogel-Schwarz Sculpture Garden.

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