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  • Andrea M. "AnDi" Tompkins '91
  • Belly Button
  • 1988
  • Graphite on paper
  • 17.25 x 15 inches
  • Courtesy of the artist

Andrea M. “AnDi” Tompkins knew she wanted to spend her undergraduate years at Hendrix after attending Arkansas Governor’s School on its campus. She immersed herself in the college’s Art Department, taking classes with Professors Don Marr and Jay Anderson. She has particularly fond memories of learning from Marr, whom she found approachable and inviting.

While at Hendrix, she helped create an informal Art Club, primarily composed of her class of women art majors. One of her favorite memories is travelling with the club to the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs to see a Marr painting commissioned by the hotel.

Tompkins created Belly Button for a Hendrix drawing course she took in 1988. Though at the time she viewed the piece merely as an assignment that needed to be finished, she now considers it the drawing of which she is most proud. Tompkins describes Belly Button as a family favorite that makes her want to draw again.

AnDi Tompkins graduated in 1991, earning a BA with distinction in Art. After graduation, she earned an M.S. in Education from Northwest Missouri State University, with a focus on educational leadership. She worked as the Arkansas Arts Center’s Museum School Manager for nearly 13 years before leaving in 2019 to work for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Department of Art and Design. As the department’s inaugural Art Outreach Specialist, she uses both her Art and Education backgrounds to manage retention, recruitment, and programming.