From the Director
Photo by Brian Chilson
A Note from Todd...
As the heat of the summer begins to abate, we must say goodbye to the Treasures of Kenwood House. Nearly 1,250 people attended the opening—an Arts Center record—and our visitors have been captivated by the exhibition. I hope that you have visited these paintings often and have been enriched by having access to these masterworks. In honor of Edward Guinness, we will be holding a “last call” party on September 8. This is your last chance to soak up— or drink in—these exquisite paintings! Also, be on the look-out for a fun surprise at the Arts Center following the close of Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London.
The summer was an exciting time at the Arts Center, and fall is shaping up to provide even more opportunities for our members. The Children’s Theatre season opens with Pinkalicious in September, the same month the Museum School’s drawing and painting seminar will arrive on the Amalfi coast for a week of instruction and inspiration in one of the world's most beautiful locations.
Opening in October, Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge and Face to Face: Artists' Self-Portraits from the Collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch, Jr. are two exhibitions that explore one of the oldest subjects in art—portraiture. Together, these exhibitions demonstrate the creativity of artists in presenting something so familiar in new and different ways. Also opening in October is a landmark exhibition highlighting one of the most influential artists of the 20th century – Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade. This exhibition has already received positive reviews in the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and the catalogue for the exhibition was named among the top 20 art books for 2012 by The Huffington Post. Don’t miss these engaging exhibitions!
And finally, make sure to attend the Museum School Sale. Always a popular event, it’s your opportunity to support our teachers and students and find fun, original gifts. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I am excited about this fall, and I hope that you are too. It’s a great time to be a member of the Arkansas Arts Center!
Todd Herman, Ph.D., Executive Director