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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


The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design

September 29 – December 31, 2017

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design contains more than forty exceptional examples of American chairs, and is the first comprehensive survey of American chairs to be shown at the Arkansas Arts Center. Hailing from the Jacobsen Collection of American Art in Jacksonville, Florida, the chairs in the exhibition document the rich and varied evolution of American design, illustrate the emergence of new technologies and materials employed in their manufacture, reflect changes in consumer preferences and taste, as well as illustrate social and cultural developments. Designed for function, each of these sculptural works of art possesses a unique story, revealing as much about its own creation as it does our collective national identity.

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Special Exhibitions


Will Counts: The Central High School Photographs

August 8 – October 22, 2017

This exhibition of photographs marks the 60th anniversary of the historic integration of Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957 by the band of African American students who were dubbed the Little Rock Nine. The drama unfolded over several years, culminating in the fall 1957 events documented by local press photographer Will Counts (1931-2001) in powerful black and white images that appeared all over the country.

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Museum School Gallery


Form and Fear: New Work by Julia Baugh, Resident Artist – Ceramics

October 17, 2017 – January 28, 2018

In this exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center Museum School Resident Artist – Ceramics Julia Baugh tackles her fear of specific ceramic forms, like platters, teapots and pitchers.

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AAC Collection

AAC Collection on View

Ongoing

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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PAUL SIGNAC WATERCOLORS AND DRAWINGS:

THE JAMES T. DYKE COLLECTION

Ongoing

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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