A taste of our history is represented in the fascinating quarterly exhibits at the Capitol. From seeing the actual medical instruments used in surgery in rural Arkansas to instruments used in making Ozark folk music, there's always an interesting bit of Arkansas history to see. Our quarterly exhibits are presented in four enclosed galleries on the Capitol's first floor. Permanent exhibits are located on the third and fourth floors. Be sure to stop by as a bonus to your Capitol tour!
Touring Exhibit: Arkansas's Champion Trees
Selected works from Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey
are now on display in the Lower-Level Gallery of the Arkansas State Capitol. The statewide touring exhibit features the drawings and documentation of selected Arkansas champion trees by Hot Springs artist Linda Williams Palmer.
The exhibit explores Arkansas’s natural and artistic heritage and inspires viewers to celebrate the beauty that can be found in their own backyards. The complete exhibit consists of 18 large colored pencil drawings, detail drawings, and photo-documentation of depicted trees; due to space constraints, the Capitol installation includes nine of Palmer’s striking drawings. The artwork is accompanied by short anecdotes and stories to encourage multi-generational conversations, and informative text panels and a full-color brochure designed to inspire visitors to learn more about Arkansas forests, history, art and science.
The public can find exhibit information, educational materials and related links to forestry and natural resource programs at www.ChampionTreesExhibit.com.
Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey is made possible through contributions by Champion Sponsors Plum Creek Timber Company, Domtar, and the Williams-Palmer Family; Medalist Sponsors Robyn and John Horn; and individual. This program is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The artist’s research and artwork are highlighted in a documentary produced by the Arkansas Educational Television Network. The program will premiere on February 20; Capitol visitors can view a preview version in the Capitol’s first-floor audiovisual area during the exhibit's run. An educator’s guide and additional teacher resources are available to enrich the exhibit’s educational emphasis.
Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey is organized for travel by the Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
The Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts is an advocacy organization for Arkansas women artists on the national level by organizing representation in the museum in Washington, D.C. In the state, the Committee advocates for Arkansas women artists on the state level by sponsoring juried exhibits, awarding scholarships and paid internships to artists and students, and providing an informative web site with an artists’ registry. Since 1991, the Arkansas Committee has exhibited the work of over 500 Arkansas women artists in Washington, D.C., Germany, and throughout the state. For more information about the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, visit acnmwa.org.
SELECTED CHAMPION TREES IN EXHIBIT
1. Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoids), Co-champion, Crawford County, Van Buren
2. Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum), Arkansas County, White River Refuge, Ethel
3. American Holly (Ilex opaca), White County, Rosebud
4. Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), Miller County, Texarkana
5. Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), “Guardian of the Fallen” (Confederate Cemetery), Washington County, Fayetteville
6. Cherrybark Oak (Quercus pagoda), Phillips County, Lexa
7. Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii), Independence County, Batesville
8. White Oak (Quercus alba) “Council Oak”, Yell County, Dardanelle
9. Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata), Ashley County, Hamburg
For Additional Information:
Barbara Satterfield, Exhibit Project Manager, member of the Arkansas State Committee
Linda Palmer, Featured Artist
Marta Jones, President, Arkansas State Committee
Past revolving exhibits:
A Capitol in Progress
This exhibit, located in the Lower Level
elevator lobby, features
photographs taken at a crucial time in
the construction of the
Capitol. The work of Little Rock
photographer Thomas B.
image document the condition of the
structure in 1910 as a
and a new architect took charge of the
to guide it to
Building Forever: The Construction Story of the Arkansas State Capitol
Featuring historical photographs, blueprints, cartoons and newspaper articles, this exhibit chronicles the construction history of the Capitol, along with a look at 20th century governors and their impact on state and national events. The exhibit is located in the northwest hallway of the third floor.
Call of Duty: Arkansas at War
Explore Arkansas’s role in Major U.S. Conflicts and discover stories about our state’s heroes. View memorials to Desert Storm and Pearl Harbor veterans. The exhibit and memorials are in the fourth floor east corridor.
Legislative Photo Composites
Looking for a relative who served in the Arkansas legislature? Composite photographs of each legislative session since 1911 are located on the third and fourth floor hallways. House of Representative composite photographs are on the north ends of the third and fourth floors; Senate photos are on the south ends of both upper floors. Photos are in chronological order with the newer photos located on the third floor and the older photographs on the fourth floor.
Mentors & Models
This exhibit highlights the lives of social justice and civil rights advocates Daisy and L.C. Bates, and the making of Testament, a monument on the Capitol grounds honoring the Little Rock Nine. It is located in the north foyer on the first floor of the State Capitol, overlooking the monument.
Standing for Arkansas
Learn the history behind the official symbols of Arkansas. Located in
the west corridor of the fourth floor, this exhibit is fun for all
Through the Years By the Numbers
See how the state's people and industries have changed from territorial days to today. A timeline of major events in Arkansas history is coupled with population s changes since the 1820s. The timeline and narrative depict landmark events since Europeans first explored the region in the 1500s, how Native American cultures shifted and the progression of agriculture and industry through today. Located in the southeast corner of the Capitol’s fourth floor.