Museum Monday: Michelle Obama Exhibit Opening at UAPB

I’ve loved museums my entire life…and after working in one for 10 years, that love only grew stronger. On Mondays, I will share some of my favorite museums located with 26 counties in eastern Arkansas. The blog will also feature upcoming events and exhibits at the museum’s throughout the region.
Kimberly J. Williams
Happy Monday! This week’s Museum Monday blog features a new exhibit coming to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s University Museum and Cultural Center in Pine Bluff announced the opening of the museum’s first exhibit of the 2010-2011 season. “The Second Coming of Michelle Obama” is a photographic exhibit chronicling the moments leading up to and during the First Lady’s visit to Pine Bluff, where she delivered the keynote address at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s 2010 commencement.

The photographs, taken by The Pine Bluff Commercial and UAPB photographer Richard Redus, capture the Pine Bluff community’s excitement and anticipation in the days leading up to Mrs. Obama’s arrival, her first moments at Pine Bluff’s Grider Field, and her time spent at the Pine Bluff Convention Center for the commencement exercises. Visitors from across the country arrived in record numbers to endure long lines for tickets to UAPB’s most anticipated graduation since 1958, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the keynote address to graduates.

An opening reception is scheduled for Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Leedell–Moorehead Graham Fine Arts Gallery, located in the Hathaway Howard Fine Arts Building at UAPB. The event is free to the public. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit will be displayed through October. For more information call 870-575-8236.

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