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.

However, Fayetteville is also rich with a variety of public art, which allows visitors to experience — for free — beautiful, thought-provoking creations by local and world-renowned artists while enjoying the city’s many other attractions. If you’re trying to decide what to do while in Fayetteville, checking out the public art is a must!

This year, global creative house Justkids curated Green Candy, an art action aimed to create community conversations around waste and sustainability through engaging art projects. Participants of the week-long installation that lead up to the Fayetteville Roots Festival included international artists Bordalo II, Ernest Zacharevic, Marina Zumi and Bicicleta Sem Freio, as well as local artists Jason Jones and Gina Gallina.
Eclipse by Marina Zumi
"Eclipse" by Marina Zumi

With all six creations installed in the Downtown & Dickson Street Entertainment District, the artists’ eye candy is available to residents and visitors who enjoy walking throughout downtown, taking in large-scale art while they shop, eat and enjoy the region’s best nightlife and entertainment.
Bearly Illegal by Ernest Zacharevic
"Bearly Illegal" by Ernest Zacharevic

Fayetteville businesses also are keen on decorating their buildings with art. Another public art initiative, known as the PIGShibition, saw 25 six-foot-tall pigs installed throughout Northwest Arkansas, each painted by local artists in their own unique style, including “Bountiful Fayetteville” outside the Clinton House Museum (the first home of Bill and Hillary Clinton, in which they were married).

PIGShibition Clinton House Museum
"Bountiful Fayetteville" by Rae Russell

The Fayetteville-inspired sculpture features depictions of popular locations around town, including the Fayetteville Public Library, the cross at Mount Sequoyah and the castle at Wilson Park. 

Several murals can also be found in the city’s natural areas and parks, which encompass 3,000 acres of land and 40 miles of paved and natural trails. “Holding On and Letting Go: The Struggles and Strength of the Tsa La Gi” depicts the journey of the Cherokee people along the Trail of Tears. It is located on the Tsa La Gi trail, which connects to the Razorback Regional Greenway, the longest system of interconnected trails in the state.

Holding On Letting Go trail mural
"Holding On and Letting Go: The Struggles and Strength of the Tsa La Gi" by Stacy Bates

Seriously, art is found everywhere in Fayetteville. Seeing it is one of the most popular things to do while visiting. All you have to do is come here and take in the views.


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