The Arkansas Arts Center’s 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition, organized in collaboration with Historic Arkansas Museum, Thea Foundation, ACANSA Gallery and the Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Library, is the first digital Delta Exhibition.
Elevating artistic voices from the American South and beyond, the Annual Delta Exhibition addresses identity, place, history, heritage and power. As one of the longest-running and most prestigious juried art exhibitions in the region, the Delta Exhibition represents the Arts Center’s commitment to artists living and working in our community today – and to continuing to grow artistic talent in the region.
“The Delta Exhibition offers artists a high-profile platform to share their work with a broad audience. As a Delta arts institution, the Arts Center remains committed to Delta artists. We are proud to present an innovative solution to continue the exhibition during this time,” Executive Director Victoria Ramirez said. “Along with our creative arts partners, we look forward to showcasing art that will educate and inspire, especially amid challenging circumstances.”
The Delta Exhibition is part of the Arts Center’s digital engagement initiative “Arkansas Arts Center Amplified’ through which the center is bringing engaging art experiences where many people are now spending much of their time – online. In addition to the center’s popular Young Arkansas Artists digital exhibition, the new digital format for Delta also offers increased accessibility to an exhibition that represents the entire Mississippi Delta region.
One of the great joys of curating and jurying exhibitions comes when you are finally in front of the actual artworks and themes and conversations naturally emerge. Despite these works not coming together physically in the galleries, themes did appear—haunted landscapes and sites with the traces of human touch, portraits in isolation, and ecological and material concerns course through many of the works in this exhibition. While some of these themes may seem somber, I believe they also present the opportunity for hope. The chance to look at an artwork and see a reflection of ourselves, our emotional state of being, and our collective concerns says we are connected.
Art has the capacity for both the political and the personal and at this moment to look at an image and feel a kinship is a source of comfort and optimism. Very much like another great Delta tradition, the Blues. In a foreword for the program of the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote: “The Blues tell the story of life’s difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.” In times of change and uncertainty we look to, and will look back on, the work of contemporary artists of the period to make meaning of and to write the stories of that time. The 63 artists chosen for the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition are doing just that, looking deeply at the world around them, reflecting it back to us, creating a record and letting us feel seen and counted. It has been a tremendous honor to have been invited by the Arkansas Arts Center to jury the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition, I remain grateful for the opportunity to be introduced to the works of these talented artists.
— Stefanie Fedor, Executive Director, Visual Arts Center of Richmond
The 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition was organized by the Arkansas Arts Center in collaboration with Historic Arkansas Museum, Thea Foundation, ACANSA Gallery and the Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Library. Each partner organization curated a selection of works from the exhibition exploring a theme related to the mission of their institution. Click on the logos to view the partner galleries.
DELTA 60 Facebook Watch Party | Tuesday, July 14th at 6 p.m.
Join us for a virtual watch party of the Arkansas Arts Center original documentary, DELTA 60, on Facebook. The hour-long documentary explores the innovative work featured in the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition in 2018 through the eyes of 10 Arkansas artists. Following these artists as they create work that addresses place, identity, representation and history, DELTA 60 proves the power of art to challenge its viewers – and its makers. Follow the Arkansas Arts Center on Facebook.
62nd Annual Delta Exhibition Virtual Juror Conversation and Awards Announcement | Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m. | Watch the Video
Arkansas Arts Center members, featured artists and special guests are invited to a virtual conversation between Guest Juror Stefanie Fedor and Brian Lang, Chief Curator and Windgate Foundation Curator of Contemporary Craft, about the process of selecting the artworks for the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition. Following the conversation, Fedor will announce the Grand Award winner ($2,500.00), Delta Award winners ($750.00), and the Contemporaries Award winner ($250.00). Not a member? Join today.
Contemporaries Virtual Night at the Delta Exhibition | Thursday, July 30 @ 7 p.m.
Join the Contemporaries, an Arkansas Arts Center auxiliary membership group, for an exclusive virtual tour of the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition and a Q&A with Delta artists. The Contemporaries are a group of young professionals and art enthusiasts who gather throughout the year for special opportunities to enjoy exclusive tours of Arts Center exhibitions, artist studios, galleries and private collections. Join the Contemporaries.
Virtual Studio Tours and Artist Talks | June 19 through October 27, 2020
Join us throughout the run of the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition for studio visits and engaging conversations with Delta artists and virtual events for Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night and North Little Rock’s 3rd Friday Art Walks featuring guests from our Delta community partners Historic Arkansas Museum, Thea Foundation, ACANSA Gallery and the Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Library. Follow the Arkansas Arts Center on Facebook to learn more about Delta events and programs.
Virtual Studio Visit and Conversation with Delta Artist Leah Grant | Tuesday, September 29 at 12 p.m. | Register Here
Join us for an online conversation with Delta Artist Leah Grant. Grant will talk with Arkansas Arts Center’s Director of Education and Programs, Rana Edgar, about her background, work, inspiration, and methods. After the conversation there will be time for questions from the audience.
