Biography

Bryan Winfred Massey, Sr. was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina in 1960. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Art & Design and a Professor of Art/Sculptor/Designer at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC; his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. He is currently working to finish his Doctorate of Education (EdD) at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock in Higher Education Administration.

He is primarily a stone carver. He works with a variation of stones from alabaster, soapstone, limestone, marble and granite. He also cast in iron, bronze and aluminum as well as fabrication of large scaled sculptures in steel.

Some of his completed works include the Sidney S. McMath Memorial in Little Rock, the Silas Herbert Hunt Memorial in Fayetteville, AR, on the campus of the U of A, his Nautilus sculpture located in the Riverfront Park just behind the Marriot Hotel, as well as The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Museum’s permanent collection in Little Rock, AR. Other installations include The Cyclone at the Russellville Center for the Arts, his Tribute to Stradivarius at The Grammy Museum in Cleveland, MS, his No Stress, No Pressure in the Sculpture Garden at the new CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock, AR and “Otis”, a 15 feet by 8 feet, 3,000 lb. stainless steel bear for the University of Central Arkansas’ new Donaghey Hall. His most recent installations are in Fort Smith AR, SEAL at ArcBest Corporation and Wind Song I at the Fort Smith Riverfront Sculpture Walk/Park. Bryan has exhibited internationally (UK, and Germany), nationally, and regionally throughout his career and continues to exhibit and compete at a consistently high professional level.

Dr. Ruth Pasquine, former Gallery Director of the Leedell Moorehead-Graham Fine Arts Gallery states, “Massey’s mastery of his craft and materials, and his wide-ranging subject matter that balances the narrative, abstract, and spiritual, provide a satisfying yet challenging experience for the viewer.”

Bryan has been married to his wife Delphine Massey for 36 years and they have three children Junia Massey-Smith (Joo-nee-ah), Bryan Jr. (BJ) and Javan (Jah-von). He and his family continue to reside in Conway, AR.