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AAC Collection on View

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

Throughout the year the Arkansas Arts Center displays works from its own collection. The galleries are filled with objects selected dating from over 600 years of Western art right up to the current day.

The Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection combines a systematic representation of Old Master works with a larger group of 20th-century and contemporary drawings. The drawing collection is also known for its recognition of emerging artists. In addition, the AAC collection includes paintings and works of art that provide a broader exposure to the arts for a statewide and regional audience, for students, and for other visitors. Among the other areas of collecting for which the institution is known are its contemporary crafts, encompassing clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood, and Impressionist and early modern paintings and drawings.

Featured Works from the Collection


Bernardino Lanino, Study of the Head of the Virgin (or Female Saint or Angel), ciraca 1550, black chalk, stumped in part, extensively highlighted with chalk on blue paper, 10 1/8 x 8 1/2 in., Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Purchase, Acquisition Fund and Vineyard in the Park gift. 1999.064

Diego Rivera, Mexican (Guanajuato, Mexico, 1886 - 1957, Mexico City, Mexico), Dos Mujeres (Two Women), 1914, oil on canvas Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift of Abby Rockefeller Mauzé, 1955.010, © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

Georgia O'Keeffe, From Pink Shell, 1931, pastel on paper laid down to board, 10 5/8 x 10 5/8 in., Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Bequest from the estates of Louise and Fred Dierks. 2012.008.009

Carroll Cloar, American (Earle, Arkansas, 1913 - 1993, Memphis, Tennessee), Moonstricken Girls, 20th Century, 23 1/8 x 34 in., acrylic on board. Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Purchase, Seth Ward Acquisition Fund. 1969.016.001.1969.016.001

Viola Frey, American (Lodi, California, 1933 - 2004, Oakland, California), Western Civilization: Processional, ceramic, 2002, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Purchase, Tabriz Fund. 2006.021.a-h

John Marin, American (Rutherford, New Jersey, 1870 – 1953, Cape Split, Maine), Blue Shark, 1922, watercolor and charcoal on heavy textured watercolor paper, 12 1/8 x 16 1/8 in., Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift of Norma B. Marin. 2013.018.085 (catalog 211)

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