Virtual Studio Visit and Conversation with Delta Artist Wade Hampton | Tuesday, October 13 at 12 p.m. | Register Here
Learn more about Delta Artist Wade Hampton in this online program. Hear about Wade’s practice, influences, see his studio and learn more about his work. Following the talk there will be time for questions from the audience.
Virtual Studio Visit and Conversation with Delta Artist Cynthia Buob | Tuesday, October 27 at 12 p.m. | Register Here
Want to learn what inspires a Delta Artist? You will not want to miss this virtual talk and studio tour with Cynthia Buob. View Cynthia’s work, learn about her practice, and see the space she works in. Following the talk and tour there will be time for questions from the audience.
Delta Artist Virtual Gallery Talk: Ajamu Kojo | June 23, 2020 | Watch the Video
In this virtual gallery talk, Delta artist Ajamu Kojo talks with Toni Phinisey-Webber from the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site about Wakanda Don’t Cry, Kojo’s painting based on the famous photo of Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine. Kojo discusses his working methods, the Arkansas Arts Center as a place of inspiration, and working as an artist in New York City.
Delta Artist Virtual Talk and Studio Tour: Barbara Satterfield | June 30, 2020 | Watch the Video
Have you ever wanted to see the studio of a Delta Artist? Barbara Satterfield gives a virtual tour of her home studio and discusses her artistic practice.
Delta Artist Virtual Conversation: Joel Boyd and Education Director Rana Edgar | July 21, 2020 | Watch the Video
Enjoy this online conversation with Delta Artist Joel Boyd. Boyd talks with Arkansas Arts Center’s Director of Education and Programs, Rana Edgar, about his background, work, inspiration, and methods..
Delta Artist Virtual Talk and Studio Tour: Joe Morzuch | July 28, 2020 | Watch the Video
Want to learn more about how Delta Artists work in their studio? See Joe Morzuch’s work, learn about his practice, and see the space he works in.
Delta Artist Virtual Conversation: Louis Watts and Chief Curator Brian J. Lang | August 4, 2020 | Watch the Video
Learn more about Delta Artist Louis Watts in this online conversation between the artist and Arkansas Arts Center’s Chief Curator and Windgate Foundation Curator of Contemporary Craft, Brian J. Lang. Hear about Watts practice, influences, and learn more about his work.
Delta Artist Virtual Conversation: Kayla O’Neal and Sharon Havelka with Chief Curator Brian J. Lang | August 18, 2020 | Watch the Video
Want to know more about Delta artists Kayla O’Neal and Sharon Havelka? Brian J. Lang, Chief Curator and Windgate Foundation Curator of Contemporary Craft discusses process and inspiration with O’Neal and Havelka.
Virtual Studio Visit and Conversation with Delta Artist Aaron Calvert | September 15, 2020 | Watch the Video
Learn more about Delta Artist and Grand Award winner Aaron Calvert in this online conversation. Hear about Calvert’s practice, influences, and learn more about his work in this talk. Following the program there will be time for questions from the audience.
|Ajamu Kojo, Wakanda Don’t Cry, 2018, Mischtechnik and gold leaf on linen canvas, 34 x 44 inches|
|Barbara Satterfield, Buckeye Seed Pods Presented, 2020, coil-built earthenware, oil paint, and encaustic with press molds of buckeye seed pods, 16 x 19 x 15 inches|
|Joel Boyd, Blue House, Little Rock, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24 inches|
|Joe Morzuch, Green Chair, 2019, oil on canvas on panel, 44 x 60 inches|
|Louis Watts, Olive Branch (Ship Minerva), 2019, graphite on paper mounted to panel, 8 x 6 inches|
|Kayla O’Neal, Center of My System, 2020, acrylic and gold foil on wooden panel with time-based media aspects, 23 x 23 x 3 1/2 inches|
|Sharon Havelka, Wayfinding, 2019, quilted and embroidered pillow case with cloth remnants, vinegar print, coffee and tea stained muslin, and plastic, 34 x 42 x 8 inches|
The 62nd Delta Exhibition supported by:
MRS. LISENNE ROCKEFELLER
TERRI AND CHUCK ERWIN
JUDY FLETCHER, IN MEMORY OF JOHN R. FLETCHER
FRIDAY, ELDREDGE & CLARK, LLP
JC THOMPSON TRUST
DIANNE AND BOBBY TUCKER
PHYLLIS AND MICHAEL BARRIER
EAST HARDING CONSTRUCTION
MARION W. FULK
Grand Award supported by:
The John William Linn Endowment Fund
Exhibition supported by:
The Andre Simon Memorial Trust in memory of everyone who has died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
Reception support provided by:
Catfish Farmers of Arkansas
Arkansas Arts Center programs are supported in part by:
Arkansas Arts Center Foundation; Arkansas Arts Center Board of Trustees; City of Little Rock; City of North Little Rock; Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; and the Arkansas Arts Council, a division of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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