Art

Northwest Arkansas may be known for its jaw-dropping scenery, but the cultural landscape is also stunning, thanks to a thriving art community.

Fayetteville has long been a mecca for artistic expression. The city’s artistic community fosters creativity, thus, making it a hive for some of the most skilled artists in the nation.

Even the most critical art aficionado will find something to admire in Fayetteville’s visual arts scene. Public art beautifies nearly every corner of the city – from the Shop Local mural to the tranquil World Peace Fountain – while galleries like The Fayetteville Underground display the works of local artists year-round. 

More evidence of Fayetteville’s talent can be seen in public venues and galleries.

For a complete listing of galleries, request the official visitors guide here.

Presented by the Walton Arts Center each year, the Artosphere Festival celebrates art, music and nature with exciting performances, activities and events that the whole family can enjoy!

With the 2018 festival focusing on the importance of water resources and their conservation, environmental artist, Stacy Levy returned to Artosphere to create a temporary art installation, called Topo Map for School Avenue.

Fayetteville has long been the art center of Northwest Arkansas, due in part to the University of Arkansas. Fayetteville also has cultivated a flourishing arts culture as a result of being a community that invests in and supports its local artists.

This year’s Fayetteville Visitor’s Guide features four profiles from a handful of influential locals to give visitors an inside track on some of the best things to do, places to eat and shop, and must-experiences while in Fayetteville. One of our profiles is Joëlle Storet, gallery manager and curator for Art Ventures on the Historic Downtown Square.

The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville brings in artists and entertainers from all over the world to create unforgettable performances. The facility offers diversified programming, large-scale touring productions and unparalleled performing-arts opportunities. The WAC has played host to comedian Steve Martin and touring productions of Broadway’s greatest, including “Les Misérables,” “War Horse,” “Book of Mormon” and much more.

Fayetteville has long been the artistic epicenter of Northwest Arkansas, thanks in large part to the University of Arkansas, which — as the state’s oldest and largest public college campus — has influenced Arkansas culture since its founding in 1871.

From live music on Dickson Street to performance arts at the Walton Arts Center and TheatreSquared, to the numerous galleries throughout the city filled with paintings and sculptures, Fayetteville has a strong tradition of being the arts and entertainment capital of Northwest Arkansas.

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