Little Rock’s premiere visual and performing arts institution is poised for the next chapter with a new name and new building in Historic MacArthur Park.
In 2022, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts will open its doors. The new building will be a beacon, providing a state-of-the-art home for our permanent collection and special exhibitions, art classes, theatre performances, lectures, films, music, festivals, events, and so much more.
This expanded vision will bring the world to Arkansas. In that spirit, an internationally renowned team of architects was selected to create a building and landscaping that are works of art in their own right. The iconic new cultural and architectural jewel is designed by Studio Gang with landscape design by SCAPE. The new Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts has already established itself as a landmark for Little Rock, Central Arkansas, and the region.
Reimagined Arkansas Arts Center wins Best of Design Award
The Arkansas Arts Center’s reimagined MacArthur Park building was named the winner of the 2019 The Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards in the Unbuilt – Cultural category.
The new Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts is being realized through a public-private partnership, with a $31 million commitment from the City of Little Rock. Contributions from generous private donors have more than quadrupled the public commitment – and fundraising is ongoing. The $142 million capital campaign, Reimagining the Arkansas Arts Center: Campaign for our Cultural Future, is supporting the construction of the new museum and providing transition and opening support while also strengthening the endowment, yielding support for operations, exhibitions, acquisitions, and education and outreach programming in the new museum.
AMFA thanks the Windgate Foundation, Harriet and Warren Stephens, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Trust for their transformation lead gifts to the development of the new Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. The Windgate Art School, Harriet and Warren Stephens Galleries, and Governor Winthrop Rockefeller Lecture Hall are named in recognition of these lead gifts.