an image from Delta des Refuses exhibition

Delta des Refusés

through August 24
Butler Center Galleries

The Delta des Refusés is an annual exhibition started in 2015 that features the works of artists who were rejected from the Arkansas Arts Center's prestigious Delta Exhibition. Conceived in the spirit of the original Paris Salon des Refusés from 1863, the Delta des Refusés exhibition seeks to challenge the traditional authority of juried taste by allowing any artist who was excluded from the Delta Exhibition to exhibit in the Refusés show.

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an image from A Legacy of Brewers exhibition

A Legacy of Brewers

opens July 13
Butler Center Galleries

Incorporating paintings from both private and public collections, this exhibition of paintings by Nicholas, Adrian, and Edwin Brewer includes portraits and landscapes featuring people and places in Arkansas, Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Texas going back to the early 1900s.

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an image from A Metter of Mind exhibition

A Matter of Mind and Heart

opens July 13
Butler Center Galleries

This exhibition, featuring works from the Butler Center’s Gould-Vogel Collection of materials from the World War II–era Japanese internment camps in Arkansas, will display portraits and other works of art from the Rohwer and Jerome centers in Arkansas with a focus on Japanese American identity.

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roosevelt thompson

Remembering Rosey

Roosevelt Thompson was an extremely gifted young man who had a bright future in public service before his tragic death in an automobile accident in 1984. This year is the 35th anniversary of Thompson's graduation from Little Rock's Central High School, where he was student body president, an All-Star football player, and a National Merit Scholar.

All are invited to share their thoughts and memories of Roosevelt Thompson by sending an email to RememberingRosey[at]cals[dot]org. Contributions may be viewed here »

The Butler Center

arkansas studies institute building

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), was created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture.

The research collections and offices are located in the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) at 401 President Clinton Ave, located on the Main Library campus in the River Market. The ASI is a partnership between CALS and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, through which the two institutions have made more than 10 million documents and photographs on Arkansas history available for public use.

Research Room

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5700
Email: arkinfo@cals.org

Art Galleries

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5790
Fax: 501.537.4559

Butler Center Offices

Mon.-Fri.: 9am-5pm
Phone: 501.320.5700
Fax: 501.537.4559

Mailing Address

The Butler Center
Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR  72201

Street Address

The Butler Center
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72201
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2nd
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Finding Family Facts

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

Roberts Library, Room 204
Library Square
401 President Clinton Avenue
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

May

11

-

Aug

25

2018

on view now

Andrew Rogerson: Landscapes

Andrew Rogerson’s life as an artist and a scientist has been driven by a common and overriding theme: an insatiable curiosity to investigate, know, and understand the world. Dr. Rogerson spent decades as a microbiologist and researcher, exploring life in microscopic detail, seeking discovery and revelation. As an artist, he is inexorably drawn to paint landscapes, exploring nature as he sees it – through the process of translation with brush, canvas and oil paints. This enduring relationship with exploration and creativity, a scientific view within an ever-seeking quest for truth defines Rogerson’s work. His paintings reveal an idealized vision, an incorruptible purity of intention to “see”, and then to interpret that vision onto a canvas.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jun

8

-

Aug

25

2018

on view now

Delta des Refusés

The Delta des Refusés is an annual exhibition started in 2015 that features the works of artists who were rejected from the Arkansas Arts Center's prestigious Delta Exhibition. Conceived in the spirit of the original Paris Salon des Refusés from 1863, the Delta des Refusés exhibition seeks to challenge the traditional authority of juried taste by allowing any artist who was excluded from the Delta Exhibition to exhibit in the Refusés show.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jul

13

-

Oct

27

2018

on view now

A Legacy of Brewers

Incorporating paintings from both private and public collections, this exhibition of paintings by Nicholas, Adrian, and Edwin Brewer includes portraits and landscapes featuring people and places in Arkansas, Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Texas going back to the early 1900s.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jul

13

-

Dec

29

2018

on view now

A Matter of Mind and Heart: Portraits of Japanese American Identity

This exhibition, featuring works from the Butler Center’s Gould-Vogel Collection of materials from the World War II–era Japanese internment camps in Arkansas, will display portraits and other works of art from the Rohwer and Jerome centers in Arkansas with a focus on Japanese American identity.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

5

2018

Brooks Blevins: A History of the Ozarks

Brooks Blevins will discuss his book A History of the Ozarks, Volume 1: The Old Ozarks, the first in a trilogy on the history of the region that includes most of the southern half of Missouri, much of northern Arkansas, and some of northeastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas.

