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Things to Know About the Arkansas Arts Center’s 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition

Updated: Jun 9


Mildred West, Rooftop, Havana, 2019, photography 11 x 17 inches

Before the pandemic, Thea Foundation was selected as one of the locations to host a portion of the Arkansas Arts Center’s 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition in collaboration with the Historic Arkansas Museum, ACANSA Gallery, and the Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Library. Of course, we are now unable to feature the works in our physical gallery, but in conjunction with the Arts Center’s digital reimagining of the exhibition, we’ll be playing an active role to enrich our supporters through exposure to these important works and Q&As with key artists. 


“Enriching our community with thought-provoking, contemporary art is a top priority for Thea Foundation, and we’re deeply honored to be part of this team offering what we know will be an impactful showcase of Southern talent,” said Thea Foundation Executive Director Nick Leopoulos. 

Ajamu Kojo, Wakanda Don’t Cry, 2018, Mischtechnik on linen canvas, 34 x 44 inches

On June 19, the exhibition will be made available for online viewing with virtual events hosted by the Arkansas Arts Center now scheduled throughout the summer. Here are the details for their Delta-specific events coming up, which are free and available to even non-AAC members:  


Arkansas Arts Center’s Virtual Studio Tours and Artist Talks | June 23 through August 23, 2020

Throughout the run of the 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition, the Arkansas Arts Center will host online studio visits and engaging conversations with Delta artists as well as virtual events for Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night and North Little Rock’s 3rd Friday Art Walks. Follow the Arkansas Arts Center Amplified public Facebook group to learn more about Delta events and programs.


Tuesday, June 23 at 12 p.m. – Delta Artist Virtual Gallery Talk: Ajamu Kojo

Join us for an artist talk with Delta Artist Ajamu Kojo. In this virtual gallery talk, Kojo will discuss his working methods, how the Arkansas Arts Center was a space of inspiration, and what it is like to be an artist working in New York City. Following the talk, Kojo will take questions from the audience.

Tuesday, June 30 at 12 p.m. – Delta Artist Virtual Talk and Studio Tour: Barbara Satterfield 

Have you ever wanted to see the studio of a Delta Artist? Barbara Satterfield will give a virtual tour of her home studio and discuss her artistic practice. Following the tour and talk, Satterfield will take questions from the audience.

Tuesday, July 21 at 12 p.m. – Delta Artist Virtual Conversation: Joel Boyd and Education Director Rana Edgar

Join us for an online conversation with Delta Artist Joel Boyd. Boyd will talk with Arkansas Arts Center’s Director of Education and Programs, Rana Edgar, about his background, work, inspiration, and methods. After the conversation, there will be time for questions from the audience.

Tuesday, July 28 at 12 p.m. – Delta Artist Virtual Talk and Studio Tour: Joe Morzuch

Want to learn more about how Delta Artists work in their studio? You will not want to miss this virtual talk and studio tour with Joe Morzuch. See Morzuch’s work, learn about his practice, and see the space he works in. Following the talk and tour, there will be time for questions from the audience.

Tuesday, August 4 at 12 p.m. – Delta Artist Virtual Conversation: Louis Watts and Chief Curator Brian J. Lang

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. Following the talk, there will be time for questions from the audience.

Tuesday, August 18 at 12 p.m. – Delta Artist Virtual Conversation: Kayla O’Neal and Sharon Havelka with Chief Curator Brian J. Lang

Want to know more about Delta artists Kayla O’Neal and Sharon Havelka? Join the Arkansas Arts Center for an online conversation with both artists and Brian J. Lang, Chief Curator and Windgate Foundation Curator of Contemporary Craft. Following the conversation, there will be time for questions from the audience.

Barbara Satterfield, Buckeye Seed Pods Presented, 2020, ceramic, 16 x 19 x 15 inches

In addition to these key events from the Arkansas Arts Center, Thea Foundation will be sharing Q&As via our blog to give an inside look at select Delta artists’ processes and inspirations. During this time that we’re unable to host exhibitions in our space, we look forward to continuing to provide opportunities for our many art-loving supporters to enjoy new art/engage with working artists. 

Thank you to the Arkansas Arts Center for allowing us to be a partner in this year’s execution of one of the oldest annual exhibitions in the United States. The 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition will feature 63 works from 772 entries by 348 artists. Be on the lookout for the link to view all of the works when it debuts on June 19, and stay tuned over the summer months as we share more Delta-related content.


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