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Current Exhibitions

Each year the Arkansas Arts Center organizes and hosts inspiring exhibitions that appeal to everyone. View our current exhibition schedule or mark your calendars!

Featured Exhibitions

Herman Maril:

The Strong Forms of Our Experience

January 27, 2017 - April 16, 2017

Gritty Baltimore streets, serene Cape Cod beaches, horses in Maryland fields—all were parts of the world of Herman Maril (1908–1986). Nearly 90 works by the great Mid-Atlantic modernist are coming to Arkansas from Maryland. This major exhibition surveying Maril’s career from the 1920s to the 1980s is a project on which the Arts Center’s Curator of Drawings, Ann Prentice Wagner, has been working for eight years.

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Ansel Adams: Early Works

January 27, 2017 - April 16, 2017

Ansel Adams (1902-1984), photographer, musician, naturalist, explorer, critic and teacher, was a giant in the field of American landscape photography. His work can be viewed as the end of an arc of American art concerned with capturing the “sublime” in the unspoiled Western landscape. This tradition includes the 19th century painters Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole and Thomas Moran, and the 19th century photographers Carleton Watkins, Timothy O’Sullivan, and William Henry Jackson.

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Special Exhibitions

Seeing the Essence:

Photographs by William E. Davis

January 24, 2017 - April 16, 2017

The exhibition Seeing the Essence: Photographs by William E. Davis celebrates this great Arkansas photographer’s generous bequest of more than 700 of his original photographic prints to the Arkansas Arts Center. The exhibition features twenty-five large black and white photographic prints made by Davis, revealing his special gifts for choosing distinctive subjects and looking at them as no one else would.

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Mid-Southern Watercolorists: 47th Annual Juried Exhibition

February 10, 2017 – April 16, 2017

The beautiful visions of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists return to the Arts Center as spring returns. This exhibition marks the third year of a three-year relationship between this outstanding regional arts organization and the Arkansas Arts Center.

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Museum School Gallery

For the Love of Bees: Works in Hot and Cold Wax by Catherine Rodgers

December 20, 2016 - March 19, 2017

Catherine Rodgers, a painting and textile arts instructor at the Museum School of the Arkansas Arts Center, paints in the wax-based painting medium of encaustic. As the artist says, her studio smells like the honey. Her exhibition includes works in encaustic on canvas, paper, and as the top of a wooden table.

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AAC Collection

AAC Collection on View


Throughout the year the Arkansas Arts Center displays works from its own collection. The galleries described below 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 specializes in drawings and contemporary craft, but there are also examples of paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, and decorative arts, among other media.

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The scintillating watercolors and drawings of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French artist Paul Signac are the focus of two intimate galleries at the Arkansas Arts Center that have recently been redesigned and reinstalled. These works come from America’s finest collection of Signac’s graphic art, one hundred and thirty-three works that were assembled by Arkansan industrialist James T. Dyke. Mr. Dyke presented this magnificent collection to the Arkansas Arts Center in 1999.

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