Darragh Center
Library Square
100 Rock St.
noon - 1:00 p.m.

Sep

6

2018

Sounds in the Stacks: Lee Street Lyrical, featuring Casey Penn and Buddy Case

A series of community concerts at CALS branches, Sounds in the Stacks highlights local musicians with different musical backgrounds as they showcase their talent and skill in an intimate one hour concert. All Sounds in the Stacks concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The program is sponsored in part by KATV 7.

This month’s featured performer is Lee Street Lyrical featuring Casey Penn & Buddy Case, an acoustic singer-songwriter duo

Maumelle Library
10 Lake Pointe Dr.
Maumelle, AR
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sep

14

2018

Second Friday Art Night

A reception celebrating the opening of Amily Miori – Au Pair Don't Care. Featuring a live performance by Morange Plus, a "jazz saxophonist with a twist".

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sep

14

-

Nov

24

2018

Amily Miori – Au Pair Don't Care

The exhibition will feature oil paintings based on the original (and sometimes disturbing) storylines of fairytales. Each painting has a summary of the original story and the modern version as told through the words of the rebellious and irreverent “au pair” storyteller.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

18

2018

Opening Reception

A reception celebrating the beginning of the ACANSA Arts Festival and the opening of The Arkansas Blues: Photographs by Cheryl Cohen and Louis Guida.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sep

18

-

Dec

29

2018

The Arkansas Blues: Photographs by Cheryl Cohen and Louis Guida

In collaboration with ACANSA Arts, these black-and-white photographs by Cheryl Cohen and Louis Guida, on loan from the Arkansas Arts Center, document blues musicians playing in Arkansas during the 1970s. This documentary project by Cohen and Guida became the foundation of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Blues Project; these photographs were part of the earlier exhibition Old Roots, New Directions: Arkansas Blues Today. A reception celebrating the beginning of the ACANSA Arts Festival and the opening of this exhibit will be held in the Butler Center Galleries from 5:30-7:30 on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

28

2018

Richard Glazier's "Gershwin: Remembrance and Discovery"

Richard Glazier – pianist, raconteur, and cultural historian – presents Gershwin favorites. This special musical event is offered in collaboration with the CALS Arkansas Literary Festival, Arkansas Sounds, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, and the Society for the History of Medicine and the Health Professions. Tickets are free but must be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis through www.cals.org.

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Oct

3

2018

Mark Spencer: A Haunted Love Story

Author and professor Mark Spencer will discuss his book A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House in Monticello, focusing on the history of the house; the paranormal folklore associated with the house going back to the 1950s; his family’s experiences as residents; and recent paranormal investigations.

Darragh Center
Library Square
100 Rock St.
noon - 1:00 p.m.

Oct

9

2018

Book Signing: Spiderwalk: The High Life and Daring Stunts of a Small-town Girl from Arkansas

Butler Center Books author and stunt woman Ann Miles, who performed the famous “spiderwalk” stunt in the extended cut of the movie, will be on hand to sign copies of her book Spiderwalk: The High Life and Daring Stunts of a Small-town Girl from Arkansas (Butler Center Books, 2018). FREE and open to the public.

