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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!

Special Exhibitions

Jon Schueler: Weathering Skies

August 5, 2016 — October 3, 2016

“The sky holds all things,” said Abstract Expressionist painter Jon Schueler (1916-1992). The twenty-five watercolors by Schueler in this exhibition are abstract, yet they are all about the evocative power of the sky. As the artist stated, “I’m deeply, almost dreadfully, concerned with nature.”

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Cut, Pieced, and Stitched:

Denim Drawings by Jim Arendt

August 5, 2016 — October 23, 2016

As humans we are all products of our individual and collective life experiences—a patchwork of sorts. Jim Arendt, an artist from South Carolina, explores the shifting paradigms of labor and sense of place through his figural paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and denim portraits. Organized in conjunction with the ACANSA Arts Festival, Cut, Pieced, and Stitched: Denim Drawings by Jim Arendt features ten, life-sized portraits of the artist’s family members and close friends made out of denim, a durable, traditional material used to manufacture jeans. “Denim seems created to be abused, worn out, patched, stained, and burnt through,” says Arendt. “Its characteristics are mirrored in the individuals I choose to represent.”

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A Special Loan: Renoir’s Madame Henriot

May 24, 2016 — October 16, 2016

The lovely French actress of the late nineteenth century known as Madame Henriot will be appearing at the Arkansas Arts Center this summer, in a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This magnificent full-length portrait of the actress in costume for a “breeches” role comes to Arkansas from the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio, in exchange for the Arkansas Arts Center’s lending its 1914 Cubist master work by Diego Rivera, Dos Mujeres, to the Columbus Museum for its exhibition Picasso and the Great War.

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Admiration:

A Special Loan

February 16, 2016 — October 30, 2016

This great French neoclassical painting of ladies admiring Cupid, the Roman god of love, comes as a special loan from the San Antonio Museum of Art. The painting is accompanied by a related drawing from San Antonio. The AAC complements these works with traditional academic drawings of the nude figure.

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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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