Two New Exhibits Open at Historic Arkansas Museum

Historic Arkansas Museum - Friday, April 10, 2015

LITTLE ROCK (April 1, 2015) - Historic Arkansas Museum will host a free opening reception for two new exhibits during 2nd Friday Art Night on April 10 from 5 to 8 pm. 2nd Friday Art Night at Historic Arkansas Museum includes Museum Store shopping, refreshments and live music by Phil G and Lori Marie.

Suggin Territory: The Marvelous World of Folklorist Josephine Graham opens in the Arkansas Made Gallery. Josephine Graham (1915-1999) a.k.a. “Josus,” was a celebrated artist and folklorist of Arkansas’s White River culture. Her “Suggin” folk paintings depict the Depression-era folk history of the White River region. Though professionally trained as a painter at Columbia University, her paintings are intentionally primitive in style and are inspired by the stories and lives of “Suggins,” a playful term Graham used in reference to the people living along the White River. Through more than twenty exhibitions, more than 100 paintings and a self-published cookbook, she shared the wonder and charm of her native region with the world. Graham was a founding member of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists and founder of the Suggin Folklife Society. The exhibit continues in the Arkansas Made Gallery through November 29, 2015.

Suyao Tian: Entangled Beauty opens in the Second Floor Gallery. The artwork of Suyao Tian is influenced by both eastern and western cultures. Her art explores contrast, cooperation and balance. Her musical background contributes concepts of rhythm and melody in the context of colors, lines and shapes. The exhibition continues in the Second Floor Gallery through June 7, 2015.

Historic Arkansas Museum’s Year of Arkansas Beer, sponsored by the Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation and presented by Arkansas Brewers Guild, continues in April with Lost Forty Brewing’s Belgian Blonde. Finger foods will also be available including Tent Show Cracker Jack and other "Old Timey" recipes from Josephine Graham’s Suggin Cookbook, which is no longer in print.

Also on exhibit:

  • John Harlan Norris: Public Face
  • The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3
  • 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. Please call Chris Hancock at

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