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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 59th Annual Delta Exhibition

June 9, 2017 - August 27, 2017

The Annual Delta Exhibition was founded in 1958 to feature contemporary work by artists from Arkansas and bordering states. Today, the Annual Delta Exhibition has grown to encompass works in all media and is a showcase for the dynamic vision of the artists of the Mississippi Delta region.

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Drawing on History: The National Drawing Invitational: A Retrospective Exhibition

April 11, 2017 - September 24, 2017

The Arkansas Arts Center presents an exhibition featuring drawings acquired from the works of artists featured in past National Drawing Invitational exhibitions. Since its inception in 1986, the National Drawing Invitational has contributed to the rise of drawing as a major medium in contemporary art by stimulating the making and collecting of American drawing.

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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

Robert Bean: Personal Spaces

July 18 - October 1, 2017

Museum School instructor Robert Bean’s exhibition features drawings made directly on the walls of the gallery with paint markers. While the exhibition officially opens on July 18th, the artist began drawing on July 11th. Museum visitors are welcome to watch the artist at work each afternoon Tuesday through Friday until he finishes the work. Images of the progressing wall drawing are being posted via social media.

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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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