“The White House Collection of American Crafts,” the first of the art exhibits celebrating the upcoming opening of the Clinton Presidential Center and Park, comes to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Nov. 1.
The collection, which appeared at the Decorative Arts Museum in fall 1999, was curated by Michael Monroe, then of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, during the “Year of American Craft” in 1993. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton took a public role in publicizing the collection and the work of contemporary American craftsmen.
Gallery I will feature 30 of the 72 works in the collection, which include metal, ceramic, fiber, wood and glass objects. Arkansas artists represented includes woodturner Robyn Horn and ceramic artists Michael Haley and Susy Siegele. The pieces are on loan from the Clinton library.
In conjunction with the exhibit, UALR’s Artspree series will premiere Robert Boury’s composition “Of History and Hope,” a setting for Miller Williams’ poem delivered at President Clinton’s second inauguration, at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. Williams will be a special guest at the event. Call 569-3288 for ticket information.
Dr. Earl Powell III, director of the National Gallery, will give a talk, “A Gift to the Nation: The National Gallery of Art,” in the concert hall at 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets are free, but seating is limited.
An exhibit by the National Bible Museum, “From the Shores of the Euphrates to the Shores of New England,” comes to the Hilton Little Rock Metro Center at I-630 and University Avenue on Wednesday, Nov. 3. The exhibit tells the history of the English Bible with such artifacts as Hebrew scrolls, Coptic scriptures, an original 1400 Wycliff New Testament, a fragment of a first edition 1455 and more.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $17 on weekends and $15 weekdays for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $32 for a family of four.
Oval Art Gallery at 201 W. Capitol Ave. will show works by artists represented by the gallery in “Oval Artists: The Collection” starting Friday, Oct. 29. An artists’ reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that evening; there is free parking in the rear of the building. For more information, call Pepper Pepper at 244-0800.