Since 1958, the Arkansas Arts Center has put together a showcase of some of the Mississippi Delta region’s finest artists every year. The tradition continues this summer with the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition.
This year's exhibition was set to be different from the start, with various galleries hosting pieces while the AAC undergoes massive renovations. But the onset of COVID-19 pushed the event solely online.
“The Delta Exhibition is an integral piece of the Arkansas Arts Center’s legacy. We are proud to present an innovative solution to continue the exhibition during this time,” Executive Director Victoria Ramirez said. “Along with our creative arts partners, we look forward to showcasing art that will educate and inspire, especially amid challenging circumstances.”
Encompassing works in all forms of media, the featured pieces are from artists who live or were born in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Texas, and whose work must have been completed during the last two years and not previously exhibited at the AAC.
Local artists featured in the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition include:
- John Allison
- Joe Barnett
- Deitra Blackwell
- Joel Boyd
- Anais Dasse
- Margo Duvall
- Reece Henderson
- Jeanie Hursley
- Tim Hursley
- Chris Hynes (Contemporaries Award winner)
- Derek Slagle
- Steve Spencer
- Elizabeth Weber
- Stephanie Williams
The Delta Exhibition is open now and available for online viewing through Aug. 23. For more information, click here.
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Have you heard the news? The (virtual) 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition is now on view! (See what we did there?) In pen and ink on a page of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Arkansas artist Stephanie Williams draws the tale of the Woodsman and the Crane in lyrical figures. By depicting timeless stories on newspaper, Williams draws a direct connection between the old and new. "A once oral tradition is now on the printed page," Williams says. "Newspaper is fragile, it fades, erodes and changes over time; the same is true with stories. As time passes stories, and the way we tell them, change. The original story, however, remains intact and the lessons learned are preserved." View the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition at the link in our bio.