Art Galleries

Butler Center Galleries

The Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) art program is located in the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI), 401 President Clinton Ave. The ASI houses four art galleries, including a retail gallery, featuring the work of Arkansas artists and art related to the state. The exhibit galleries feature rotating exhibits including works from the CALS permanent collection. In addition to these galleries, several library locations throughout our system host various exhibits throughout the year. To view work on display in the Arkansas artists retail gallery, click here »

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.


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Quapaw Quarter: Where Little Rock's History Lives

Drawings, blueprints, and photographs of buildings in Little Rock's historic Quapaw Quarter.

Butler Center Loft Gallery
August 8 - November 1, 2014

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Arkansas Homemakers: Home Demonstration and Extension Clubs

This exhibition celebrates 100 years of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Clubs with photographs from the Arkansas History Commission and paintings by Katherine Strause. The exhibition is inspired by A Splendid Piece of Work, by Elizabeth Griffin Hill; excerpts of this book are presented as well.

Butler Center Underground Gallery
July 11 - September 27, 2014

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State Youth Art Show 2014: An Exhibition by the Arkansas Art Educators

This show features dynamic works of art by talented students across Arkansas, from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The works featured are the Best of Show winners from seven regions of the state. The Arkansas Art Educators is a group of art teachers from around the state who work with the Arkansas Department of Education to provide high quality in-service training and to promote student art.

Pictured here is artwork featured in the exhibition, a painting by Whitney McLeland, an eighth grade student in northwest Arkansas.

Butler Center West Gallery
June 13 - August 30, 2014

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Drawn In: New Art from WWII Camps at Rohwer and Jerome

This show features artwork created by people held in the Japanese American internment camps in Arkansas during World War II. The exhibition was inspired by the Butler Center's remarkable collection of art work from the camp at Rohwer, donated by Rosalie Santine Gould of McGehee, and by the extraordinary generosity of people who lived in the camps or had loved ones who did and wanted the Butler Center to have more art created at the camps at Rohwer and Jerome. People with a personal connection to the camps were deeply moved by the existence of the collection and by the Butler Center's public exhibitions of camp materials and want as wide an audience as possible to know about this chapter of Arkansas and U.S. history.

Concordia Gallery
April 11 - August 23, 2014

work from the Detachment exhibition

Detachment: Work by Robert Reep

Detachment is an exhibition of mixed media collage by Robert Reep, a Little Rock artist and owner of Chroma Gallery. Reep describes his artwork as "spirited and sophisticated artifacts that reflect [his] curiosity, emotion and enthusiasm for the inventory and activity of daily life."

Loft Gallery
April 11 - July 24, 2014

Arkansas Printmakers Association

An Exhibition of the Arkansas Society of Printmakers

This show features prints in a variety of artistic media by members of the Arkansas Society of Printmakers (ASP). Artists whose work will be shown include Robert Bean, Win Bruhl, Warren Criswell, Debi Findley, Melissa Gill, Diane Harper, Neal Harrington, Stephanie Kosakowski, Evan Lindquist, Dominique Simmons, Tom Sullivan, David Warren, Jorey May Greene, and Jane Watson.

ASP is a community of artists, art collectors, and supporters of the art of printmaking. Its mission is to generate greater excitement and appreciation for printmaking as a unique art form in Arkansas. ASP strives to maintain the integrity and identity of printmaking among artists by sharing skills and knowledge and thereby encouraging excellence in the field. ASP members facilitate community-based workshops, demonstrations and events, thereby increasing community awareness and access to prints and printmaking processes.

Butler Center Galleries
March 14 - June 28, 2014

Studio Art Quilt Associates

Southern Voices

Southern Voices features contemporary textile works related to the folk art quilt tradition. This show is the regional exhibition of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibition, professional development, documentation, and publications. SAQA defines an art quilt as "a creative visual work that is layered or stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure." SAQA was founded in 1989 by a group of 50 artists and now has over 3,000 members.

Butler Center West Gallery
March 14 - May 24, 2014

Unusual Portraits: New Works by Michael Warrick and David O'Brien

Unusual Portraits: New Works by Michael Warrick and David O'Brien

Unusual Portraits: New Works by Michael Warrick and David O'Brien features explorations in portraiture using wood, wax, bronze, and other materials by two accomplished Little Rock artists.

