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.

Art enthusiasts in Fayetteville should make sure to see “Shared Experiences,” an exhibit by the NWA Black Artists Collective, which is being held at The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre, located at 1030 S. College Ave.

The art exhibit highlights the experience of black and African-American individuals in Northwest Arkansas. It includes works by artists Veronica Huff, Madison Moon, Raven Cook and Cory Perry, the exhibit’s producer.

Fayetteville is known for its thriving arts scene, and Art Ventures is one of the most popular art galleries in the city. Its exhibit this July, “Equality Backlash: The Artist’s Eye for Social & Political Crises,” is described as a “cultural check-in” and a way for viewers to connect with the social and political crises that our country is undergoing.

Fayetteville has a rich performing arts community featuring both local acts and internationally known touring productions throughout the year. Many people who visit Fayetteville come for a weekend getaway, and one of the most popular things to do is immerse themselves in the region’s most eclectic arts scene, which also includes an abundance of visual artists and live-music venues.

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.

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