Arkansas Arts

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The Robinson Center is eager to show off the expanded capabilities of its new theater once renovations are completed in November.

Ed Payton, CEO of Celebrity Attractions, announced Monday that The Lion King will be in the theater’s lineup of Broadway musicals for the 2017-2018 season. It and Broadway’s longest running musical, Phantom of the Opera, are shows that were not physically possible in the musical hall prior to the Robinson Center’s renovations.

All Wars Are Civil Wars

Sep 23, 2016

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we explore the historical fiction of Andrew Malan Milward's collection,  I Was A Revolutionary, interrogates historical Kansas from the Civil War to the present through literary fiction and artifacts, including Wikipedia entries, photographs, maps and satirical cartoons.

A&L Short: Kevin And Gus Kerby

Sep 12, 2016
Kevin and Gus Kerby
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This back-to-school season, we highlight a father and son musical team from central Arkansas who spent a large part of their summer playing, practicing and laughing together.

Kevin and Gus Kerby sat down in the KUAR studios with J. Bradley Minnick of Arts and Letters. They talked about how playing music together has fostered a good sense of humor and strengthened their relationship.

Jeff Waddle Jeanfo
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Jeff Waddle looks like he rides a Harley Davidson. He’s an artist in Little Rock, whose work is full of arrows and stars wiggling through sheets of metal or brightly painted pieces of wood. But many of the sculptures in his studio are chunks of glossy, light green steel by Waddle's long-time friend, the French artist Jean Faure, known simply as Jeanfo.

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The new “American Made” exhibit is now open at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It features pieces from a collection at the American Folk Art Museum. It focuses on early American folk art, with pieces ranging from practical, like weathervanes and quilts, to the absurd, like a whirligig depicting Uncle Sam perched on a bicycle.

Mindy Besaw, a curator at Crystal Bridges, says many of the works wouldn’t normally be presented on the same level as more conventional pieces in the museum’s collection.

We Have Taken & Eaten

Jun 23, 2016

 

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with percussionist Kevin Sims, composer Scott Wollschleger and poet Abby Minor about their experimental monodrama, “We Have Taken & Eaten.” The piece is performed with an array of traditional percussion and non-traditional instruments, including cassette tape players, temple bowls and light bulbs.

Arkansas Arts Center To Host Annual Delta Exhibition

Jun 9, 2016
Arkansas Arts Center Delta Exhibition Collectors Group
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The 58th Annual Delta Exhibition is opening Friday at the Arkansas Arts Center. It features contemporary works in all media by selected artists from Arkansas and bordering states.

Liz Garvey, the juror for this year’s exhibition, says it’s a high-caliber celebration of regional art.

"It’s a very competitive, highly sought after invitational show," says Garvey. "The purpose is to highlight some of the best artists who are currently working in the Delta region of our country."

Shakespeare's First Folio published in 1623.
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One of the most valuable books in the world, the first compilation of plays by William Shakespeare will be on exhibit June 7 at the University of Central Arkansas. The school is partnering with the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre to host the exhibit, entitled First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. UCA is the only location in the state to display the nationally-touring First Folio.

Down Home Soul

May 12, 2016
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On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with Hot Springs, Arkansas native Rashod Ollison. His memoir, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues, & Coming of Age Through Vinyl, was published by Beacon Press in 2016.

Growing up in Hot Springs and Little Rock in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Rashod Ollison experienced a world of “cold love, redolent of vinegar, without the slightest hint of sweetness.”

And the only thing that helped him endure was music.

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A temporary exchange of paintings will bring a Renoir masterpiece to the Arkansas Arts Center. Dr. Ann Prentice Wagner, curator of drawings, says Pierre Auguste Renoir’s “Madame Henriot in Costume” will bring a new perspective to other pieces in the museum's permanent collection.

“Of course, Pierre Auguste Renoir is one of the great impressionist masters and this is a really fabulous full-length portrait,” said Wagner, “and it’s not like anything we have on the wall. We have a small Renoir, still life of dead game.”

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