Renaissance Man is probably the best way to describe Phillip Rex Huddleston. He is a writer, a musician, a composer, an artist, a teacher, an arts promoter, and so many other things.
By day, he is the Visual Art Specialist for eStem Middle School. There, he teaches his students a variety of styles of art. His own visual art style varies from realistic sketches, to caricatures, to comic strips and witty distillations of epic literature into a few frames.
As a guitarist and pianist he can often be found performing with his many talented friends throughout Little Rock’s live music scene in formal settings and on front porches. As a composer, he has contributed compositions and performances to a variety of films made in Arkansas. His most recent effort was in Mark Thiedeman’s White Nights, which premiered in August.
A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a BA in Philosophy and an MA in English Literature, he was an Adjunct Instructor at UCA in the English Department before beginning his stint at eStem. While at UCA, he also worked with the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.
For several years, he and friends and roommates would host regular Garland House Shows, named for the street on which their house was located. These combined visual art exhibits with live music in celebrations of the art they created and the friends who created and appreciated it.