Gallery exhibitions across the state
ï¸ Boswell Mourot Fine Art, 1501 South Main St., Suite H, Little Rock, will host a new exhibition by Arkansas artist Ray Parker entitled “Larger Than Life”. Parker’s exhibition will consist of portraits and altarpieces that examine the human face and figure. It will debut on Friday and run through July 31st.
ï¸ Cantrell Gallery, 8208 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, welcomes artist John Wooldridge to a solo exhibition titled “Done Got Lost” open to the public from Friday through September 4th. There will be an opening reception on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
ï¸ The galleries & bookstore on the library square, in the Bobby L. Roberts Building on the Central Arkansas Library System’s main campus (401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock), opened a new exhibit Friday in addition to two ongoing exhibits. The latest exhibit is Clara’s Sketchbook, which highlights Clara Mitchell’s pen drawings. The current exhibitions are “New Kids on the Print Block” in the Underground Gallery (until August 27) and Gregory Moore’s “Biota” in the Loft Gallery (until September 25).
â¼ï¸ UA Little Rocks Windgate Center of Art + Design (2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock) lists an ongoing exhibition, “Clay, Metal, Stone, Wood,” which shows Michael Warrick’s sculptures at the Brad Cushman Gallery. Warrick was recognized as an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Arts Council in 2020. This exhibition runs until July 22nd.
â¼ï¸ The Historic Arkansas Museum (200 E. Third St., Little Rock) also opened a new exhibition on Friday with “Arkansas Made: Photographs by Rett Peek” in the 2nd Floor Gallery. This exhibition highlights a selection of Peek’s work for the recently released Arkansas Made Vol. I & II and joins two rotating exhibitions – Stitched Together: A Treasury of Arkansas Quilts, which are available through October at the Cabe Gallery , and “Aaron Calvert and Susan Chambers: Gone to Seed” available through August 22nd at the Trinity Gallery in addition to the museum’s permanent exhibits.
ï¸ Christ Episcopal Church (509 Scott St., Little Rock) hosts two exhibitions for local artists Mallory Newbern and Austin Grimes, “Contrast, First and Foremost” and “A Nonagenarian’s Selective Views of This World,” respectively. The exhibits were opened on Friday and will be on display and available for purchase until September 30th. The opening times of the gallery are limited to the opening times of the churches: Monday to Thursday 10 am-3pm and Friday 9 am-12pm.
â¼ï¸ The Mosaic Templar cultural center (501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock) continues to host “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” an exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service that shows the realities of black travelers in the Jim Crow era. This exhibition is free and runs until August 1st.
â¼ï¸ The Argenta Branch Library Art Gallery (in the library building at 420 Main St., North Little Rock) will reopen on Friday with “HUMANITY”. The exhibition will feature 69 works by 15 local photographers documenting human moments from birth to death. The gallery’s opening times are on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until September 10th.
â¼ï¸ The Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (formerly Arkansas Arts Center) is temporarily closed to the public, however virtual exhibitions will continue on its website at arkmfa.org. Currently in the program: the 60th “Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition”; the 62nd “Annual Delta Exhibition” which will host a virtual watch party for their documentary “DELTA 60” on Facebook on Wednesday; and “Height x Width x Depth,” which highlights sculpture from the museum’s collection.
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (600 Museum Way, Bentonville) also offers a number of exhibits:
What I Know: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey, featuring the works of more than a dozen black artists from a variety of media, donated to the museum by lawyer and collector Gordon W. Bailey. This exhibition is available until October 11th.
“Crystal Bridges at 10” opened on Sunday and runs through September 27th to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the museum’s opening in 2011. The event consists of 10 different “immersive experiences” with more than 130 works of art from the museum’s collection, both of which are returning and brand new.
The Currently (507 SE E St., Bentonville) also has three new exhibits for the summer:
“Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody” is available until September 19 and features three recent works by filmmaker Bradley (“America”, https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/jul/13/art-in-arkansas / “AKA” and “Alone”) who examine “Race, Class, Family Relationships, Social Justice, Southern Culture, and US Film History”.
“Space Station: Radiant Behind the Sun” highlights the work of interdisciplinary filmmaker Cauleen Smith with an immersive exploration of a “space station” in the gallery space showing two of Smith’s films “Sojourner” and “Pilgrim”. This exhibition is available until October 17th.
“Kenny Rivero: The Floor Is Crooked” with paintings by the New York artist from the past decade. Expires October 24th.
Gallery 211 south (located at Engel & Volkers at 211 S. Main St., Bentonville) has “Origin” which highlights the work of the Arkansas artists Jessica Mongeon and Steven Wise. Her next exhibition “Intimate Immensity” will open on July 28th. The exhibition shows a selection of paintings by Adam Fulwiler as well as drawings and sculptural objects by Christian Schultz and can be seen until October 22nd.
The Hendrix College website Windgate Museum of Art (1600 Washington Ave., Conway) says it will be closed for the summer and will reopen in September. A virtual exhibition with the title “art @ hendrix!” shows art from before the Windgate Museum opened. With works of art created or collected by alumni as well as former and current lecturers and employees, it is available until July 31 on the website windgatemuseum.org.
The South Arkansas Arts Center (110 E. Fifth St., El Dorado) presents “Step Forward / Stand Back”, a collection of works by the internationally known artist and Magnolia-born Jay Shinn. It features large-format graphic abstract paintings and several works using neon lights, a combination familiar to those who follow Shinn’s work. It will be on view through July 24th, with a closing reception on that day at 6:00 p.m.
“Curving Chaos” by Robyn Horn is one of several new works of art that are part of the Justus Fine Art Gallery’s summer exhibition. (Courtesy Robyn Horn & Justus Fine Art Gallery)
Justus Fine Art Gallery (827 Central Ave., #A, Hot Springs) continues to host its summer exhibit, which will last through July. The exhibition features the work of more than a dozen artists, with recent additions being new sculptures by Robyn Horn and paintings and sculptures by Mark Blaney. Please visit justusfineart.com for more information.
The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (701 S. Main St., Pine Bluff) organizes the “Irene Rosenzweig Biennale Juried Exhibition 2021” from July 22nd to October 16th, opening on July 22nd from 5-7pm. The collection includes 37 works by 34 artists, with Submissions from artists aged 18 and over in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.
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