Butler Center Loft Gallery
January 10 - March 22, 2014

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Native Arkansas

Native Arkansas will take visitors on a tour of the state at a time when Euro-Americans began to explore the territory that eventually became Arkansas. Visitors will experience early Arkansas through the eyes of some of the first Euro-Americans to write about the state and will encounter some of the native flora, fauna, and geology of the state's five geological regions. The exhibit will include examples of Mississippian period artifacts from the northeast and southeast regions, bluff shelter artifacts from the northwest, and Caddo artifacts from the southwest. the exhibit will also provide an in-depth look at the Native American community of Carden Bottoms and how they understood their environment.

This exhibit is installed by the University of Arkansas Museum Collections.

Concordia Hall
October 11, 2013 - March 15, 2014

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Arkansas Women to Watch 2013

Arkansas Women to Watch 2013 is an exhibition of inventive textile-based art featuring works by Louise M. Halsey, Little Rock; Barbara Cade, Hot Springs; Jennifer Libby Fay, formerly of Rogers; Jane Hartfield, Fort Smith; and Deborah Kuster, Conway. The exhibition includes woven tapestries, felted and mixed media works, "textile paintings," and hand-dyed and painted quilts. Arkansas Women to Watch 2013 is a project of the Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing women artists of all periods and nationalities.

Butler Center Underground Gallery
December 13, 2013 - February 22, 2014

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Reflections in Pastel

Arkansas Pastel Society's National Juried Exhibition

Pastel paintings from artists around the country will be on view during the Arkansas Pastel Society's 5th National Exhibition, "Reflections in Pastel". The Arkansas Pastel Society is a regional art organization founded in February of 2004 to promote the use of pastels as an art medium. In addition to this biennial national exhibition, workshops, member-only shows, paint-outs, and programs with demonstrations are presented. Further information is available on the website www.ArkPastel.com.

Butler Center West Gallery
November 8, 2013 - February 15, 2014

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The Photography of Barney Sellers

Barney Sellers , a native of Walnut Ridge, AR, won awards for news photography while working at the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, TN and was well known for his images of Arkansas barns and rural landscapes.

Butler Center Loft Gallery
October 11 - December 28, 2013

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Abstract AR(t)

This exhibition offers viewers an opportunity to see contemporary, abstract works of art by Arkansas based artists. Artists in the exhibition are: Dustyn Bork, Megan Chapman, Donnie Copeland, Don Lee, Jill Storthz and Steven Wise.

Butler Center Underground Gallery
September 13 - November 23, 2013

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The Mid-Southern Watercolorists – 43rd Annual Juried Exhibition

Mid-Southern Watercolorists was founded and incorporated in Little Rock, Arkansas by five artists; Doris Williamson Mapes, Bruce R Anderson, Josephine Graham, Edwin C. Brewer and Catherine Tharp Altvater, in 1970. Mid-Southern Watercolorists was formed to elevate the stature of watercolor and educate the public to the significance of watercolor as an important creative, permanent painting medium. MSW is dedicated to the highest aesthetic standards and furthers the interest of painters in watercolor by its programs and competitive exhibits, and encourages its study by art students and others engaged in watercolor painting.

Butler Center Main Gallery
August 9 - October 26, 2013

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Get a Simple Landscape: Drawings by Jerry Phillips

This collection of drawings explores ideas about landscape, both the conventional depiction of the surrounding environment and the metaphorical kind of "scape," as it reflects a generative, composite portrait of the artist.

Butler Center Mezzanine Gallery
June 14 - September 28, 2013

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From the Vault: Works from the CALS Permanent Collection

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) houses more than just books. Managed by CALS's Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the library's art program also collects and supports artists working and living in Arkansas. This exhibition features historical and contemporary artwork that shows the breadth and quality of art being created in Arkansas. On display in the exhibition will be historical paintings by Donald Draper, small works on paper by Little Rock's own visionary artist Arthur Grain, a spectacular sculpture by Mary Cockrill, and much more.

Butler Center Concordia Gallery
November 9, 2012 - September 21, 2013

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Creative Expressions

The Creative Expressions Program at the Arkansas State Hospital is a non-profit organization that uses the visual arts to promote and support the self-awareness and growth of individuals with mental illness.

Butler Center Atrium Gallery
May 10 - August 25, 2013

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Arkansas Arts Educators

The Arkansas Art Educators State Youth Art Show 2013 is comprised of the Best of Show winners from art competitions held in seven different regions in the state: Northwest, Northeast, Central, Eastern, Southwest, Southeastern and Western. The artwork was created by talented students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The Arkansas Art Educators is a made up of art teachers from all over the state who work with the Arkansas Department of Education to provide teachers with high quality in-service training and to promote student art in the state. The AAE State Youth Art Show 2013 exhibition is a partnership between the Arkansas Art Educators and the Arkansas Department of Education.

Butler Center Main Gallery
May 10 - July 27, 2013

Old School: Remembering the Brinkley Academy

Modern day teens can see how a school in rural eastern Arkansas served the needs of African American students who received direction and inspiration for nearly six decades through an exhibit of photographs. In 1893, a consortium of Missionary Baptist congregations in eastern Arkansas pooled their resources to establish a residential secondary school for African American youth. The Consolidated White River Academy or, as it was often called, the Brinkley Academy was one of three African American boarding schools located within a few miles of each other. Established in an era when public secondary education was routinely denied to African American youths, the Academy did its good work while society changed incrementally. It opened its doors three years before the Supreme Court's landmark Plessy v. Ferguson decision sanctioned the doctrine of "separate but equal." It closed a year before Linda Brown, a third-grade African American pupil, was denied the right to enroll in the school closest to her Topeka, Kansas home, leading to the Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is presenting the "Old School: Remembering the Brinkley Academy" exhibition, which was produced by the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office and Park Central Little Rock. Please note: This exhibition will be shown in the Main Library.

Level 4, Main Library
100 Rock St.
April 8 - July 8, 2013

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No I'm Not, He Is: A Flying Snake and Oyyo Comic Retrospective

Created by artist and musician Michael Jukes, the popular Flying Snake and Oyyo cartoon strip was featured in Little Rock's alternative newspapers during the eighties. This exhibition gathers the cream of the corniest Flying Snake cartoons and other artworks for your viewing pleasure.

Butler Center Mezzanine Gallery
March 8 - May 26, 2013

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Arkansas Society of Printmakers

The Arkansas Society of Printmakers (ASP) is a community of artists, art collectors, and supporters of the art of printmaking.

We are dedicated to our mission: to generate greater excitement and appreciation for printmaking as a unique art form in Arkansas. We are committed to maintaining the integrity and identity of printmaking among artists by sharing skills and knowledge and thereby encouraging excellence in the field. We accomplish our goals through mentorship, professional critique, collaboration, camaraderie, exhibition, and portfolio exchange opportunities. Our members facilitate community-based workshops, demonstrations and events, thereby increasing community awareness and access to prints and printmaking processes.

Butler Center Main Gallery
February 8 - April 27, 2013

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Clinton for Arkansas

In the Clinton for Arkansas exhibition, selected materials from the Bill Clinton State Government Project depict Clinton's political career in Arkansas and its impact on the state. Items representing both politics and policy are featured, including materials from his run for Congress in 1974 and his term as attorney general, as well as from his twelve years as governor. In addition, the exhibition highlights campaign memorabilia from 1974 through his second presidential bid in 1996.

Butler Center Atrium Gallery
January 11 - April 27, 2013

Solastalgia

The artwork in this exhibition by Susan Chambers and Louise Halsey interprets the idea of solastalgia, a term coined by Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht meaning "the pain experienced when there is recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault."

Mezzanine Gallery
October 12, 2012, to February 23, 2013

Arkansas League of Artists

The Arkansas League of Artists is an organization formed to promote fine arts in Arkansas. This group of artists and art enthusiasts gathers to learn from one another by exploring new techniques, working in new media, and sharing their collective knowledge.

