Department of Fine Art
1 College Drive
Bentonville, AR 72712
September 20, 2013
“To whom it may concern:
I have been asked to write a letter for Becky Christenson, and I am delighted to do so. I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Christenson over the past few years in regard to a few of her artistic endeavors, involving permanent exhibitions of her work here on the NorthWest Arkansas Community College campus.
Through the work of NWACC’s President’s Advisory Council on Art, the college’s permanent collection continues to grow each semester through generous community donations, artist loans, commissions and purchases.
Here at NWACC we have been very fortunate to acquire two of Ms. Christenson’s works, through commissions for our Shewmaker Center for Global Business Development as well as our Center for Health Professions building.
The wall installations are high relief constructions in clay, and each speaks directly to the core of each of the buildings in which they reside. Global Concepts was created for the Shewmaker Center, it involves imagery that reflects the program areas of the building (retail, entrepreneurial, sustainability, transportation and logistics). The work created for the Center for Health Professions, titled Vigor, echoes the mission of those particular programs through the use of lotus pods, as a metaphor for healing.
Ms. Christenson’s initial vision has been exceeded only by her execution of each of these projects. Her idea of incorporating both realistic and symbolic imagery conveys her desire for connectivity and the importance of place, ultimately yielding truly site-specific works of art.
In regard to our working relationship with Ms. Christenson, her combination of work ethic and inventiveness served each of the projects very well, from beginning to end.
The presence of art on the NWACC campus is an expression of the College’s values. The council believes that the exposure to and appreciation of art is essential to the development of well-rounded lifetime learners. I feel that each of her artworks perfectly fit our mission to the College.
For all of these reasons I, without hesitation, recommend Becky Christenson for your consideration. Her work would be an engaging asset to any collection of art.”
L. Eric Smith
chair, President’s Advisory Council on Art
Fine Art Faculty member
“When we were building the Shewmaker Center for Global Business Development on the NWACC campus, we knew that it needed a strong art presence to convey the spirit of the building. We contacted Becky with very little information and asked to meet with her. We told her the building’s purpose, its function, and its importance to our campus, and from that conversation, she was able to construct two beautiful pieces of art that truly encompass the look and feel of our new space. She was so easy to work with! Deadlines were always met, she needed very little direction from us, and she was able to install the pieces without our help. We were so pleased with the results that we are already looking for other areas of our campus to improve with the help of Beckys work.”
Northwest Arkansas Community College
“Becky was delightful to work with because of her timeliness, open communication style, and vision for the project. She created a meaningful design around the foundational elements of our college, including our original seal. This art piece symbolized our sincere appreciation to our founders and helped us honor them for their outstanding dedication and service in making our college become a reality. On behalf of NorthWest Arkansas Community College Foundation, I would highly recommend Becky Christenson to others who are looking for true artistic talent. We have already commissioned her to create two other pieces for our campus and look forward to working with her on other future endeavors.”
Meredith N. Brunen
Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation
“Our goal was to create a unique and functional work of art that would represent the mission and vision of our fine arts school while simultaneously recognizing the support of those who had made significant contributions to the school. Becky’s designs fit perfectly with the school mascot, tied in with the existing structurel and the end result was a durable, functional, visually appealing work of public art that our students enjoy on a daily basis. We were impressed with Becky’s skill as an artist and with her easy pleasant demeanor. It was a pleasure working with her and would not hesitate to engage her services on any future project.”
Benton County School of the Arts