Ozarka College to Host Arts Center’s Artmobile

Ozarka College to Host Arts Center’s Artmobile

Melbourne – The Arkansas Arts Center’s Artmobile, a 40+ft mobile gallery containing original works of art from the Arts Center’s permanent collection will be in the parking lot of the John E. Miller Education Complex of Ozarka College in Melbourne March 2-6 from 9A-4:30P (closed from 11A-Noon for lunch).

The Artmobile, one of the nation’s only mobile galleries of its size, showcases an all-new exhibition – ART! – Works from the Collection of the Arkansas Arts Center. The Artmobile attempts to be a travel – size version of the Arkansas Arts Center, bringing art to people who cannot regularly visit an art museum. While it is impossible to represent the full breadth of the Arts Center collection, the current exhibition aboard the Artmobile is an overview of the kinds of objects you can expect to see in the Museum.

The exhibition includes works in all mediums that are always thought provoking as well as aesthetically pleasing. The exhibition attempts to answer questions about the Arts Center’s collection, such as: Why museums collect art? How museums collect art? What makes the Arkansas Arts Center collection special? In addition, the exhibition covers a broad range of works from all periods. Drawings, contemporary crafts, paintings, photography, and prints are all included in this exhibition.

Bringing the art to life and further enhancing the educational opportunity of the Artmobile visit is an on-board Art Educator, Virgil Lawrence, who serves as a guide through the mobile gallery.

“The Artmobile provides a quality visual arts experience that is great for schools, colleges/universities, festivals, special events, museums, libraries, and because it is a mobile gallery, it is a wonderful way to introduce audiences to fine art in their own communities,” said Ned Metcalf, State Services Manager at the Arts Center. The Artmobile’s exhibition is available to be viewed on the Arts Center’s website: www.arkarts.com under “Touring Programs”.

Grant support is provided through the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding support is provided by the Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club Foundation. Season sponsors include: Bank of America; The Stella Boyle Smith Trust; The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston; Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation; Entergy Arkansas, Inc.; Union Pacific Foundation; Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation; and Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. The Arkansas Arts Center is extremely grateful for the valuable support and contributions to the Artmobile by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Locally, the Artmobile tour is sponsored by Ozarka College.

For more information on the Arts Center’s touring programs, call the State Services Department at 501-396-0350-or 1-800-264-ARTS. To schedule a group tour or for more information contact Director of Planning and Special Projects, Joan Stirling at 870-7371 or jstirling@ozarka.edu.