Main Gallery
October 12, 2012, to January 26, 2013

Art of Living: More Artwork from the Rosalie Santine Gould Rohwer Collection

Atrium Gallery
September 14 to December 29, 2012

Invasion or Liberation

Invasion or Liberation? The Civil War in Arkansas

This Civil War exhibit, built around the theme of "occupied Arkansas," will provide a provocative look at the war in Arkansas. Through the use of letters, diaries, photographs, and artifacts, the exhibit will examine the multi-faceted history of Arkansans caught up in the conflict. For example, contrary to popular opinion, not all Arkansans supported the Confederacy. Considerable attention will also be devoted to the perceptions and experiences of outsiders who found themselves in Arkansas during the war.

Concordia Hall Gallery
July 13 - October 27, 2012

Pattern in Perspective: Recent Work by Carly Dahl and Dustyn Bork

Carly Dahl and Dustyn Bork are an artist couple who both work in painting, printmaking, and installation. Dahl focuses on ideas and ideals of beauty and representation in society by psychologically presenting the pressures and expectations faced by women; the faces are intentionally blank giving viewers the ability to relate to the figures and project others into them. Bork contrasts the intentional design of architecture, ornamentation, and pattern with the incidental structure of visual forms in various stages of decay in his colorful abstractions.

Mezzanine Gallery
June 8 to September 29, 2012

Hope and Despair: FSA Photography in Arkansas during the Great Depression

These thirty-six images by noted photographers Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Ed Locke, and Carl Mydans focus primarily on people in eastern Arkansas during the Depression.

Main Gallery
August 10 to September 29, 2012

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Small Town: Portraits of a Disappearing America

Farming communities have been suffering a slow and painful decline for decades due to the gradual but steady rise of agribusiness, the loss of small family farms, and the century-long exodus of rural populations to urban centers. Families facing job loss and economic strife-along with communities suffering failed businesses, depopulation, and a general malaise of perceived worthlessness-are common features of conversations that run through many small towns in America. Although these towns are often located just outside major metropolises, the realities of their social and economic landscapes are worlds apart.

With a meager population of 650, Cotton Plant is nestled in the rural northeastern portion of Arkansas, between Little Rock and Memphis, Tennessee. Despite its rich history and the "promising" nature of its past, Cotton Plant has suffered the same challenges and outcomes as many other small rural towns. What once was a relatively thriving center and one of the fastest-growing communities in eastern Arkansas is now a town littered with ghost factories, abandoned schools, and the carcasses of crumbling buildings while the handful of what local stores remain struggle to survive. Much of the historic downtown has been demolished, and only a few dignified older homes remain. The sense of purpose that once accompanied steady, meaningful work has long since vanished.

It is the goal of this project, Small Town: Portraits of a Disappearing America, to document a facet of the American identity, and its way of life, that is rapidly being replaced and taken for granted.

Butler Center Atrium Gallery
May 11 - September 1, 2012

Arkansas Arts Educators 2012

Butler Center Main Gallery
May 11 - July 28, 2012

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Making a Place: Jewish Experience in Arkansas

Making a Place: Jewish Experience in Arkansas will explore the development of the Jewish community in Arkansas, focusing on immigration, isolation and assimilation, businesses, and culture. Making a Place is part of the Butler Center's larger effort to create interactive historical exhibitions that visually tell the story of Arkansas's history and culture, past and present.

Concordia Hall
March 9 - June 23, 2012

Rockefeller Elementary celebrates Governor Rockefeller

Butler Center Mezzanine Gallery
April 1 - May 25, 2012

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Arkansas Women to Watch

The exhibition, sponsored by the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, includes the work of artists who were selected for consideration for the National Museum of Women in the Arts' (NMWA) "Body of Work" exhibit as part of the NMWA's biennial Women to Watch series. NMWA's Women to Watch exhibition series features emerging or under-represented artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. Artist and curator Les Christensen of the Bradbury Gallery at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas, selected the nominees Catherine Brimberry, Emily Wood, Endia Gomez, Janet Frankovic, Nikki Hemphill, Ruth Pasquine, Thu Nguyen, and Deborah Warren for submission to the national exhibit.

Butler Center Atrium Gallery
January 13 - April 28, 2012

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Connecting Threads

A Studio Art Quilts Associates regional exhibition of contemporary art quilts

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, and documentation.

SAQA defines an art quilt as "a contemporary artwork exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, assemblage and sculpture, which retains, through materials or technique, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends." Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA now has more than 2,700 members.

