From the Director
Photo by Brian Chilson
A Note from Todd...
It’s finally happening…the process of renovating and expanding the Arts Center has officially begun! As 2016 draws to a close, we look forward to announcing the selection of a design architect in early 2017. While we’re still years away from completion, each day brings us one step closer to enhancing our role as a cultural beacon for downtown Little Rock, advancing arts education, enhancing the quality of life, and promoting civic and cultural development for our community and visitors to enjoy for decades to come. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, we will continue to bring you first-class art exhibitions and offer exemplary—and fun—programming and attractions. September brings the start of the 2016–2017 Children’s Theatre season, including the continuation of our Studio Show series. And we’re excited to announce what are likely to be blockbuster Main Stage performances including Winnie-the-Pooh, Fancy Nancy the Musical, and more.
Little Dreams in Glass and Metal will bring to the forefront an often overlooked medium, enameling. From small jewelry to large wall panels, this exhibition gathers works from the best enamellists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including a well-known name at the Arts Center, Thom Hall. In addition to being included in the Little Dreams exhibition, a selection of Thom’s works will be shown in his own exhibition, Glass Fantasies: Enamels by Thom Hall, both shows run October 7 through December 31.
We’re also glad to welcome back a crowd favorite, the 48th Collectors Show and Sale. The New York art scene comes to Little Rock each year as the curators and AAC Collectors Group travel to New York, selecting dozens of pieces to bring back and share, giving you the opportunity to expand—or start—your own collection. And if you’re in the shopping mood, be sure to visit the Museum School Sale, November 18-19, where you can find wonderful paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and more, all made by our own Museum School students and faculty.
Fall brings the start of our new fiscal year. We are thrilled to report we have finished the sixth consecutive year in the black. It’s because of you that we are able to remain financially sound and bring educational works and exclusive opportunities to our community. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to growing together in the years ahead!
Todd A. Herman, Ph.D.