Monday, August 22, 2016

AAC: In the black

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 5:10 PM

click to enlarge New acquisition: "Trompe l'oeil Table"  by Wendell Castle.
  • New acquisition: "Trompe l'oeil Table" by Wendell Castle.

The leadership of the Arkansas Arts Center announced at its annual meeting and luncheon today that it has just completed its sixth year in the black, continuing its recovery from a budget black hole created by an expensive blockbuster exhibition, "World of the Pharaohs."

It's been a good year for the Arts Center. Little Rock voters decided to use the last two pennies the Convention and Visitors Bureau could assess to fund a $37 million bond issue to renovate the Arts Center. Promised private funding has yet to be announced. The Arkansas Arts Center 
click to enlarge Attai Chen's "Untitled, Neckpiece" (paper, paint, glue, silver)
  • Attai Chen's "Untitled, Neckpiece" (paper, paint, glue, silver)
Foundation, the nonprofit that holds the artwork, announced its endowment stood at $25 million.

It was also announced that 24 architectural firms have expressed interest in the estimated $65 million Arts Center renovation. Arts Center consultant Deborah Frieden will give a public talk at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22 on "how the process is going to work," Foundation representative Bobby Tucker said.

That would be nice to include the public, since the city Little Rock has given up tax revenues that would otherwise go to promotion. Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola said he wanted to encourage public "involvement" and that people interested in the work of the Arts Center should "let us know." He said Director Todd Herman and the Arts Center Board of Directors was "always looking for good members." Well, good members that can afford to pony up $5,000 and raise another five grand every year. Then came the recognition of new board members (Marion Fulk, Gordon Silaski and Diane Jonsson), ex-officio members (Clark Huisman, Neil Gillespie and Pat Luzzi) and the sitting board. I'm sure they'll be very good, but again the Arts Center has come up with an all-white roster. The attendance at today's annual meeting was such that Director Herman tossed off a reference to "Wednesday Fried Chicken Night" in a plea for private funds and got many laughs. What? You didn't know about fried chicken night at the Country Club of Little Rock?

Brian Lang, chief curator and curator of contemporary crafts, got to do the fun part: Announcing that there were 187 new works of art added to the permanent collection.  There were 29 purchases and 158 donations, and among the new items are the works you see pictured here, plus jewelry by Elsie Freund, a work by Jennifer Bartlett, a William Beckman charcoal, a work by local artist Sally Williams, illustrator James Daugherty and other works.
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • Architecture lecture: Sheila Kennedy on "soft" design

    Sheila Kennedy, a professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd., will give the June Freeman lecture tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center, part of the Architecture + Design Network series at the Arkansas Arts Center.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • UA's Walton School eyes downtown location for executive ed program

    The Walton College of Business is working to expand its executive education by opening an office in downtown Little Rock that would offer non-degree programs to the health, banking and finance and retail industries in Central Arkansas, the school confirmed today.
    • Feb 18, 2017
  • Crystal Bridges acquires Alice Neel portrait

    American portrait painter Alice Neel's painting of civil rights activist Hugh Hurd is now a part of the collection at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Staff Picks: Netflix and Chill, Benji's pasta fresca, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more

    The podcast Design Matters, published by Design Observer, is celebrating its 10th year and they are revisiting some of their best episodes from the last decade. I just finished this week's replay of the interview with the Scottish born illustrator Marion Deuchars. At the end of the wonderful interview, her two young sons are invited into the studio near where they pitch in some of their own thoughts on art and, in particular, drawing in the art books their mother created for children and adults.
    • Aug 28, 2015
  • Guest Mix: Rural War Room

    World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
    • Sep 14, 2015
  • Your new flags of Little Rock

    BRASHER: Hello Arkansans, this is the first piece from us, Brasher and Rowe and we are some dudes who work in downtown Little Rock and we eat lunch and just talk about all the exciting things around here.
    • Sep 18, 2015

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

"Locally Labeled" passport expands to accommodate booming brew scene

"Locally Labeled" passport expands to accommodate booming brew scene

As if great beer weren't reward enough, you can earn prizes for sampling local craft beverages

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation