Arkansas Arts

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
Arkansas Arts Center

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.

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

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.”

Arkansas Reader's Map To Debut

Apr 12, 2016

A new map and website celebrating nearly 460 Arkansas writers is being launched Tuesday. It's called "A Reader's Map of Arkansas." It serves as an update of a similar work published by the late poet C.D. Wright in 1994. 

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
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A renowned traveling exhibit of art and artifacts showing the role of African Americans throughout history is now on display at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in downtown Little Rock.

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have been amassing primary source documents, artifacts and fine art for more than 30 years. Although they live in Los Angeles, since 2007 their collection has toured the nation. It’s been visited by more than 5 million people. This is the first time it has been shown in Arkansas.  

The Threshold of Structure

Apr 7, 2016

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with poet Terry Wright, whose book Graphs published by Kairos Editions in 2008 and chapbook Fractal Cut-Ups from Kattywompus  Press in 2011 demonstrate the organic heuristics of mashing up data and Internet search strings to produce prose poetry.

Courtesy of Mike Ammons

A 67 year-old homeless man hit and killed by a car in Little Rock last year was once one of the world's foremost Beatles fans and collectors. He was even financially supported at the end of his life by a $10,000 check from Yoko Ono.

KUAR's Sarah Whites-Koditschek spoke with Will Stephenson of the Arkansas Times about his reporting on Fred Arnold's lifelong love of the Beatles.