Jan. 16-Feb. 28, Small Gallery, Windgate Center for Art + Design, UA Little Rock. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.
Coffins that look like a wingtip shoe or a snake-handling mermaid or a hot pepper: These are the works of Eric Adjetey Anang, a third-generation coffin-maker in Ghana. Anang, whose work has been shown in West Africa and Europe, is the Thurber Park artist-in-residence in Madison, Wis., and works in the family business in Teshie, on the coast of Ghana, producing coffins for funerary clients, art collectors and museums. In an interview at Tennessee Tech University at Cookeville, Tenn., that can be seen on Facebook, Anang explains that the fantasy coffin idea began when his grandfather created a palanquin for a chief who died before he could ride in it and was buried in it instead. Anang and UA Little Rock art history professor Lynne Larsen will give a lecture at 6 p.m. Feb. 27.