A HISTORIC TRANSFORMATION

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Collection, Museum

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While the new Arkansas Arts Center is under construction, works from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection are undergoing a transformation of their own. From the canvas of George Romney’s 1779–1781 portrait, Lady Willoughby de Broke, a woman in a fashionable gold dress and a stylish hairdo surveys her audience. In her right hand, she holds the skirt of her dress. With her left hand, she clutches a book close to her body. Behind her, … 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

Conserve to Preserve

Author: Ann WagnerFiled under: Collection, Exhibitions, MuseumLeave a Comment

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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