- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Do you have a treasured newspaper clipping - an obituary of a loved one or news coverage of a significant event or individual accomplishment or just a story that mattered enough to take time to save it?

John Salvest, professor of art at Arkansas State University, is asking northeast Arkansans to share their favorite clippings and why they are important for an upcoming exhibition.

“Disappearing Ink” will focus on the changing face of print media and its effect on contemporary culture and the future of historical documentation. The exhibition, conceived and curated by Salvest, will be April 5-June 30 at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.

“Everything is changing so quickly, and we never seem to have the time to reflect upon those changes,” Salvest told The Jonesboro Sun (http://bit.ly/1k0taYE). “This project is an attempt to initiate an intergenerational conversation about a significant shift in how we transmit and save information. I think it will be interesting to see how someone in their 20s collects differently from someone in their 80s.”

Salvest first met with the AMUM staff about a year ago, but the project itself has been in the works for years.

“I have almost 25 years worth of The Jonesboro Sun hard copies stored in my studio,” Salvest said. “I save stuff thinking I’m going to be able to use it. Sometimes I know what I’m going to do with it right when I start saving it, and other times I don’t. And this is a case where I felt compelled to save it thinking it could be material for an art project. And finally the opportunity has arisen. . The problem is though, even after that is figured out, I can’t stop collecting. I’m running out of space,” he said, adding that he plans to incorporate about four years worth of his Sun collection into an installation piece for “Disappearing Ink.”

Salvest first asked his students to turn in some newspaper clippings “just to see what would happen before we decided we were going to do this for sure.”

“I was surprised by the response. A lot of them said ‘I’ve got nothing.’ But a lot them came through with some interesting stuff,” he said.

One student brought in a refrigerator door’s worth of comic strips that his mother had cut out and put on his door over the years.

“His mom had adapted them, whited things out and tweaked them a little bit,” Salvest said.

Salvest said the print memorabilia can be from any time period, but it must be original. No photocopies will be accepted.

“It can be anything - clippings, pages, complete newspapers and vehicles for the display or preservation (scrapbooks, bulletin boards, etc.),” Salvest said.

Those interested in submitting their items are also asked to provide a written statement explaining the personal significance of the contribution.

Taylor Shannon submitted an obituary of a close friend who died at age 15.

“I placed the obituary in a frame with a drawing I made of her so I could remember her appearance,” Shannon said in her statement. “I miss her dearly.”

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