Recent Acquisitions Exhibit Opens on 2nd Friday Art Night 10th Anniversary

Historic Arkansas Museum - Friday, March 13, 2015

LITTLE ROCK (March 2, 2015) – Historic Arkansas Museum will host a free opening reception for Recent Acquisitions in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of 2nd Friday Art Night on March 13, 5-8 pm. Live music will be provided by The John Burnette Band and tulips have been donated for the anniversary celebration by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and P. Allen Smith.

The Recent Acquisitions exhibition will feature objects acquired for the museum’s permanent collection from 2012 to late 2014. The exhibition includes both 2-D and 3-D historical artifacts as well as contemporary pieces relevant to Arkansas history and heritage. Highlights of the exhibit include: a rare pre-1940 Niloak mission swirl pattern punch bowl and cup set, an 1890 portrait of Sitting Bull, two circa 1860 Arkansas-made derringer pistols made by gunsmiths L.F. Trumpler and A.R. Mendenhall, and a 2009 painting by Arkansas artist John Kushmaul featuring a scene of the Arkansas State Capitol and downtown Little Rock.

The Year of Arkansas Beer, sponsored by Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation and presented by Arkansas Brewers Guild, continues with Ozark Beer Co.’s American Pale Ale, recently named “Best Beer in Arkansas” by MSN Food & Drink. Ozark Beer Co.’s Belgian Style Golden Strong will also be available. A different Arkansas beer will be featured at Historic Arkansas Museum’s 2nd Friday Art Nights throughout 2015.

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of 2nd Friday Art Night, Historic Arkansas Museum, Arkansas Times and other venues are partnering to host the “Art Can” food drive benefitting the Arkansas Food Bank. Guests are encouraged to donate canned goods, canned/packaged meals, soup, peanut butter, cereal, 100% juice, pasta & pasta sauce, powdered milk, diapers and bath tissue at 2nd Friday Art Night venues on March 13 from 5 to 8 pm. The 2nd Friday Art Night trolley, sponsored by Arkansas Times, will also accept donations from 5 to 8 pm. Guests can ride the trolley to several venues at no charge.

2nd Friday Art Night began in March of 2005 to bring attention to downtown Little Rock as a growing arts and cultural destination with several galleries and museums within strolling distance of each other. In addition to highlighting existing art venues 2nd Friday Art Night has, over the past decade, contributed to the development of a vibrant nightlife rich with art, history, live music and shopping. By encouraging galleries, museums and cultural institutions to keep their doors open late one evening each month, the event has contributed to the thriving business environment of downtown Little Rock, improved the quality of life of those who work, live and play downtown and welcomed travelers to experience Little Rock in a fun way.

Also on exhibit:

  • John Harlan Norris: Public Face
  • Lisa Krannichfeld: She
  • The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3
  • Capturing Early Arkansas in Depth: The Stereoview Collection of Allan Gates
  • Arkansas Made Gallery
  • We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas (permanent)
  • The Knife Gallery (permanent)

Historic Arkansas Museum is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free; admission to the historic grounds is $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18, $1.50 for senior citizens. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Historic Arkansas Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which was created in 1975 to preserve and enhance the heritage of the state of Arkansas. Other agencies of the department are Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.


Digital images are available to accompany coverage of this exhibit. Please call Chris Hancock at

(501) 324-9307 or email [email protected]