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Oct

9

2018

The Exorcist: Film Screening and Q&A

Butler Center Books author and stunt woman Ann Miles, who performed the famous “spiderwalk” stunt in the extended cut of the movie, will be on hand to answer questions and sign copies of her book Spiderwalk: The High Life and Daring Stunts of a Small-town Girl from Arkansas (Butler Center Books, 2018). TICKETS: $5, available at www.cals.org

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Oct

10

2018

Save the River Parks: A 25-Year Anniversary Retrospective and Celebration of the Landmark 1992 Campaign

“Save the River Parks”: A panel discussion led by campaign director Ben Combs to tell the story of the legal challenge and 1991–92 election campaign that prevented massive highway development in the Riverdale area and led to support for initiatives including the Big Dam Bridge, Two Rivers Bridge, and other public parks and trails. There will also be an exhibition of photos, clippings, and campaign materials. Co-sponsored by the Clinton School of Public Service.

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
noon - 1:00 p.m.

Oct

12

2018

Second Friday Art Night

A reception celebrating our ongoing exhibitions. Featuring a live performance by Spooky Sounds with Karen & Chris, a "spooky sounds pop duo".

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Oct

12

2018

Allegiance

Inspired by the true-life experience of its star George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) in the Rohwer Relocation Center, the Broadway film of Allegiance tells the story of one family's extraordinary journey in a troubling time for a nation plunged into war by the events of Pearl Harbor. George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen, also features Broadway stars Telly Leung (Godspell, Glee) and Tony Award®-winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Mulan). FREE and open to the public; reservations requested at www.cals.org

Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
7:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Oct

18

2018

Sounds in the Stacks: Tonya Leeks

A series of community concerts at CALS branches, Sounds in the Stacks highlights local musicians with different musical backgrounds as they showcase their talent and skill in an intimate one hour concert. All Sounds in the Stacks concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The program is sponsored in part by KATV 7.

This month’s featured performer is Tonya Leeks (soulful jazz saxophone & vocals)

Williams Library
1800 S. Chester St.
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Nov

7

2018

Patricia Blick: History of the Quapaw Quarter Association

Patricia Blick, executive director of the Quapaw Quarter Association, will talk about the history of the QQA, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. An exhibit of QQA materials from the Butler Center’s collection will also be on display in the Roberts Library.

Darragh Center
Library Square
100 Rock St.
noon - 1:00 p.m.

Nov

9

2018

Second Friday Art Night

A reception celebrating the opening of Arkansas League of Artists Exhibition. Featuring a live performance by Jeff & Louisa from The Floor Also Rises, an "eclectic rock duo".

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Nov

9

2018

Charlie Hunter Trio

With a career spanning more than 25 years and 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and recorded for the venerable Blue Note label, Concord, Ropeadope record labels. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight - string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms. Critics have touted his genius technique, but it's his profound artistic sensibility that propels his original music. Hunter's signature style of writing and performing has secured his place as one of today's great guitarists. Accompanying Hunter on this tour, are celebrated jazz vocalist Dara Tucker and Grammy Award winning drummer and percussionist Keita Ogawa.

Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
7:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Nov

9

-

Feb

23

2019

Arkansas League of Artists Exhibition

An annual exhibition from the Arkansas League of Artists, an eclectic and diverse nonprofit organization formed to promote the visual fine arts and artistic education in Arkansas to all ages and across multiple disciplines.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Nov

13

2018

Sounds in the Stacks: Stuart Baer

A series of community concerts at CALS branches, Sounds in the Stacks highlights local musicians with different musical backgrounds as they showcase their talent and skill in an intimate one hour concert. All Sounds in the Stacks concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The program is sponsored in part by KATV 7.

This month’s featured performer is Stuart Baer (blues/soul keyboards & vocals)

Sanders Library
10200 Johnson Dr.
Sherwood, AR
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Nov

16

2018

The Last Waltz

A film screening celebrating "one of the most important cultural events of the last two decades" (Rolling Stone). Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz: 40th Anniversary Edition celebrates The Band's historic 1976 farewell concert and features Arkansas music legend Levon Helm. See The Last Waltz like never before on CALS Ron Robinson Theater's state-of-the-art DCI-compliant Barco digital cinema projection system with a 32' wide screen and a Dolby 7.1 surround audio!

Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
7:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m.