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Gene in the Press

Hatfield Work to be displayed at Arkansas Governor's Mansion 

Some of the work of the late Conway artist Gene Hatfield is on display at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. “The Hatfield Family is honored beyond words to have been invited to exhibit some of Gene’s work as part of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Artist in Residence Program,” said...[more]


AETN Arkansas Men & Women of Distinction

Born in 1925 in Conway, a short distance from his current home, Hatfield is one of the state's most prolific artists, with paintings and sculptures numbering in the thousands. His work is most closely compared to that of the post-impressionist masters. A true Renaissance man, Hatfield has... [more]


Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award

An artist or group whose contributions to the arts over a lifetime has fostered significant recognition, or an art patron whose lifetime of dedication to the development and support of the arts will sustain the arts beyond his/her lifetime. [more]


"Alliance for the Arts Presents Annual Award"

Smiley said the Outstanding Individual Artist award has been named in honor of the late Conway artist Gene Hatfield. Smiley recognized Hatfield’s three adult children who were in the audience — Mathilda Hatfield of Conway, Hadrian Hatfield of...[more]


"Hatfield Remembered for His Art & Generosity"

Well-known Conway artist and art professor Lester Gene Hatfield died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, after a brief illness. Hatfield, 91, was a longtime resident of Faulkner County, a decorated World War II veteran and an art professor at the University of Central Arkansas for...[more]


"Outside the Lines Captures Work of Conway Artist"

By any definition, Gene Hatfield of Conway is a Renaissance man.

Approaching his 90th birthday, Hatfield is a painter, sculptor, author, actor, educator and a decorated World War II veteran. He is a father and grandfather and was a devoted husband for...[more]


"The Garden of Underdog Objects"

A bicycle hung in a tree…. Scrap aluminum foil molded into a dancer…. Abandoned bedsprings recoiled into the shape of a man…. The trash, friend, it seems to be alive. Gene Hatfield rescues lugged-to-the-curb junk from the garbage truck and...[more]