According to a press release Southern Arkansas University will present “Collective,” an exhibition by Gay Bechtelheimer, at Brinson Art Gallery through March 31.

An opening reception will be held 5:30PM-7:30PM Thursday, March 9, and an artist presentation begins at 6PM Bechtelheimer is a teaching artist from El Dorado, Ark. Her body of work includes pastel, watercolor, mixed media and acrylic. The exhibit represents her practice from 2016 to the present.


“I have a visual, cerebral and emotional connection with what captivates my attention,” she said, “be it commonplace or sublime. My art reflects what I have been looking at and thinking about, a vision I want to express, to share.”


Bechtelheimer’s work is characterized by brilliant color, dramatic contrast and distinct mood and can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the country. Corporate collections of note are the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Institute (Little Rock, Ark.); UAMS Reynolds Center on Aging (Little Rock), Alice-Sydney Oil Company (El Dorado) and South Arkansas Orthopedics (El Dorado).

Bechtelheimer is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and is an art instructor with the El Dorado public schools.