Year of Milestones, Accomplishments Celebrated on Eclipse Day

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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

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

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

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

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

Recent Acquisition: “Neckpiece (Untitled)” by Attai Chen

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The Arkansas Arts Center is pleased announce the recent acquisition of Neckpiece (Untitled) by Attai Chen. In his elaborately crafted jewelry, Chen combines twigs, toy parts, repurposed plastic, metal and paper that have been drawn on with graphite or painted with pigment, glass color or nail varnish, to fashion assemblages that explore themes of gestation, growth and decay. Born in Jerusalem, Chen attended the Bezalel School of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and earned his … Read More

Recent Acquisition “Wanderer” An Instant Hit

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By Brian J. Lang, Chief Curator Through the generosity of Dr. Ron Porter and Mr. Joe Price, collectors from Columbia, S.C., the Arkansas Arts Center recently acquired this visually powerful and deeply enigmatic narrative sculpture by internationally recognized “Burning Man” sculptor, David Best. David Best is known for his life-size and large-scale sculptures made from a variety of media, all of which make reference to life and death, love and loss, and other themes faced … Read More

Six Artists in Sixty Minutes: Highlights from the AAC Collection

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We hear it all the time: “What should I see? I only have an hour.” It’s a tricky question because the answer is always changing. With more than 12,000 objects ranging in date from the Old Masters to the present, the Arkansas Arts Center Collection is always new…and always free. Every few months, the AAC rotates the works on display, giving visitors a fresh perspective with every visit. As you look for ways to keep … Read More