Arkansas Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Arkansas Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.

Following the links to Resource Library articles and essays are a listing of museums in the state which have provided materials to Resource Library for this or any other topic.

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Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order, followed by articles:

As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains 158 pages including the state's name, yet no articles or essays specific to the state.

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Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:

Arkansas Arts Center


A potential source of Resource Library articles and essays is the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, located in Bentonville, Arkansas. The Museum features many exhibits of American representational art.

(above: Aerial view of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, designed by Safdie Architects; photography by Timothy Hursley. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.)

Other online information:

Arkansas Post Office Murals from University of Central Arkansas. Accessed August, 2015.

Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture which has the category for Visual Arts. Biographies of many painters, sculptors, photographers and illustrators are included. Accessed July, 2015

Historic Arkansas Museum website contains biographies of Arkansas artists. Accessed July, 2015

Seeing the Essence: Photographs by William E. Davis is a 2017 exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center which says: "The exhibition features twenty-five large black and white photographic prints made by Davis, revealing his special gifts for choosing distinctive subjects and looking at them as no one else would. ... His home state figures importantly in Davis's fine art photographs. He captured landscapes, barns, houses, cotton gins, and farm machinery from a unique perspective." Accessed 2/17


TFAO's Distinguished Artists catalogue provides online access to biographical information for artists associated with this state. Also, Search Resource Library for online articles and essays concerning both individual artists associated with this state's history and the history of art centers and museums in this state. Resource Library articles and essays devoted to individual artists and institutions are not listed on this page.


Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:

Rock Art in Arkansas (Arkansas Archeological Survey Popular Series), by George Sabo (Editor), Deborah Sabo (Editor). 146 pages. Arkansas Archeological Survey (July 31, 2005). ISBN-10: 1563490994. ISBN-13: 978-1563490996

A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans, by Cuesta Benberry. 158 pages. University of Arkansas Press (October 2000). ISBN-10: 1557286205. ISBN-13: 978-1557286208

Collector's Guide to Camark Pottery: Identification & Values, by David Edwin Gifford. 240 pages. Collector Books (May 1999). ISBN-10: 157432103X. ISBN-13: 978-1574321036. Product Description: "A complete history and a marks section is well documented with photos and dates.Hundreds of full color photos showcase the variety of Camark's wares. Vintage catalogs, advertisements, photos, and other images are appropriately placed throughout the book. A companion to Book 1. Current values. AUTHORBIO: David Gifford is a historian of Arkansas's early twentieth century pottery companies: Ouachita Pottery of Hot Spring; Niloak Pottery of Benton; and Camark Pottery of Camden. He has curated major Arkansas pottery exhibits for local museums. A collector of many things since childhood, he collects representative examples of Arkansas art pottery, mission furniture, and Arkansiana. REVIEW: This book covers the many innovations of Barbie doll and the history behind this collectible. It's a story of Barbie's creation, her evolution, and her journey into being one of the most collectible dolls in the world. A pictorial pleasure and an informative source for collectors everywhere." text courtesy of

Arkansas Made: A Survey of the Decorative Mechanical and Fine Arts Produced in Arkansas, 1819-1870 Volume 2: Photograhy & Art, by Swannee Bennett (Author), William B. Worthen (Author). Paperback: 221 pages. Publisher: University of Arkansas Press (May 1991). ISBN-10: 155728184X. ISBN-13: 978-1557281845

Arkansas art pottery bibliography (Bibliography series / University of Central Arkansas, Archives and Special Collections), by David Edwin Gifford. 19 pages. University of Central Arkansas, Archives and Special Collections (1989). ASIN: B0006EWGTS

Who's who in Arkansas arts & crafts: An exposition of the creative face of a state, by Marguerite Turner. 49 pages. The Arkansas Foundation of Fine Art (1961). ASIN: B0007EQCZG

Monuments and Markers of Washington County, Arkansas, By Washington County Historical Society (Ark.), Published by Washington County Historical Society (Ark), 1953. 33 pages




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