Butler Center Main Gallery
February 10 - April 28, 2012

Arkansas Masters: Prints from the CALS Collection

This exhibition, including work by AJ Smith, Warren Criswell, Elsie and Louis Freund, John Paul Caldwell and others, features a variety of print styles and techniques such as lithography, etchings and woodcuts.

Butler Center Mezzanine Gallery
February 10 - March 31, 2012

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ARK. In the Dark: An Exhibition of Vintage Movies Posters about Arkansas

The Butler Center and Ron Robinson are co-hosting an exhibition of vintage Arkansas-related movie posters to be shown in Concordia Hall of the Arkansas Studies Institute. The show features 35 posters from films covering the years 1926 to 2009.

Butler Center Main Gallery
December 9 - February 25, 2012

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Leon Niehues: 21st Century Basketmaker

Butler Center Mezzanine Gallery
October 14 - January 28, 2012

Arkansas Pastel Society's National Exhibition, by diana desantis

Arkansas Pastel Society's National Exhibition

Butler Center Main Gallery
October 14 - January 14, 2012

Thomas Harding, Pinhole Photography

Butler Center Atrium Gallery
October 14 - December 31, 2011

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The Art of Living: Japanese American Creative Experience at Rohwer

From the Mabel Rose Jamison Vogel/Rosalie Santine Gould Collection, the Butler Center has created a multimedia exhibition titled The Art of Living: Japanese American Creative Experience at Rohwer that showcases art created by internees at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Desha County and tells the story of creativity in the face of dire circumstances.

To visit the exhibition website, click here »

Butler Center Concordia Hall Gallery
September 9 - November 26, 2011

Renee Williams: New Works

Butler Center Mezzanine Gallery
July 8 - September 30, 2011

Robin Tucker

Butler Center Atrium Gallery
June 10 - October 1, 2011

Shep Miers: Now & Then

Shep Miers, a professional artist and educator, creates elegant minimalist sculptures in wood that explores the ideas of physical and implied balance.

Butler Center Main Gallery
August 12 - October 1, 2011

V.I.T.A.L .(Visual Images That Affect Lives) Artist Collective

This exhibition showcases a mix of artwork by some of Arkansas's most exciting contemporary artists, including Melverue Abraham, Rex Deloney, LaToya Hobbs, Ariston Jacks, Kalari Turner, and Micheal Worsham.

Butler Center Concordia Hall
June 10 - August 27, 2011

AAE State Youth Art Show 2011

Organized by the Arkansas Art Educators and the Arkansas Department of Education. The Arkansas Art Educators State Youth Art Show 2011 is composed of the Best of Show winners from art competitions held in seven different regions of the state: northwest, northeast, central, east, south, southeast, and west. The artwork was created by talented students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The exhibition is a partnership between the Arkansas Art Educators and the Arkansas Department of Education. The Arkansas Art Educators is made up of art teachers from all over the state who work with the Arkansas Department of Education to provide teachers with high-quality in-service training and to promote student art in the state.

A student award ceremony will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2011, in the Arkansas Studies Institute Main Gallery.

Butler Center Main Gallery
May 13 - July 29, 2011

Norwood Creech: Selected Works from the Northeastern Arkansas Delta

Butler Center Mezzanine Gallery
March 11 - June 25, 2011

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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Crossroads: Rural Healthcare in America

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, along with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, is a sponsor of, Crossroads: Rural Healthcare in America, The Mississippi Delta. Crossroads, a Vision Project Production, is a story of doctors, nurses, community organizers, and patients who are part of an innovative and well-planned healthcare network in the Mississippi Delta.

The photography portion of the project will be on display at the Arkansas Studies Institute from March 31 - May 28, 2011 while the Clinton School of Public Service will host a one time film screening and public forum on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 3 p.m. in Sturgis Hall.

Butler Center Concordia Hall Gallery
March 31 - May 27, 2011

Book Arts

An eclectic exhibition of handmade books and journals created by Arkansas artists.

