Five Women Artists: Metalpoint

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Collection, Museum

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Can you name five women artists? In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of Women in the Arts challenges museums across the country to highlight women artists featured in their collections. Here’s a look at five artists – all women – whose influential work has continued to shape metalpoint – a field with a long history at the Arkansas Arts Center. The AAC Collection is one of the leading collections of modern and … Read More

Delta Exhibition jurors announced; entry deadline extended

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta Exhibition, Exhibitions, Museum

Celebrating the exhibition’s 60th year with a return to its roots, the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition will be juried by a panel of three distinguished art professionals: Bradbury Art Museum director Les Christensen, conceptual artist Shea Hembrey, and Baum Gallery director Brian K. Young. Leslie Ann (Les) Christensen is Director of the Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University, a position she has held since 2001. Trained as a sculptor working with a variety of media, Christensen’s … Read More

American Modernism from the Arkansas Arts Center Collection

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Interested in more art by American Modernists after visiting Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Work? The exhibition features 114 works exploring Marin’s evolution from intuitive draftsman to innovative watercolorist and etcher. But Marin was only one of an influential group of artists – commonly referred to as the “Stieglitz Circle” for their association with photographer, art dealer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz – working in and around New York in the first half of the 20th … Read More

Arkansas Arts Center shines new light on John Marin drawings

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The artistic evolution of an iconic American modernist is the focus of a new exhibition opening January 26 at the Arkansas Arts Center. Featuring never-before-exhibited drawings and watercolors from the Arkansas Arts Center Collection, Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Work explores the artist’s transformation from intuitive draftsman to innovative watercolorist and etcher. A revelatory new look at Marin’s work, Becoming John Marin affords a unique opportunity to see finished watercolors, etchings and oil paintings reunited with the sketches on … Read More

Year of Milestones, Accomplishments Celebrated on Eclipse Day

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Artmobile, Building, Children's Theatre, Collection, Community, Education, Events, Exhibitions, General, Museum, Museum School, Theater on Tour, Traveling Exhibitions

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The Arkansas Arts Center finished its seventh consecutive year in the black this June, Executive Director Todd Herman announced at the August 21 Annual Meeting. It was a year of milestone accomplishments, including a 10-year reaccreditation, selection of an architectural team for the AAC building project, completion of a five-year strategic plan, and a successful Tabriz. The AAC also rebranded its onsite restaurant, Canvas, updating both the restaurant and Museum Shop spaces, and launched a … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Kellie Lehr

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 59, Exhibitions, Image, Museum, Voices of the Delta

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Kellie Lehr, born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Embedded Possibilities, 2016, oil on canvas, 72 x 48 inches I am interested in creating spaces where natural and digital worlds overlap. Within each painting the forms, as well as the negative space, become structures with patterns to be explored and questioned. The building up of mark and color within a painting and the removal of paint as I go along, relates both to … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Michael Elliott-Smith

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Michael Elliott-Smith, born in Natchez, Mississippi, lives in Alexandria, Louisiana, Lindsay Leaving the Courtyard, 2016, inkjet print, 13 x 18 inches Earlier in my photography career, I photographed landscapes with infrared film to capture the image in the unseen, sometimes eerie light. I moved into digital photography in 2005, shooting both digital visible and digital infrared images. Once I understood the power of Photoshop, it opened up a new direction to explore, the world of … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Ryan Steed

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Ryan Steed, born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, lives in Memphis, Tennessee, Damn the Headlights, 2015, chromogenic print, 18 x 24 inches Damn the Headlights from the Photographic Series Went out for Cigarettes “I can understand why Southerners are haunted by their own landscape and in love with it.” – Walker Evans – Ryan Steed – Ryan Steed Share this Post