Five Women Artists to Know

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This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating by featuring women artist in the Arkansas Arts Center Collection. Along with the National Museum of Women in the Arts and museums around the country, we’re looking at the women artists in our collection and their contributions to the field. Here is a look at the work five women artists, spanning the last 200 years, that show the incredible talent of women artists represented in the Arkansas Arts Center Collection. Berthe Morisot, Le … Read More

Now on View: Sculptures from “The Tag Project”

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The installations mark the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, issued on February 19, 1942. The Arkansas Arts Center recently acquired Rohwer and Jerome, two sculptures from The Tag Project by Wendy Maruyama. The two large installations are now on view at the Arkansas Arts Center. Rohwer and Jerome are two of 10 pieces originally created as part of The Tag Project, each piece representing one of the 10 Japanese American Relocations Centers where people of Japanese ancestry were held during World … Read More

From the Director: Arts Center Announces Design Architect

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Dear Patrons, It is with great pride that I write to you today to announce the selection of Studio Gang as design architect for our upcoming building project. Studio Gang is recognized internationally for a design process that foregrounds the relationships between individuals, communities and environments. The firm has extensive knowledge in museum, theatre and artist studio spaces, with projects ranging from the Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Ill. to the Aqua Tower in Chicago to … Read More

5 highlights from the AAC Collection on view now

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While the Arkansas Arts Center is home to more than 12,000 works of art, we are particularly noted for our collection of drawings – drawing being loosely defined as a unique work of art on paper in any medium, including pencil, charcoal, ink, pastel, watercolor, silverpoint, acrylic, oil and collage. The drawings in our collection were created by a variety of artists, from Old Masters to contemporary artists, and they tackle a diverse subjects, spanning hundreds of … Read More

How To: Designing an Exhibition

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By Keith Melton Ever wondered how an exhibition is created? The finished gallery visitors come to see is the final piece in a long process. The exhibitions team – including exhibition designer Keith Melton – don’t just start hanging works on the walls and setting objects in cases. First, they plan. They decide on themes and colors. They carefully plot each work’s place on the wall or in a case. Melton has worked at the Arkansas Arts … 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

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