From UCA:

CONWAY-Beginning Monday, May 6, 2013, Gary Keenan, a sculptor from Iowa, will use a chainsaw to carve a tree on the UCA campus into a life-sized bear . The tree is located in front of Wingo Hall, the administration building on the UCA campus.

Keenan expects to complete the carving on Thursday, May 9.

Art classes and community members are invited to attend. Seating will be available on the lawn near Wingo Hall.

The university's art gallery, Baum Gallery, will be open, and classes and individuals are also welcome to view other parts of campus.

Keenan is an accomplished artist, having carved animals, people, plants, and objects for individuals and groups throughout the United States and in Europe. In 2007, he was invited to participate in the "Scuptree"/Westonbirt Festival of the Tree in England. Only 20 wood sculptors were invited, and Keenan was the only American. For more information about Keenan, visit

To schedule a time to visit the campus during Mr. Keenan's visit and chainsaw carving, please contact Erica Ruble at 501-450-3170.

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