September 2FAN at CALS Library Square tonight

Image may contain: indoorIn addition to the ACANSA opening events, CALS Library Square will be hosting its own 2nd Friday Art Night events.

Opening in the Underground Gallery – Carol Corning: Reflections
Artist Carol Corning’s works seek to recreate shared memories of a simpler time when everything important seemed to happen around the kitchen table. The fused glass and textile artworks in this exhibition are reminiscent of the quilts Corning’s mother made for her family and friends, evoking the lives of the women she grew up with in the country.


Opening in Concordia Hall – “Pass the Biscuits!”: The King Biscuit Blues Festival and Arkansas Blues
Since 1986, the annual King Biscuit Blues Festival has assembled the world’s best blues artists to perform in historic downtown Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. For this exhibition, King Biscuit Blues Festival posters and other musical artifacts provide a visual timeline to tell the festival’s story and to celebrate the past, present, and future of the blues in Arkansas.

Musical Guest: Fonky Donkey Duo (slide blues guitar & percussion vocal duo)

West Gallery: Arkansas Society of Printmakers: Big Impression Prints

Loft Gallery: Melissa Cowper-Smith – Natural Treatment, 2018–2019

The Bookstore at Library Square is proud to present new works from Arkansas Artist Carly Dahl in her show “Making Appearances” for sale at the monthly event, 2nd Friday Art Night.

Join us on the second Friday of every month for #2FAN, a free downtown art gallery walkabout from 5pm-8pm with light refreshments, art show, and late bookstore shopping.

Visit The Bookstore six days a week. Three floors of books, gifts, locally made art & jewelry, plus an art gallery. By far the best place to buy used books in central Arkansas. Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm. Gallery open during regular bookstore hours.

ACANSA 2019 Opening Reception features Ballet Arkansas and Open Studios preview

#ACANSA2019 Opening Reception

Featuring: Ballet Arkansas/Art with a Twist

Open Studios Artist Preview Exhibition as well as to more exhibits: Reflections (Carol Corning) and “Pass the Biscuits!”: The King Biscuit Blues Festival and Arkansas Blues 

Friday, September 13 – 5:00pm
Admission:  Free
CALS’ Roberts Library (formerly the Arkansas Studies Institute building)

The ACANSA Arts Festival of the South kicks off three weeks of performing arts, visual arts exhibitions and presentations during a free Opening Reception. Inside CALS’ Roberts Library in downtown Little Rock’s River Market, the ACANSA Festival Opening Reception includes an exhibit featuring artists participating in the Little Rock Arts + Culture Commission’s Open Studios.

Just outdoors, Ballet Arkansas brings even more levity to the Festival’s launch with an innovative cross-pollination between visual and performance art. Art with a Twist explores the motion behind the creation of modern art when Ballet Arkansas dancers use their bodies to create four unique outdoor pieces of visual art.Image may contain: 1 person, dancing

September 2FAN at HAM – soothSAY

Join HIstoric Arkansas Museum for the opening reception of “soothSAY” an exhibit by Culture Shock Arkansas. Shannon Boshears Band will provide the live entertainment. Kat Robinson, renowned author and food blogger, will be signing copies of her new book, “101 Things to Eat in Arkansas Before You Die,” in the Museum Store.

The reception is sponsored by the Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation, with special thanks to 107 Liquor. Beverages and appetizers will be served in the Stella Boyle Smith Atrium. The exhibits and reception are free and open to the public.

Exhibit celebrating the work of sculptor Jose Sacal opens at Clinton Center

José Sacal: A Universal MexicanA new exhibit is now open at the Clinton Presidential Center.  José Sacal: A Universal Mexican is presented in celebration of the CCIX Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico and National Hispanic Heritage Month

This exhibit is displayed in partnership with the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock and the José Sacal Micha Foundation.

José Sacal is undoubtedly one of the most prominent representatives of contemporary sculptural art. Known for his experimentation and freedom, Sacal recognized no boundaries in his sources of inspiration and was not afraid to find new meaning in old forms.

José Sacal: A Universal MexicanJosé Sacal: A Universal Mexican includes two groups of the artist’s work: sculptures inspired by other works of art and portraits of historical figures. In his works, Sacal finds the essence of each character or work. It can be a detail or an object, but the rest is something deeper. By recreating them, Sacal gives them a new meaning and establishes an artistic dialogue at a higher level. In his intelligent observation of art and history, Sacal reveals himself as a universal Mexican.

José Sacal: A Universal Mexican is sponsored locally by Arvest Bank, Arkansas Tech University, Centennial Bank, Hope Credit Union, ISTI Plant Services, Morelos Supermercados, Bank of America, First Community Bank, First Security Bank, and The Ramirez Law Firm, PLLC.

The Arkansas Arts Center Artmobile receives grant from Kum & Go

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The Arkansas Arts Center received a $7,500 grant from Kum & Go to support the Artmobile’s 2019–2020 touring season. 

The Artmobile – the Arkansas Arts Center’s “gallery on wheels” – is one of very few mobile museums in the country, and the only program of its kind in Arkansas. This unique gallery space features themed exhibitions of works from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection.

The Artmobile’s current exhibition, The Spirit of Independence, takes its name from Kent Bicentennial Portfolio: Spirit of Independence, commissioned in 1976. The exhibition presents a selection of works from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection that reflect on American history and ideals. The featured works explore movements and moments in American history, from the Great Migration to the Civil Rights and Women’s Rights movements. Other works explore the American experience through the symbols most often associated with the country. Through these works, Artmobile visitors are invited to reflect on their ideas of freedom, democracy and equality.

The Artmobile travels with an onboard educator will help visitors engage with the art and invite discussion in the context of visual arts, geography, economics, English language arts, environmental science, and technology. A curriculum guide offers a wide range of activities that fulfill Arkansas State Standards and frameworks – from quick-start activities to comprehensive lesson plans designed for K-12 audiences. Community Nights provide schools with an opportunity to invite the greater community into the gallery outside of normal school hours.

The Artmobile will be visiting libraries, community centers, fairs, and festivals throughout the state during the 2019-2020 season. When the Artmobile isn’t touring throughout the state, it will also be available for scheduled tours at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Riverdale location.

For more information, follow the Artmobile’s journey online at or on Twitter at