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.
The Fenix Fayetteville Gallery will be showcasing a compelling, challenging exhibition throughout the month of November, entitled Consuming Culture. This downtown gallery and studio located steps off of the north side of the historic Fayetteville Square is home to a vibrant member community of artists from all disciplines whose work adheres to high artistic standards. With each special exhibition, member artists typically show their own works that respond broadly to the theme of the particular show.
It’s not often an artist starts a piece of work with its name, then draws inspiration from those words. A much more typical path is to create and then (sometimes grudgingly) title the art to offer guidance or explanation to the viewer. Fenix Gallery is showcasing a new exhibition that celebrates the former, as they open Good Humor, Recent Works by Jan Gosnell, running through September 28, 2019. An opening reception for the public is scheduled to coincide with Fayetteville First Thursday on September 5.
One hallmark of a vibrant arts community is the presence of a thriving symphony orchestra—and Fayetteville, Arkansas has been home to the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas for 65 outstanding seasons of concert performance. Founded in 1954, SoNA is a resident company of the Walton Arts Center and presents classical and pops performances to tens of thousands of audience members each year. The symphony is under the baton of conductor and SoNA music director Paul Haas, also an accomplished composer and graduate of Yale University and The Julliard School.
Fayetteville, Arkansas treasures its public green spaces, recognizing the extraordinary value of designating locations throughout the community for people to freely connect with the outdoors. A recent partnership between two local residents—land owner Cary Arsaga and pocket park artist and visionary Jimmy Glen—has resulted in a new place for anyone to visit, enjoy, and even heal.
This summer brings a truly unique opportunity for three very different artists with strong Fayetteville, Arkansas ties to exhibit their work in conjunction with a highly anticipated and well-known immersive, psychedelic-surrealist art installation by Wayne Coyne, lead singer of rock band The Flaming Lips. Contributing to a group exhibition alongside the installation of King’s Mouth are local artists Kat Wilson, Dillon Dooms and Sasha Rayevskiy.
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