Public art

Each year the Unexpected, a public art festival in Fort Smith slowly expands to reach new audiences. The murals- vibrant, graphic, comedic and arresting- creep from one building to the next along Garrison Avenue downtown.

After four years of international artists descending on this, as some say, 'sleepy' town the art is starting to have a lasting impact not only on the face of the city, but in the daily lives of its residents. 


Green Candy is an art action presented by Experience Fayetteville and JustKids with the goal of generating discussion around waste and sustainability through interactive and participatory art. Four international artists and two local artists are working on murals and other projects around Fayetteville this week.

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Large-scale paintings have appeared on buildings in Bentonville, Fayetteville and Springdale this month. The subject matter ranges from the Experience Fayetteville logo to a gigantic blue octopus. The paintings have been created by local artists Olivia Trimble, Jason Jones and Matt Miller.

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International artists will once again paint murals in downtown Fort Smith as part of The Unexpected. Now in its second year, this art initiative is expanding to include the creation of a mural in Fayetteville. In addition to murals, the project will also feature two art installations.

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The Bentonville Public Art Advisory Committee and Visit Bentonville are looking for artists to help add more public art to the city. They are seeking design proposals for tunnels along the city's trail system and a crosswalk in the arts district. Submissions are due by noon June 1.