Men and Women of Disntinction
"Men & Women of Distinction" is an ongoing series that profiles Arkansans whose lives have had a profound effect on the development of the state; the character of its people or its image beyond our borders. By highlighting these men and women, the series allows history to be told by the voices of those who lived it; in a format that can be preserved for future generations.
Men and women profiled in the series to date include former governors; U.S. senators and representatives; an internationally renowned composer, a former U.S. Surgeon General and a nationally recognized philanthropist.
Men and Women of Distinction: Gene Hatfield Born in 1925 in Conway, a short distance from his current home, Hatfield is one of the state's most prolific artists, with paintings and sculptures numbering in the thousands. His work is most closely compared to that of the post-impressionist masters. A true Renaissance man, Hatfield has tested his hand in nearly every form of artistic expression - acting, writing, song, dance, painting and sculpture - and continues to challenge preconceived ideas of what is and is not art. Watch now