Butler Center Atrium Gallery
March 11 - May 28, 2011

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Anticipation of the Future: Contemporary American Indian Art

From the collection of Dr. J.W. Wiggins, Sequoyah National Research Center/University of Arkansas at Little Rock

At 6:00pm on February 11 during our Second Friday art night celebration Dr. Wiggins will present a program titled An introduction to Native American Art in room 124 in the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Butler Center Main Gallery
February 11 - April 30, 2011

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Making Pictures: Three for a Dime

By Maxine Payne

An installation of photographs and texts based on Maxine Payne's limited-edition artist's book, "Making Pictures: Three for a Dime" documents the artistic and entrepreneurial spirit of the Massengills-an Almond, Arkansas, family of itinerant photographers who traveled the state in a homemade trailer and took pictures with a homemade camera (selling them three for a dime) between 1937 and 1941.

The Arkansas Symphony Quartet will perform at the opening of this exhibition, as a part of 2nd Friday Art Night, September 10, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Butler Center Concordia Hall Gallery
September 10, 2010 to February 19, 2011

The Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects: 2010 Design Awards Exhibition

Join us for the opening during 2nd Friday Art Night, Friday, November 12, 2010 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presents the 2010 Design Awards exhibition. These designs, submitted by architecture firms from around the state of Arkansas, were selected for the exhibition by a jury composed of leading architects from New Orleans, Louisiana. Also on display will be architectural designs for affordable new housing for the neighborhoods between Interstate 630, Charles Bussey Drive, Elm Street, and Martin Luther King Drive in Little Rock.

Butler Center Mezzanine Gallery
November 12, 2010 to February 19, 2011

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Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Using the Constitution as the cohesive thread, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Organized thematically, the exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation's gravest constitutional crisis.

2nd Friday Art Night is December 10, 2010, 5 to 8 p.m. and features our expanded Retail Gallery. Shop locally this holiday season!

Butler Center Main Gallery
December 1, 2010 - January 28, 2011

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Arkansas League of Artists Juried Exhibition

The Butler Center is hosting the Arkansas League of Artists' first annual juried exhibition. The Arkansas League of Artists (ALA) is an organization formed to promote fine arts in Arkansas. The ALA provides workshops for members and awards scholarships to high school students. Townsend Wolfe, the former director of the Arkansas Arts Center, was selected as the judge for this exhibition.

The Arkansas Symphony Quartet will perform at the opening of this exhibition, as a part of 2nd Friday Art Night, September 10, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Butler Center Main Gallery
September 10 to November 27, 2010

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Raices

In the collection titled Raices, or "roots," artist x3mex compares the issues surrounding Mexican independence with the issues of today. In Mexico's bicentennial year, x3mex examines the history of Mexico to learn from the example of those who gave their lives for the cause of independence. His works are mixed media, including acrylic, spray paint, markers, and screen printing.

Butler Center Atrium Gallery
August 13 to November 20, 2010

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Luke Anguhadluq: Inuit Artist

From the collection of Dr. J.W. Wiggins, Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Mezzanine Gallery
July 9 to October 30, 2010

Mid Southern Watercolorists 40th Annual Juried Exhibition

Join us for the opening reception at 2nd Friday Art Night, June 11, 2010 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Butler Center Main Gallery
June 11 to August 28, 2010

Arkansans in the Korean War—1950 to 1953

Butler Center Atrium Gallery
May 14 to July 31, 2010

Book Arts

An exhibition of altered or hand crafted books by Arkansas artists. The exhibition will open on the 8th of April in conjunction with the Arkansas Literacy Festival. The exhibition reception will be on April 10th at 2pm. (The April Second Friday Art Night is cancelled; however the public is invited to purchase tickets to attend the Friday night Arkansas Literary Festival Author's party located in the Arkansas Studies Institute.)

Butler Center Mezzanine Gallery
April 8 to June 30, 2010

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Paper Trails: Drawings by David Bailin

An exhibit of large-scale, realistic charcoal drawings on paper.

Butler Center Main Gallery
March 12 to May 29, 2010

AAE State Youth Art Show 2010:
Organized by the Arkansas Art Educators and the Arkansas Dept. of Education

The exhibition reception will be on Saturday, April 10th at 2pm. (The April Second Friday Art Night is cancelled; however the public is invited to purchase tickets to attend the Friday night Arkansas Literary Festival Author's party located in the Arkansas Studies Institute.)

