Emerging Arkansas Artists | WHEN WE SEE US: featuring Ebony Blevins (Cyanotype) | Adaja Cooper (Canvas) | Perrion Hurd (Scratch Paper Etchings)

1 February - 19 March 2022

Hearne Fine Art is proud to present an exhibition featuring the work of three emerging talents working in distinct mediums. This exhibition will take the viewer on a visual journey showcasing three different interpretations of seeing and experiencing the black figurative modern image and expressions of black life through the mediums of Ebony Blevinsʼ realism (cyanotypes prints), Adaja Cooper's expressionism (oil and acrylic paintings) and Perrion Hurd's Afrofuturistic visions on scratch paper etchings.

About the artists

Ebony Blevins (b. 1977) specializes in a photojournalistic style of photography, loving live concerts and sports. She currently freelances for AY Magazine and Arkansas Money and Politics, and she has been creating more cyanotype work recently.

Adaja Cooper (b. 2000) is a national award-winning 21-year-old artist from Little Rock, Arkansas. Since the age of 17, Adaja has experimented with bright colors and immersive portraits, and has fallen in love with painting ever since. Adaja is currently pursuing a Visual Art Degree and Business Minor from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

Perrion Hurd (b. 1972) is a self-taught illustrator, painter, muralist and printmaker living and working in Little Rock, Arkansas. The body of work he has created for “Emerging Arkansas Artists: When We See Us”, draws heavily on the visual aspects and representation of Black Spirituality, sacred geometry and the movement of Afrofuturism which features and incorporates elements of Black history, culture and humanity in a modern futuristic or science fiction setting. A muralist and graphic designer of note, Hurd is the recipient of the Individual Artist Award for Arkansasʼs 2022 Governorʼs Arts Awards.


Meet the featured artists on Fridays and Saturdays through March 19. Hear from each artist on 3 PM at Sunday virtual talks: Perrion Hurd (February 13), Adaja Cooper (February 20), and Ebony Blevins (February 27). Patrons can register for the free talks via Zoom at  www.tinyurl.com/WhenWeSeeUsTalks