As mentioned in the previous post about the new Arts Council director, which was prepared before the official announcement, the Department of Arkansas Heritage announced today that Missy McSwain, longtime director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, has resigned. Her resignation takes effect March 15.
The word is out that Patrick Ralston, who has been an analyst with the Legislative Bureau of Legislative Research and previously worked with the Department of Arkansas Heritage in the Historic Preservation Program, is the new Arkansas Arts Council director.
Michael Warrick and Aaron Hussey glass and steel sculpture, "Straight Lines on a Round World," which celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase survey, has been installed outside the Statehouse Convention Center.
To get into the "Small Works on Paper" show, you have to prove you can make fine art no larger than 18 by 24 inches. Here are the 36 artists who satisfied the Arkansas Arts Council's judges for the 30th annual traveling exhibition, which opens Jan. 3 at the East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center in Forrest City:
"William Dunlap, Landscape and Variable, Recent Works" opens Friday, Dec. 18, at Greg Thompson Fine Art, one of 11 venues open 5-8 p.m. Friday for Argenta ArtWalk. Dunlap is a Virginia painter whose work reflects on Southern culture and history; the show runs through Feb. 11. Thompson is at 429 Main St.
Prepare for a busy 2nd Friday Art Night tomorrow night, where folks will be celebrating Matt McLeod Fine Art's first anniversary, listening to the Arkansas Chamber Singers at the Old State House Museum, prefacing a performance by Richard Leo Johnson with an exhibition of his photographs at the Butler Center Galleries, hearing a talk and demonstration by Robert Bean about his creative process at Arkansas Capital Corp., and slinging back eggnog while seeing new works by Rex Deloney at the Historic Arkansas Museum. Read more about Johnson, the Chamber Singers and 2nd Friday Art Night here.
Mason Archie and Arkansas-born artist Larry Wade Hampton will be at Hearne Fine Art from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday and give talks 3-5 p.m. Saturday in connection with their exhibition, "Landscapes Unmasked," which also includes work by Dean Mitchell and 19th century African-American artists Robert S. Duncanson and Edward M. Bannister.
Ken McCown, department head and professor of landscape architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, will give a talk tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center on the changing role of designers.
The 48th "Collectors Show and Sale" opens tomorrow (Nov. 11) at the Arkansas Arts Center with about 150 works from New York galleries, all selected by the arts center's Collectors Group in its September trip to the Big Apple.
The removal of a photograph of a woman worshiping before a semi-erect penis from the Fayetteville Underground gallery caused a mass exodus of the gallery's "resident artists" in October, including such well-known Ozark artists at Hank Kaminsky, Sabine Schmidt, William Mayes Flanagin, Mike Haley, Susie Siegele, Ed Pennebaker and the photographer whose work was censored, Alli Woods Frederick.
Watercolor artist William McNamara, whose home borders the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area and has made a career of careful rendering of his Ozarks environs, opens a show of new work today at Studio 454, 454 Center St., in Fayetteville. Reception is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight; the show runs through Nov. 27. Studio 454 is the office of architect Dan McKee.
Kat Wilson's exhibition "Habitats: Bentonville" feature her iconic biographical story-telling compositions of people amid their possessions. But Wilson's Bentonville series, which opens Friday, Nov. 4, at the The Foundation as part of its The Art Department series, departs from her traditional way of working: She's allowed the subjects to compose their own environments, to let them have more say in their story.
It was a long but fascinating day at the Arkansas Arts Center as the five architecture firms chosen as finalists for to renovate and add on to the Arts Center presented their philosophies of work and their ideas on how to meet the Arts Center's desire to connect to the park and city. This will be a skeletal rundown of what I heard today over five hours, with more detail to come later.
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