Though the Arkansas Arts Center is a construction site, its annual “Delta Exhibition” will go on … and on, into downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. The “Delta” will be installed at three venues: the Historic Arkansas Museum at Second and Cumberland streets, the Thea Foundation at 401 Main St. in North Little Rock and Argenta Gallery down the street, at 413 Main.
The exhibition areas of the three venues will not restrict the number of pieces to be shown, Chief Curator Brian Lang said; the Arts Center will find room for all works accepted into the juried show. A juror will be announced soon. He said the Arts Center’s exhibition designer will “plot to come up with a coherent installation at each venue.”
Lang said the Arts Center greatly appreciated its partner venues for the 62nd annual “Delta”; their participation may have required some rejiggering of their exhibition schedules.
The Arts Center has also worked with the Central Arkansas Library System as an exhibition partner, sending pieces from its contemporary craft collection to the Main Library and its branches. The Arts Center’s contemporary craft collection is excellent and displaying it around Little Rock was a great idea, one that perhaps should continue even after the new Arts Center opens in 2022. The moving of the “Delta” is also intended to be part of the Arts Center’s engagement with a wider community, as well as assure continuity of the exhibition, a crowd favorite featuring the work of artists working or born in Arkansas and contiguous states.
The call for entries will go out Jan. 13 and end March 22; the show will go up in June and run through the summer, Lang said. Details on opening night receptions have not been figured out; there will, of course, be 2nd Friday Art Night and 3rd Friday Argenta Artwalk receptions.