Walton Arts Center was saddened to hear last week of the death of sculptor Lee Littlefield. Littlefield taught Arkansas educators at the 2006 Arts With Education Institute at Walton Arts Center. His teaching inspired classroom teachers and their students to be a part of a public art project, Walton Arts Center’s public art initiative, I-540Flowers: Cultivating the Northwest Arkansas Neighborhood.
Working with Littlefield and Community Creative Center artist, Susan Hutchcroft and John F. Kennedy Center Arts Integration consultant, Sean Layne, AWE teachers designed, fabricated and installed a public sculpture in front of Nadine Baum Studios. The installation was celebrated with a teacher tableau at the conclusion of AWE Institute. I-540 Flowers featured Littlefield’s whimsical sculpture along the 540 corridor between Fayetteville and Bentonville and celebrated the role of public art in Northwest Arkansas. Lee Littlefield is fondly remembered in Northwest Arkansas.