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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 14:04:00

"The Plant" becomes "The Momentary" in Bentonville

That great big Bentonville cheese factory that brothers and Walmart heirs Tom and Stueart Walton are turning into a Mass MoCA-style contemporary art facility, which has been referred to as "the plant" by the folks working on the project, now has a real name: It will be called the Momentary, sister institution Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced today.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 09:09:00

Ben Butler, photographers open Baum season

The fall exhibition season opens Sept. 1 at the University of Central Arkansas's Baum Gallery with an installation by Memphis sculptor Ben Butler and a group photography show.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 16:22:00

Third Friday in Argenta: Artwalking to see Southern landscapes and more

Works by some of Arkansas's most distinguished artists, including the late Al Allen and Carroll Cloar, along with famed regionalist Thomas Hart Benton make up part of the offerings in "Southern Landscapes," a new exhibition at Greg Thompson Fine Art (429 Main St.) opening with the monthly Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk tonight.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 16:15:00

2nd Friday Art Night: Photographs from Rohwer, UA Little Rock

New UA Little Rock photography club holds first exhibit University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduates and students have started a new photography club and are displaying their skills at the club’s first photo exhibit at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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Friday, August 11, 2017 - 09:44:00

Get your fiber at the Main Branch of Laman Library: Cade, Halsey, Kuster, Zarco, Trusty, Hernandez and others

Sixteen women who work in fiber arts — including long-time fiber artist Barbara Cade, tapestry artist and 2017 Living Treasure, weaver Louise Halsey, and Delta Exhibition veteran Dr. Deborah Kuster — have contributed work to the "All Women Fiber Arts Exhibition" opening Friday at the William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock. There will be a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show is the second all-women fiber arts show organized by artist Rachel Trusty; the first was called "Form in Fiber," shown last year at the Laman Library Argenta Branch.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 15:52:00

UALR artist Mia Hall is off to Penland: UPDATE

The Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina has announced the hiring of Mia Hall, of the Department of Art and Design at UA Little Rock, as its new director.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 15:59:00

Speaker on Fay Jones at the Arkansas Arts Center

University of Arkansas architecture professor Jeff Shannon, who has edited a collection of essays by colleagues, clients and friends of famed Fayetteville architect Fay Jones, will give a talk about the book Tuesday, July 11, at the Arkansas Arts Center.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11:58:00

Delta Exhibition winners: A slideshow

Dawn Holder's porcelain blades of grass, in "Grass Variation (Mown Path)," won the Grand Award in the Arkansas Arts Center's 59th Delta Exhibition that opened last Friday. The award is worth $2,500; juror Betsy Bradley, director of the Mississippi Museum of Art, chose the Grand Award and Delta Award winners; members of the Arts Center's Contemporaries group chose the winner for the Contemporaries Award. The Delta Awards were $750; the Contemporaries Award was $250.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 17:13:00

Architects see challenges for Arts Center redesign

The layout of the Arkansas Arts Center, with its two entrances, confusing connectivity and a crazy quilt of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, presents a number of challenges for its renovation and expansion, architects from the Studio Gang firm told the board of directors today.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 11:09:00

Bentonville judges choose 'Red Dirt Rug' for ArtPrize

A panel that included Arkansas arts professionals met Monday night at 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville to listen to five pitches for an ArtPrize award to create public art in Grand Rapids, Mich. The jury — Dayton Castleman, museum manager at 21c Bentonville; Don Desmett, curator of the Western Michigan University ArtPrize venue; Shannon Dillard Mitchell, independent curator; Lauren Haynes, curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; and Marc Mitchell, curator and director of exhibitions, co-director of graduate studies, and assistant professor at the University of Arkansas — chose Rena Detrixhe's "Red Dirt Rug," a 1,000-square-foot rectangle of red dirt she'll imprint with carved shoe soles, for the $5,000 prize. You can see read more about the ArtPrize winner here and see a video of the presentations in Bentonville here.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:16:00

Justin Bryant: 'Color in Space' at Arts & Science Center

"Justin Bryant: Color in Space" at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, in Pine Bluff, features work by a native of that city who's gotten much deserved attention in the pages of the Arkansas Times, which featured him in last year's Visionary issue and in a cover story about the exhibition "Here. African American Art from the Permanent Collection of the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas."

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 10:18:00

Friday in Hot Springs: 'Place Holders' at Justus

Hot Springs' monthly Gallery Walk on Friday, May 5, should lead you to Justus Fine Art Gallery, 827 A Central Ave.,  where work by a number of Arkansas artists will be featured in a show called "Place Holders."

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 14:29:00

Sculpture chosen for Southwest Community Center

Stephen Shachtman's proposed sculpture "A," a 16-foot-high steel and bronze work, won the $60,000 commission awarded at the weekend's Sculpture in the River Market event. (See full news release on jump.) Best in Show went to Ted Schaal for his work "Shard."

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 15:43:00

Big night in Argenta: Harringtons at Laman, a Southern spring at Greg Thompson

Neal Harrington, Tammy Harrington, Jed Jackson, Alan Gerson, Dolores Justus, Stephano Sutherlin: Those are six reasons — and there are many more — to head over to Argenta tonight for the monthly ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 15:06:00

Louise Halsey chosen 2017 Arkansas Living Treasure

Weaver Louise Halsey of Oark, who creates fine art, rugs and dolls, and whose weavings of houses on fire ignited such admiration that she was included in the 2012 Women to Watch exhibition at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., has been named by the Arkansas Arts Council as the 2017 Arkansas Living Treasure. The annual award goes to a dedicated craftsperson who has helped preserve the craft by teaching to others.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 17:05:00

More Delta news: The artist lineup

The 59th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center, to open June 9, will feature 73 works by 57 artists from seven states, the Arts Center announced today. Read the news release here. Of the 57 artists, 41 are from Arkansas.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 16:56:00

Cantrell Gallery is open! See Jeffery Nodelman, "Doug" there

The remodeled Cantrell Gallery opens today with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for an exhibition of work by Jeffery Nodelman, “The Making of an Artist: Creative Inspirations.”

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 16:46:00

59th annual Delta Exhibition preview: Thanks, Facebook! UPDATES

Pleased as punch artists have been posting on Facebook the good news that their artworks have been accepted into the 59th annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. Here's a slideshow of works posted by accepted artists.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 16:02:00

Butler, Beasley and Williams-Smith: Non-traditional artists at reception at Hearne

Fabric artist Bisa Butler, collage artist Phoebe Beasley and metalpoint artist Marjorie Williams-Smith will be at a reception at Hearne Fine Art tonight in conjunction with the  exhibition, "Beyond Magic," reviewed here. The reception is from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; tomorrow, at 2 p.m., the artists will gather for a panel discussion on the show, which features women artists working in non-traditional mediums, including the glass and found art works by Lillian Blades (see image above) and the wire mesh sculptures of Anyta Thomas.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 16:07:00

The art of the book, Cuban-style, at UA Little Rock's Ottenheimer Library

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Ottenheimer Library has opened an exhibition, "Binding Communities: Cuba's Ediciones Vigia and the Art of the Book and Entrpreneurism," from the handmade collective in Matanzas, Cuba. Book artist Steven Miller of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa will give a talk on the show, which includes works by 71 artists, at 5 p.m. tonight, May 17, in the Fine Arts Building, Room 161.

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