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

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