Arkansas Arts Center celebrates year of community support, accomplishments at 2018 Annual Meeting

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The Arkansas Arts Center finished its eighth consecutive year operating in the black on June 30, interim executive director Laine Harber announced August 20. It was a year marked by community support and significant achievements, including the reveal of concept designs for a reimagined Arkansas Arts Center and a landmark exhibition of John Marin works nearly four years in the making. “Over the past year, the Arkansas Arts Center staff has worked diligently to engage … Read More

Executive Director Todd Herman to Depart Arkansas Arts Center

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The Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Arts Center announced Thursday that Executive Director Todd  Herman will leave the center, effective August 10, 2018, to accept a position as President and CEO of The Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C. The Board of Trustees is conducting a search for a successor to direct the AAC’s transitional goals of growth and expansion. Laine Harber, Deputy Director and CFO, will act as interim Director until the position is filled. … Read More

Arkansas Arts Center welcomes new development staff

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The Arkansas Arts Center announces the addition of Leighanne Alford and Angela Stroud to the Development team. “We are thrilled to welcome Leighanne and Angela to the Arkansas Arts Center team,” said Kelly Fleming, director of development. “Both Leighanne and Angela have extensive professional experience in fundraising and building relationships for a variety of organizations.” Leighanne Alford joins the Arts Center as Donor Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator. Alford has 11 years of experience in nonprofit … Read More

Oh, The Things I’ve Seen: An Essay by Thom Hall

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By Thom Hall Thom Hall, longtime registrar and artist at the Arkansas Arts Center, wrote this essay when he retired last year. In the essay, he explores the exponential growth of the collection over the course of his time here. He also writes about growing as an artist in his own right. Throughout his artistic career, he worked in a variety of mediums – from painting and drawing to enameling. While he is often best known for his narrative figural paintings … Read More

Getting Creative with Creating

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By Robert Bean Chair, AAC Museum School Drawing Department Artists use lots of materials to make their work. Sheet after sheet of paper. Roll after roll of canvas. A pound of clay here, a pound of clay there. It’s expensive. Period. So what happens when you teach art? You need materials so students can grow into the creativity you see peeking out already. But those resources might be just out of your budget, or you don’t have easy access to … Read More

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

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

Museum School Highlight: Kelly Edwards

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You’re probably familiar with Kelly Edwards’ work even if you don’t realize it. Her art adorns several Arkansas galleries as well as one in Miami, Florida; she’s been a ceramics instructor at the Museum School for 15 years and you can view (and even purchase!) her work in the AAC Museum Shop. Basically, Kelly is an Arts Center all star. Interested in art from a young age, Kelly creates three-dimensional wall hangings including clocks, crosses, masks, bowls … Read More