Katelyn Barry

Michael Peven

The 40 year legacy of a former photography professor and art department chair is celebrated in "Michael Peven: A Retrospective," now on display at the Fine Arts Center Gallery on the University of Arkansas campus.

Alongside his photography, the exhibit also includes glimpses into his unconventional interactive book art, visual narratives and perhaps his biggest triumph—his students’ successes.

Gospel singer Ruthie Foster was molded by her roots, and the spirit still draws her home to Austin, Texas, where she creates her own spin on gospel, blues, reggae and soul music. 

“It’s really about showing up, and being present, and having that will to want to be part of the energy that moves the room," Foster says. After trying her hand as a band singer and moving to New York to pursue her music, she found her way back to Texas as a solo perfomer. "I found myself, and I found my musical family in Texas."

Mantas Gudzinevicius

Many people have a special carol that gives them “that Christmas feeling every time,” but composer Oja Gjeilo took it to another level by arranging his favorite carols for his most recent project “Winter Songs.”

“I wanted to do something new with them that hasn’t necessarily been done before,” Gjeilo says. He combined his inspiration to compose for chorus with his experiences growing up in Norway to help put the project in motion.

Listen to the full interview between Oja Gjeilo and Of Note’s Katy Henriksen with the streaming link above.