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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

Industrial Beauty:

Charles Burchfield’s Black Iron

February 26, 2016 — May 8, 2016

Industrial Beauty: Charles Burchfield’s Black Iron celebrates the acquisition of the powerful 1935 watercolor of this name as a gift from Hope Aldrich in honor of her father, John D. Rockefeller 3rd. The exhibition places the completed watercolor in the context of the 7 sketches and one sheet of notes which accompanied the work. Then around that suite of images, the exhibition gathers Burchfield’s most important images of industrial technology.

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Dorothea Lange’s America

February 26, 2016 — May 8, 2016

This exhibition of photographs by Dorothea Lange and her fellow New Deal photographers demonstrates the power of strong images to change minds. Lange did some of her greatest work during the Great Depression years of the 1930s when she was employed by the Farm Security Administration, a federal agency formed under the Franklin Roosevelt administration’s New Deal to assistant poor farmers. Lange made iconic photographs, including her famed Migrant Mother, showing unemployed and underemployed farm workers coping with the worst of hard times.

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Special Exhibitions


May 6, 2016 — July 24, 2016

In 1961, the Arkansas Arts Center hosted the first statewide Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition to ensure learning, inspiration, and creative expression. This annual young artists exhibition showcases artwork from students in kindergarten through 12th grade and arts organizations across the state.

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Admiration:

A Special Loan

February 16, 2016 — May 15, 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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Museum School Gallery

Miranda Young: A Printed Menagerie

February 23, 2016 — May 29, 2016

Miranda Young combines interests in design, bold graphic prints, and drawings to make large scale linocuts and sculptures of animals. She is in love with discovering the textures of the animal’s fur and skin through the carving of the lino plate and the scrafito carving process in the clay.

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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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