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  • Anne Ferrer
  • Untitled
  • 2012
  • Pencil and watercolor
  • 21 x 16 inches
  • Lauren Hainley '07 Collection

Lauren Hainley fell in love with Hendrix’s campus after attending Arkansas Governor’s School. By the time she visited the college as a prospective student, she already felt at home. As an undergraduate student, she played bassoon in the Wind Ensemble and worked as a Resident Assistant. She also participated in Campus Kitty and the college’s theatre productions.

Hainley graduated from Hendrix in 2007 with a B.A. in Theater Arts. She worked as a Marketing and Data Specialist for Kolache Factory before earning an M.A. in Arts Leadership from the University of Houston. She now works as the Project Manager for Disaster Services with the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), connecting emergency management with the local arts community.

When Hainley first began working for HAA, this Anne Ferrer piece was already hanging in her office. Ferrer, a French contemporary artist, creates drawings which function as both plans for sculpture and independent art pieces. Her art explores the idea of rapture, which Ferrer describes as both “a ravishing aggression and a blissful pleasure.”

Hainley appreciates the piece’s unique, almost futuristic sense of movement. She also appreciates that the legs, which she imagines belong to a ballerina, are not overly beautified in their rendering. This piece quickly became a symbol of hope for Hainley, who was confident that entering a job with the HAA was an important step towards accomplishing her goals. The work still serves as a reminder of the creativity she works to preserve in her current position.