Two Contemporary Art Exhibits Open at Historic Arkansas Museum

Historic Arkansas Museum - Friday, February 13, 2015

LITTLE ROCK (January 27, 2015) – Historic Arkansas Museum is proud to present two new contemporary art exhibits on February 13, 2015. John Harlan Norris: Public Face opens in the Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists and Lisa Krannichfeld: She opens in the Second Floor Gallery. There will be a free opening reception for both exhibits on February 13, 5 – 8 p.m., in conjunction with downtown Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night. Live music will be provided by Whale Fire. The band has been described as “One of the finest young local bands to emerge lately” by the Arkansas Times and Arkansas Democrat Gazette described their unique music as “Indie pop tracks, with an expansive and ambitious feel.” Historic Arkansas Museum’s Year of Arkansas Beer continues with Stone’s Throw Brewing’s Chocolate Stout. A different Arkansas beer will be featuredat Historic Arkansas Museum’s 2nd Friday Art Nights throughout 2015.

In a twist on traditional portraiture, painter John Harlan Norris focuses on the uniforms and tools of each sitter’s trade in order to describe the subject’s complex relationship with his or her primary occupation. This process obscures the sitter’s face and other identifying characteristics, lending emphasis to “the signifiers of the roles they assume in their daily lives.” Mr. Norris is an associate professor of Art at Arkansas State University and he exhibits his artwork nation-wide. The exhibition continues in the Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists through May 3, 2015.

Little Rock artist Lisa Krannichfeld is influenced by a mixture of Southern American and Chinese cultures. Her work primarily focuses on women. She often uses traditional Chinese ink and watercolor materials in a nontraditional and free-flowing way. Lisa has been featured in The Jealous Curator and Anthology Magazine. She was named “One to Watch” in Saatchi Art Magazine and “Woman to Watch” by Soiree Magazine. Her work is included in several private and corporate collections throughout Arkansas and in private collections around the world. The exhibition continues in the Second Floor Gallery through April 5, 2015.

Also on exhibit:

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 this exhibit. Please call Chris Hancock at

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