Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 16, 2018
PHOTO BY: Staci Vandagriff

Deborah Kuster, a professor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and a fiber artist, has a display of her works at UCA Downtown. The exhibit features hand-woven textiles and vessels. Kuster plans to retire from UCA in May.

Fiber flourishes

UCA professor/artist displays work at downtown gallery

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

Deborah Kuster has been teaching art education at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway since fall 2003. This year is a milestone, albeit bittersweet — it’s her last year to teach. “This year is extra special to me,” she said. “I will be 66 by the time I retire in May. I love what I do, but it’s time to retire. I want to be able to spend more time with my husband, John, and our family.” Not only is Kuster a professor; she is also... READ MORE

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