Address: 1 E Center St, Fayetteville, AR
Contact: Cassie Sanderson, Co-Director at sUgAR
Open Hours: Summer Hours: Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm or by appointment


How is the project operated?
sUgAR is run by two graduate students in the University of Arkansas’ MFA program and is overseen by faculty.

Who is responsible for the programming?
Graduate students on a two-year term curate and run the gallery. It is overseen by faculty of the University’s Department of Art.

Number and average duration of exhibitions/events per year.
On average, we have 6-8 exhibitions per year, with an opening reception for the exhibitions. The duration of exhibitions is approximately one month.

What kind of events are usually organized?
sUgAR Gallery displays the work of professional artists around the country, local artists, departments at the University, and students in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Additionally, we have hosted performances, music, and interactive works.

How is your programming determined?
sUgAR has a rolling open submission policy. In the Spring semester, we try to plan for the following academic year.

Do you accept proposals/submissions?
Definitely. Anyone interested in displaying work is encouraged to send the sUgAR Facebook page a message or send an email to one of the directors at the gallery.

What kind of role do you hope to play in your local art scene or community?
Community is one of our major priorities and motivations at sUgAR. With the convenient location of sUgAR Gallery on the downtown square, opportunities of greater involvement in the community opens up to the University of Arkansas and the students involved. We definitely try to bring something new to Fayetteville with the art that is brought in. The students involved really care about the community and the businesses which support art and Fayetteville as a whole.

What idea are you most excited about for the future?
Each year, our student-led gallery engages in the art field in a way that mixes our energy with professional and academic standards, while inviting the community to engage with us. We show a vast diversity of art. Sometimes we’ll have an exhibit from an emerging artist and immediately following it, an exhibit displaying undergraduate student work, which is inspiring. sUgAR is at an exciting point right now. We had the curators of GRIN Gallery from Providence. RI bring in a show this past spring, and this fall, we will be hosting a show with several professional artists, including Ron Lambert.

Images courtesy of sUgAR.

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