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

30 Americans: Purvis Young

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1 Day to 30 Americans(1943–2010) Self-taught artist Purvis Young made lurid and kinetic large-scale paintings and murals depicting the people of his hometown of Miami. He blended wild horses, jazz singers, and scenes from ancient battles, making poignant social commentaries on urban life. One of his most famous works is Goodbread Alley, his 1972 public mural located at the intersection of Northwest Third Avenue and 14th Street in the Overtown district in Miami. Learn more ... Read More

30 Americans: Kehinde Wiley

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2 Days to 30 Americans(born 1977) In the ten years since receiving his master of fine arts from Yale University, Kehinde Wiley has catapulted to the upper echelon of the contemporary art world. His super-realistic paintings of men of color in heroic, majestic, or bucolic settings deliberately reference works by the Old Masters. Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at To view Wiley's work visit Video photo: Kehinde Wiley Share this Post

30 Americans: Carrie Mae Weems

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3 Days to 30 Americans(born 1953) For more than twenty-five years, Carrie Mae Weems has explored themes of race, gender relations, and family history in her installations. In 2010, the award-winning visual artist teamed up with the critically acclaimed jazz pianist Geri Allen on Flying toward the Sound, for which she produced images and videos to accompany Allen’s amazing piano excursions. Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at Learn more about Weems at Video ... Read More