Every August, we publish a list of art galleries and studios in Little Rock, from the expansive to the, shall we say, exclusive.

Well, good ol’ 2020 has changed a lot about the way we do life at the moment, including how we take in art.

Lots of museums and exhibitions have moved online for safety reasons, and in doing so, opened up to a new generation of viewers.

I, like many of my fellow Instagram junkies, love following my favorite artists to see their latest creations and a bit of the process. And until we can bid COVID-19 farewell, it’ll be my go-to way to take it all in.

Here are some of my personal favorite women killing the art scene in central Arkansas.


Lisa Krannichfeld

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Best known for: The unique combination of Chinese ink, watercolor, acrylic, cyanotypes, paper collage and resin to depict women in powerful poses, clothing and surroundings.


Virmarie DePoyster

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Best known for: A love of bold colors, pulling from her childhood in Puerto Rico, used to explore spirituality, identity and humanity (and sometimes dogs).


Louise Mandumbwa

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Best known for: Lifelike digital paintings of Black subjects, seeking to humanize “people who all too often are represented as a sum of their tragedies.”


Sally Nixon

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Best known for: Illustrated vignettes of everyday life that make you wonder if she’s spying on you.


Milkdadd

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Best known for: Striking portraits of red-cheeked, freckled, daydream-laced women.


Marjorie Williams-Smith

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Best known for: Exquisite detail in her depictions of nature using silverpoint, an ancient technique more rare in modern times.


V.L. Cox

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Best known for: Her message of human rights and equality, particularly in the South, through powerful installations. (Bonus: Her pet squirrel J.D. is a bright spot in troubled times.)