Butler Center Concordia Hall Gallery
April 10 to May 29, 2010

The Big Bears Arkansas ABCs: Original Artwork and Storyboard

Illustrated by Leslie A. Przybylek
Map Graphics by William H. Isenberger
Written by Dr. Charley Sandage

Take an alphabetical tour of Arkansas with Big Bear and his Critter Crew: Rabbit, Squirrel, and Raccoon. Winner of the 2005 Arkansiana Award for Juvenile Literature awarded by the Arkansas State Library Association.

Join us for the opening of the exhibit at 2nd Friday Art Night, February 12, 2010 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Butler Center Atrium Gallery
February 12 to April 30, 2010

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Local History Goes to School:
Traveling the World with Mifflin W. Gibbs

This exhibit combines student art work with historical documents and text to follow the life and travels of Mifflin W. Gibbs (1823-1915), a prominent African American politician and businessman.

Butler Center Concordia Hall Gallery
February 12 to March 31, 2010

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New Works by Sui Hoe Khoo

Sui Hoe Khoo, Malaysian-born resident of Jacksonville and graduate of Nanyang Academy of Art in Singapore, has been exhibiting his art since the 1960s. Khoo has shown his artwork all over the world and was awarded the Certificate of Merit from the Asian Art Now exhibition in the Las Vegas Art Museum in 2002 and 2004.

Butler Center Main Gallery
November 13, 2009 - February 13, 2010

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Main Street in Black and White

Main Street in Black and White, organized by the Department of Arkansas Heritage, wil be on view in the Concordia Hall gallery at the Arkansas Studies Institute from October 9 through November 13

Butler Center Books authors Ray and Steven Hanley will sign copies of their book, Main Street Arkansas, on October 9 as a part of 2nd Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock.

Butler Center Concordia Hall Gallery
October 9 - November 13, 2009

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Woodworking from the Museum School at the Arkansas Arts Center

The Butler Center Galleries present the third biannual exhibition of student and faculty work from the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School wood-working department.

Butler Center Main Gallery
September 11 - October 24, 2009

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UALR Art Faculty Preview

Featuring painting, photography, fiber, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture.

Butler Center Atrium Gallery
August 14 - September 27, 2009

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Rural Arkansas Churches

Rural Arkansas Churches is a collection of black-and-white photographs from more than twenty-.ve counties in Arkansas, illustrating the beauty and history of the churches and their connection to the local communities.

Butler Center Concordia Hall Gallery
August 14 - September 27, 2009

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Portraits from Prison: A Collection of Photographs from Cummins Prison

The Central Arkansas Library System invites you to view the first exhibition presented in the Butler Center galleries: historical and contemporary photographs of Cummins Prison inmates from the collection of artist and author Bruce Jackson.

Jackson is a SUNY Distinguished Professor and Samuel P. Capen Professor of American Culture at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. The exhibition and his forthcoming book, Pictures from a Drawer: Prison and the Art of Portraiture, are part of a larger exploration on prisons as cultural sites.

Butler Center Main Gallery
April 16 - June 30, 2009

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ALAartShow: Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition of the Arkansas League of Artists

This exhibition features artwork by members of the Arkansas League of Artists (ALA) in a variety of media. This is the ALA’s fifth annual juried exhibition; Manuela Well-Off-Man, assistant curator of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is the juror for this year’s show. The winner will be announced at the show’s opening reception on Friday, September 12, 5-8 p.m., as part of Second Friday Art Night.

Butler Center West Gallery
September 12 - December 27, 2014

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Echoes of the Ancestors: Native American Objects from the University of Arkansas Museum

An artistic display of objects created by Native Americans in ceramics, wood, grass, cane, and shell materials.

Butler Center Concordia Hall
September 12, 2014 - March 15, 2015

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Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon

An exhibition of posters and other resources by the UALR Center for Arkansas History & Culture.

Butler Center Underground Gallery
October 10, 2014 - January 24, 2015

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

2nd Friday Art Night

On the second Friday of each month, the Butler Center galleries participate in 2nd Friday Art Night, a time, once-a-month, when the galleries, museums and businesses in downtown Little Rock, are open from 5-8 p.m. for an after-hours gallery walk.

For additional information please contact Colin N. Thompson, Art Administrator at 501-320-5791.