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

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

Museum School Profile: Miranda Young

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Miranda Young is no stranger to the Arts Center. She took classes as a child, has been an instructor in the Museum School for the past decade, is the scenic designer and properties manager for the Children’s Theatre and is even the proud mother of a Museum School student. Soon she will add one more AAC title to her repertoire: featured Museum School Gallery artist. From February 23 through May 29, 2016, a collection of Miranda’s drawings and prints will be on display … Read More

In case you missed it… “Our America” member reception

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With expectations high for the Arkansas Arts Center’s biggest exhibition of the year, the pressure was on to host an equally impressive opening reception for Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. And impress they did! On October 15, more than 500 guests were treated to live music by Viva Jalisco, a local mariachi band, and delicious frozen Margaritas, Piña Coladas and an assortment of Mexican beer. Before the reception, E. Carmen Ramos, curator of … Read More

Preview the Artists of “Our America” – Luis Jiménez

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) and in anticipation of the opening of Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (October 16), the Arkansas Arts Center has pulled from their vaults works created by Latino artists and artists who inspired contemporary Latino art. Pablo Picasso (Spain), Diego Rivera (Mexico), Luis Jiménez (Mexico) and Carlos Jose Alfonzo (Cuba) are among several Latino and Hispanic artists currently featured throughout five galleries. … Read More

Conserve to Preserve

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Two beautiful views of 18th century Venice by Michele Marieschi have long been in the vaults of the Arkansas Arts Center, unable to be displayed because dirt and an old, darkened layer of the protective coating called varnish obscured the works’ colors and details. Chief Curator Brian J. Lang decided it was time to remedy the situation. He turned to the Arkansas art conservation firm Norton Arts to clean and repair the two oil paintings. … Read More