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Becoming John Marin – Programs



Lecture and Member Reception: John Marin with Dr. Ann Prentice Wagner

Thursday, January 25

5:30 p.m. Pre-Lecture Wine Reception
6 p.m. Lecture
6:30 p.m. Members Opening Reception

Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Work opens with a lecture by Dr. Ann Prentice Wagner followed by a reception and a first look at the exhibition.

Lower Lobby, Lecture Hall

Free for members, $15 for non-members

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Feed Your Mind Friday

Friday, January 26

12 – 1 p.m.

Join us for a gallery talk with Josephine White Rodgers, Ph.D. who will discuss the work of John Marin..

Tours begin at the Stephens Inc. Visitors Desk



Super Sunday Free Family Funday

Sunday, February 11

12 – 3 p.m.

Young artists will create John Marin inspired paintings! Drop in between noon and 3 p.m.

Alice Pratt Brown Atrium


Art Start!

Thursday, February 15

10:30 a.m.

Art Start invites parents, grandparents, and caregivers and their toddler through preschool aged child to learn in a museum. The program includes age-appropriate stories, gallery play activities, and a make and take art project.

This month students will listen to The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats in connection to Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Work.

Meet at the Stephens Inc. Visitors Desk



Feed Your Mind Friday

Friday, March 16

12 – 1 p.m.

Katie Hall Garner, Registrar for Collections, and Ann Prentice Wagner, Ph.D., Curator of Drawings, will speak about the care and conservation of the John Marin Collection.

Tours begin at the Stephens Inc. Visitors Desk


Marin Scholars Day

Tuesday, March 27

2 p.m.

Four of the world’s foremost experts on the work of American modernist John Marin will discuss the latest interpretations of the use and purpose of drawings in modern art, particularly with regard to Marin’s work featured in Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Work.

Becoming John Marin explores the artist’s transformation from intuitive draftsman to innovative watercolorist and etcher. A revelatory new look at Marin’s work, the exhibition is a unique opportunity to see finished watercolors, etchings and oil paintings reunited with the sketches on which they were based for the first time outside the artist’s studio.

Meet the panelists:

Ann Prentice Wagner, Ph.D. is Curator of Drawings at the Arkansas Arts Center, curator of Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Work and author of the accompanying collection catalog.

Josephine White Rodgers, Ph.D. is Research Assistant, Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, co-curator of the exhibition, and co-author of the associated collection catalog.

Shelley R. Langdale, Ph.D. is Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which holds the greatest collection of John Marin etchings and etching plates, and a contributor to the exhibition catalog.

Ruth Fine, retired as Curator of Modern and American Prints and Drawings and Curator of Special Projects at the National Gallery of Art, which holds the largest collection of John Marin works in the world, and where Fine curated a major exhibition of Marin works, Selections and Transformations: The Art of John Marin.

Join us in Little Rock:

Attend Marin Scholars Day in person at the Arkansas Arts Center. Admission is free – reserve your seat at

Join us around the world:

Stream Marin Scholar Day on Facebook at 2 p.m. CST. We’ll be taking questions from the comments.



Feed Your Mind Friday

Friday, April 6

12 – 1 p.m.

Join us for a gallery talk with Robert Bean, Drawing and Painting Department Chair of the Museum School, to learn more about the work of John Marin.

Tours begin at the Stephens Inc. Visitors Desk



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