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Events for September 2014

  • History of the Bowie Knife • Knife Gallery

    Permanent Exhibit
    Learn about the 175-year history of the bowie knife or Arkansas Toothpick, Arkansas’s most famous weapon. The story of Jim Bowie, as well as the history and art of bladesmithing are told in the museum’s Knife Gallery. The exhibit includes more than 100 historical and modern knives and is the official exhibit for the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame.

  • We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas

    Permanent Exhibit
    Learn the story of Arkansas's first people, in their own words. Those words and more than 150 objects tell teh history of the Caddo, Osage and Quapaw--their arrival, their lives here, their forced removal and how their traditions continue today.

  • Arkansas Made: Arkansas Made Gallery

    Permanent Exhibit
    For nearly 30 years, Historic Arkansas Museum has collected Arkansas Made. Now we are premiering an Arkansas Made gallery that will showcase those decades of researching and seeking out the art and everyday objects, made in Arkansas, that tell of our state’s creativity, artistry, craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibilities. From a wardrobe made in 1850 by Izard County cabinetmaker John Lancaster to the late 20th century craft revival art baskets of Arkansas Living Treasure Leon Niehaus, this gallery will reflect the rich cultural heritage of Arkansas and its people.

  • "So What!" It's The Least I Can Do… new paintings by Ray Wittenberg

    June 13, 2014—Sept. 7, 2014
    Little Rock artist Ray Wittenberg’s large-scale paintings explore a turn away from the conjuring marks of expression toward a search for pictorial simplicity. These whimsical paintings explore nothing more than the relationship between the elements of line and color with the goal to strip everything down to the essentials and achieve simplicity. The pared-down design elements, along with repetition, “desirably get the painter out of the equation,” states Wittenberg.

  • Kateri Joe: Thank Your Lucky Stars

    July 11, 2014—Sept. 7, 2014
    Kateri Joe is a painter living just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. Self-taught in art, but academically trained in psychology, her two passions converge in her mixed media pieces. Her pieces are often reflective, eccentric and made with unconventional media—such as dirt, gold leaf and fingerprints. This is her first full exhibition and is based on the universal relationship of humanity and the Cosmos.

  • The Thirteenth Annual Eclectic Collector Series: A Beauty on It Sells Advertising– Art from the collection of Marsha Stone

    July 11, 2014—Jan. 5, 2015
    Women have been used in modern advertising since its inception. Marsha Stone’s vintage collection of advertising materials from the late 19th and early 20th century showcases a rare glimpse into the world of advertising in days gone by.

  • The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3

    Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 - May 3, 2015.
    From appliquéd to pieced, from abstract to pattern and from traditional to modern—this exhibit has it all. The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3 is a juried quilt show that celebrates contemporary Arkansas quilters and features more than 30 quilts from across the state. You'll be surprised by the variety in size, technique and composition. These quilts are works of art. Prizes will be awarded opening night for Best of Show, Best Hand Quilting and Best Machine Quilting, as well as awards in the following categories: Pieced, Appliqué, Mixed and Group. The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3 continues in the Horace C. Cabe Gallery through May 3, 2015.

  • Jack Kenner and Ed Pennebaker: Disciplined Inspiration

    Sept. 9 - Nov. 9, 2014
    Disciplined Inspiration features the photography of Jack Kenner of Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas, and art glass by Ed Pennebaker who resides near Osage, Arkansas. Kenner spent much of his professional life traveling the world as an accomplished commercial and art photographer, but it was the Horseshoe Lake landscapes of the Arkansas Delta that inspired the body of work he will exhibit at the Historic Arkansas Museum. “While traveling the 30 miles back and forth to my studio in Memphis, I found I could not pass by the beautiful scenes of the farmlands and lake without seeing it through my camera lens.” Pennebaker makes illuminated art glass and sculpture using traditional offhand glassblowing techniques, and he believes in “working incessantly—cultivating concepts, discrimination and technique.” Pennebaker works with the glass to show its fluid qualities and its interaction with light. “I derive much of my inspiration from the garden and the woods surrounding my home and studio.” Pennebaker has worked from his woodland studio, Red Fern Glass, near Osage for more than 20 years. Disciplined Inspiration continues in the Trinity Gallery through November 9, 2014.

  • 40 years of the Arkansas Times

    September 9, 2014 - December 9, 2014.
    From a spunky monthly launched with $200 in the bank to one of the earliest alternative weeklies, the Arkansas Times has been an essential voice in Arkansas news and culture since 1974. Take a look back at the last 40 years of Arkansas history through the often-irreverent lens of the Times in a collection of archival covers, photos, art and memorabilia. 40 years of Arkansas Times continues in the Second Floor Gallery through November 9, 2014.

  • 2nd Friday Art Night

    September 12, 2014
    5 pm - 8 pm
    Opening reception for two new exhibits: Ed Pennebaker and Jack Kenner: Disciplined Inspiration Disciplined Inspiration features the photography of Jack Kenner of Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas, and art glass by Ed Pennebaker who resides near Osage, Arkansas. Kenner spent much of his professional life traveling the world as an accomplished commercial and art photographer, but it was the Horseshoe Lake landscapes of the Arkansas Delta that inspired the body of work he will exhibit at the Historic Arkansas Museum. “While traveling the 30 miles back and forth to my studio in Memphis, I found I could not pass by the beautiful scenes of the farmlands and lake without seeing it through my camera lens.” Pennebaker makes illuminated art glass and sculpture using traditional offhand glassblowing techniques, and he believes in “working incessantly—cultivating concepts, discrimination and technique.” Pennebaker works with the glass to show its fluid qualities and its interaction with light. “I derive much of my inspiration from the garden and the woods surrounding my home and studio.” Pennebaker has worked from his woodland studio, Red Fern Glass, near Osage for more than 20 years. Disciplined Inspiration continues in the Trinity Gallery through November 9, 2014. 40 years of the Arkansas Times From a spunky monthly launched with $200 in the bank to one of the earliest alternative weeklies, the Arkansas Times has been an essential voice in Arkansas news and culture since 1974. Take a look back at the last 40 years of Arkansas history through the often-irreverent lens of the Times in a collection of archival covers, photos, art and memorabilia. 40 years of Arkansas Times continues in the Second Floor Gallery through November 9, 2014.

  • Q is for Quilt: A Children’s Story & Crafts Hour

    Saturday, September 20, 2014
    10 am -
    Join us for story time in the galleries amid the quilts hanging in The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3 exhibit. Then, decorate a quilt square to add to the Community Quilt that we will later piece together, quilt and display. It’s all FREE. Fun for ages 3 – 8.