LA 4 Art

The 2016 conference will feature a Silent Art Auction featuring works by Landscape ART-itects from around the country.  The auction will feature 8 pieces in multiple media and will be open for silent bidding from 7:00a to 5:30p on Thursday, April 14th and from 6:30a to 2:40p on Friday, April 15th at the 2016 Central States Conference.

The proceeds will support 3rd and/or 4th year Landscape Architecture Students with this very cool twist:  The purchase price of each piece will support a student scholarship at the College or ntniversity of the successful bidder’s choice!

Art pieces have been donated by well-recognized artists from around the United States, some created specifically for the 2016 ASLA Central States Conference.

Silent bidding only.  No pre-auction or on-line bidding available.


The Ozarks

Alex Art.Cropped.Artist:  Alex Roberts – Student / Artist, Maumelle, Arkansas
Starting bid $ 100;  Approximate Value: $ 3,000

Alex with laser PointerAlex Roberts is a 15 year old student who attends middle school in Maumelle, Arkansas where she lives with her parents Dave & Diane Roberts. Alex was born with the challenge of Cerebral Palsy which confines her to a power wheelchair due to her lack of muscular control. This perennial A-B honor roll student is always on the move and loves to travel to experience new things and visit new places. In 2015 Alex was honored by the student body selection as the Maumelle Middle School Homecoming Queen. Aside from her hobbies of Miracle League baseball and assisted dance, Alex loves to create abstract paintings at Easter Seals A.R.T. She has had pieces sell for $2,500 up to $5,000, with some purchased by professional baseball players. Alex donates money raised to the special needs organizations she enjoys.

The program at Easter Seals Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) allows Alex to bring her imagination to life through a program developed by Tim Lefens, a New Jersey Artist, who developed a platform for children and adults with disabilities to express their artistic abilities.  Artists, like Alex, work with volunteer “trackers” who become the hands and arms of the artist taking directive from them to create beautiful paintings via a laser point system. Alex conducts the process with verbal commands and a laser pointer that she wears on a headband. She selects the canvas size, paint color and tools (brushes, sponges, spatulas, and even potato mashers etc.) then brings a painting from her mind’s eye to reality on the canvas.

Alex decided to do a landscape scene that represented Arkansas, and was assisted by Mary Lynn Nelson with the Arkansas A.R.T. program. This piece is unique as it is only the second scene Alex has created: all her other work has been abstract to date. After considering foreground, middle ground and background to set up the painting, Alex selected all colors, with green and blue requested to reflect Landscape Architecture, she starting with the sky as the background and picked each color as she layered the hillside. “The Ozarks” name is unique to Arkansas, and thus her inspiration.


House With Wisteria

Judy Brittenum.Art

Artist: Judy Byrd Brittenum, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Arkansas.
Oil on canvas: Post Impressionist, farmhouse with red roof and wisteria (Located West of Eureka Springs).
Starting Bid: $ 80; Approximate Value $500; Framed Dimensions 20” x 24”

8728_Judy_Brittenum-2013-24Prof. Brittenum has been active in the American Society of Landscape Architects for the past 27 years and served as Arkansas President and representative to the Board of Trustees. In 2001, she was elected ASLA Fellow and the only woman in the state to hold this honor. She has also served as national Vice President of Communication and most recently as Secretary, Council of Fellows. She has painted about 19 years after formally studying under Mary Lou Wommack, Member of American Women in Art, and widely exhibited locally, regionally and nationally.

Prof. Brittenum holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and professionally practiced landscape architecture for 20 years in Baton Rouge, Little Rock and Fayetteville. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and English Literature from the University of Arkansas.


Lake Josephine

Lake Josephine

Artist:  Matthew Parks, Nature and Landscape Photography – Gentry AR
Starting bid:  $ 250;  Approximate Value:  $ 297.00

Matt ParksMatthew is from the small town of Gentry, Arkansas in the state’s northwest corner and has spent many days exploring the nearby Ozark Mountains either by Jeep, bicycle, canoe or simply on foot. He developed a love for the mountains at an early age. Growing up his parents would take him on vacations to places like Montana, Western Canada, New Mexico and Colorado. It was on these trips that Matthew became interested in photography. He would often take over the camera at places like Yellowstone and Glacier National Park and head out in search of everything from geysers to mountain goats. Although he had enjoyed taking pictures for years, it wasn’t until he graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a degree in Landscape Architecture that he began to take a serious interest in fine art photography. Since then he has begun to hone his skills as a photographer, producing a large body of work while continuing to learn new techniques and traveling to new locations around the world.

Matthew currently lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas with his wonderful wife, Julie.





Artist:  Sean Shrum


Working on Clouds

Hank Thomas.ArtArtist:  Hank Thomas, HHT Designs in northwest Arkansas
Oil on canvas
Starting Bid:  $ 100; Approximate Value:  $ 300;  Framed Dimensions: 18” x 24”

Hank ThomasHank  Thomas was born in Little Rock Arkansas, Hank moved to Jonesboro, AR when he turn 13 and graduated from Jonesboro High School in 95’. After enrolling in many Universities and working construction, Hank graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture and a Minor in Art Studio and Art History.  He received the Vernan C Garvan Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture Design. Since that time Hank has had the pleasure to work for KA Architects in Cleveland, Ohio, SMR landscape Architects in Dallas TX and is now currently partners in HHT Designs located in Northwest Arkansas.

Description of the Art:  This piece was the beginning of me painting again (about a 15 year hiatus). It is mostly about the brush strokes and color.  The image is nothing new, the classic tree standing lowly in a field, it is an image that has be created over and over. This painting was about creating something that was not there, with the paint and the brush. It was about creating a mood, with texture and a feeling.


Old Havana

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Artist:  James Richards, FASLA, Arlington, TX


James RichardsJim is a national award-winning urban designer and author; he is also a professor, lecturer and travel artist whose work explores the intersection of place, creativity and placemaking around the globe.  He teaches design and drawing at the University of Texas at Arlington, and is co-founder and principal of TOWNSCAPE, Inc., an urban design consultancy focused on placemaking for cities, towns, urban villages and special sites.  He serves on the international Advisory Board for Urban Sketchers, and his travel art has appeared in solo and group exhibitions, most recently in Havana and Moscow. He is a recipient of ASLA’s Bradford Williams Medal for writing; his book, Freehand Drawing and Discovery, published by John Wiley & Sons, won a national Honor Award from the ASLA in 2014. His second book for Wiley, on creativity and design thinking, is scheduled for release in 2017.

This original watercolor drawing is based on a sketch drawn on location in Havana Viejo in June 2015. This narrow street terminates in the district’s main plaza; the view features a tower of the cathedral that fronts the plaza. The mojito bar La Bodeguida del Medio was a favorite haunt of Noble Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway.


Main Street

Towle Art

William C. Towle, ASLA, BLA, Landscape Designer and Project Manager -Landscape Creations LLC, Rogers, AR
TowleWilliam Towle is a landscape designer and project manager with Landscape Creations LLC in Rogers,Arkansas. William is a 2012 honors graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas where he graduated with a B.A. in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Horticulture. He has worked in the field of landscape design and illustration graphics since 2005, and is currently working toward licensure as a Landscape Architect in Arkansas. Prior to his career in Landscape Architecture, William served for more than twelve years as a Law Enforcement Officer within local and state municipalities. In that position, he conducted criminal investigations and implemented physical security, personal security, and counterterrorism programs both domestically and at a federal level. This brings a valuable design perspective to all his projects, especially when designing public spaces.