A Year of Community Support, Fiscal Stability

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The Arkansas Arts Center has finished its sixth consecutive year in the black in a year that has shown overwhelming community support, increased outreach and public approval of a bond issue to help fund a newly renovated museum. “We took another giant step toward our goal of a renovated Arts Center with the successful public vote to bond the revenue from an existing sales tax on out of town visitors for the benefit of the … Read More

Back to School in a Big Rig

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By Jessica Wright Senior Education Specialist Each season, the Artmobile features a themed exhibition of curated works from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation collection. With more than 13,000 pieces in the collection, narrowing down the list to 13-15 artworks is an endeavor that involves a lot of planning, preparation and participation among multiple departments. While students rest over the summer months, we are busy taking down the previous year’s exhibition, completing any needed maintenance to … Read More

Meet the Speaker: Melissa Messina, Mildred Thompson Estate

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LECTURE & LATE NIGHT WITH MELISSA MESSINA Searching for Mildred Thompson: An Artist’s Legacy Project Thursday, July 21 Arkansas Arts Center Atrium 5:30 p.m. Wine Reception | 6 p.m. Lecture | 7-9 p.m.  Late Night  As part of a Lecture & Late Night on Thursday, July 21, Melissa Messina, a seasoned arts professional and curator of the Mildred Thompson Estate, will discuss her curatorial venture to reclaim a lost figure of American abstraction, Mildred Thompson. Read about Messina’s interest … Read More

Museum School Profile: Jim D. Johnson

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Jim D. Johnson of Little Rock, Ark., is considered an icon in the advertising and art worlds, having been honored nationally and globally. This year he will add one more award to his repertoire when he is inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame on June 25. A long-time student of the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School, Johnson is best known as the co-founder of Cranford/Johnson Inc. 1961. Now known as CJRW, it is … Read More

On the Other Side of the Lens

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As a working photographer, I often find myself amazed at what I can capture with an iPhone. The advancement of iPhone camera technology makes the ease of capturing a moment very simple for most of today’s society. But for me, the convenience of the 5.04-ounce savvy device will never take the place of the true artistic process and history of photography. I was excited to see two outstanding photography exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center this … Read More

Artmobile Profile: Leslie Stewart, Cook Elementary

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Leslie Stewart, art educator at Cook Elementary school in Fort Smith, brought the Artmobile to her school because many students may otherwise never have an opportunity to visit an art museum. “It’s my responsibility to provide art experiences for them, and here was one put right in front of me,” Stewart says. She shared the provided curriculum guide with teachers in all grades and subjects, but was especially pleased with the quality of the gallery … Read More

The Joys of Teaching Mixed Media: Part 2

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By Laura Raborn Laura Raborn teaches a three-day mixed media workshop at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. The following is an excerpt from Laura’s blog about what students can expect to learn in her class. Click here to view the full entry. In the last post, I described a workshop I periodically teach at the Arkansas Arts Center. The focus of that article shifted from the purpose and joy of teaching to a specific … Read More

The Joys of Teaching Mixed Media: Part 1

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By Laura Raborn Laura Raborn teaches a three-day mixed media workshop at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. The following is an excerpt from Laura’s blog about what students can expect to learn in her class. Click here to view the full entry. Teaching the “Happy Accidents” mixed media class at the Arkansas Arts Center provides me with an opportunity to channel my former teachers. Students see me at the front of the room lecturing … Read More