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Arkansas Arts Center Hosts Special Exhibitions To Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary

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(LITTLE ROCK, AR) – In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Arkansas Arts Center has planned several special exhibitions. Currently on view in the Winthrop Rockefeller Foyer, the installation Building the Collection: How it Began showcases the first three drawings that were purchased in 1971 for the Arkansas Arts Center Collection – a watercolor by Andrew Wyeth, a charcoal by Willem de Kooning and a sumi ink piece by Morris Graves. Works that were acquired for the Arkansas Arts Center in the 1970s will also be on view in the adjacent Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery. These installations will be on view through February 27, 2011. The Arkansas Arts Center will present the Museum School Faculty Exhibition: Past and Present January 11- February 27, 2011. This exhibition highlights work by current Museum School faculty as well as work created by former faculty members from the Arkansas Arts Center collection. The Arts Center will showcase the work of Museum School faculty as part of a three-year series through 2013. The Young Arkansas Artists 50th Annual Exhibition will be held March 15 – April 17, 2011. In 1961, the Arkansas Arts Center hosted its first statewide children’s art exhibition. In its 50th year, the Young Arkansas Artists exhibition continues to recognize the creative achievements of students. This exhibition showcases artworks in all media created by students in kindergarten through 12th grade in Arkansas schools. In conjunction with the Young Arkansas Artists 50th Annual Exhibition, the Arkansas Arts Center will host a panel discussion titled 50th Anniversary of Young Arkansas Artists: How We Grow on February 17, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. A panel of art educators, artists and past participants in Young Arkansas Artists will discuss their experience with the exhibition. Tickets to the panel discussion are $5 and can be purchased by phone, online or in person. For more information or to purchase tickets for events, visit www.arkarts.com or call

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