Earlier this month, OZ Art NWA, which was launched in 2017 by members of the Walton family, announced the start of a new initiative called Arkanvas. In partnership with Fort Smith's Unexpected project and global curator firm Justkids, artists from around the world will install 12 public works of art in cities across Arkansas.
After a series of setbacks this year, local artist collective Art Ventures NWA is set to hire its first executive director. The position will be funded by a $197,800 grant from the Windgate Foundation.
MM Kent, an award-winning artist who resides in Fayetteville, has self-published A Coward’s Guide to Oil Painting: the Novel. The coming of age love story is set in the hippie subculture of 1969, with a pair of characters traversing the American South and the wilds of Mexico on two separate quests. And yes, each chapter opens with guidance on painting with oils.
A color pencil portrait of two young women dressed up in gowns with nowhere to go is heading to the U.S. Capitol for a year. The artwork by Autumn Blaylock, who just graduated Fayetteville High School, is titled "Pandemic Prom" and it recently won the Congressional Art Competition for the 3rd District of Arkansas.