Arts Center of the Ozarks is a regional art institution hosting exhibitions throughout the year with educational programs for children and adults by professional artists and curators.

Throughout its spacious galleries in the lobby areas and on the elevated upper gallery, Arts Center of the Ozarks offers art lovers an eye-catching and thought-provoking array of works in every medium from budding student artists to professional local and regional artists.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday thru Friday, 10 am – 5 pm.

Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm

Closed Sunday and Monday.

Free Admission

Gallery Hours

Tuesday thru Friday, 10 am – 5 pm.
Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Free Admission

Current Exhibitions

Legacy and Lament and No Corners

Exhibition: May 8th-June 28th, 2017
Open House:  May 18th 6-8pm

Art Center of the Ozarks will be simultaneously showcasing two art exhibitions featuring local artists. Legacy and Lament will feature the oil paintings of Natalie Conway, while No Corners will feature the collection of stain glass artist Cathy Fritschie Gilbert. Each exhibition will be displayed in a separate gallery space and both are free and open to the public.

Legacy and Lament includes approximately thirty oil paintings ranging in size from several inches to over five feet. Based on memory, abstraction, old photographs, and artifacts, the work explores the artist’s relationship to her family history and the history of the American South. The paintings portray figures, objects, and furniture at a life-size scale and in a vibrant, warm color palette. They alternate between meticulous detail and expressive, painterly handling; abstract color fields and carefully rendered leaves, hands, silver, and fragments of broken china. Laden with symbols of Southern history like cotton balls and magnolia blooms, the work uses text and juxtaposition to address matters of violence and white guilt while maintaining a sense of decorative beauty that celebrates historical women’s roles.

Conway examines her role as a white southern woman through the imagery of domestic decor, craft, agriculture, and monuments. With an emphasis on childhood and intimate settings in and around the home, her paintings recreate the process of learning her heritage and status, but through the lens of an adult who is trying to understand her position in the context of slavery, the Civil War, and white privilege.

Natalie Conway lives and works in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has studied drawing and painting at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art in Norfolk, Connecticut; and the Mount Gretna School of Art in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania. Her work can be found at

No Corners is Fritschie Gilberts debut exhibition. This departure from her usual “commission only” work is allowing her the freedom to explore her own style and creativity. It will include some unique pieces using uranium glass, which add a new visual dimension to the work as uranium glass brightly glows under UV light.

Cathy Fritschie Gilbert has nearly forty years of experience working with glass. She has completed installations in eight states across the country. Recent installations of Fritschie Gilbert’s work can be seen at the Ozark Montessori Academy in Springdale and the Mercy Hospital Chapel in Fort Smith. More photos of her career works can be seen on the Architectural Artglass Facebook page.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Sensory Iconoclast

Exhibition: July 10th through September 10th, 2017
The exhibition is free and open to the public

ACO Art Reception: Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 6 pm to 8 pm.
Click here for more info.

In the past, the project has paired artists and chefs together fueling reciprocated inspiration as the chefs create a dish inspired by the artist and the artists create a work based on the chef.  This year they are getting back to the root of the creation, love for creativity, by reversing the creative process: Transposed Collaborative Experience. 

“SI ’17 promises to be the most incendiary, provocative to date.  Eve and I wanted to take each of the artist/chef participants out of their comfort zones by forcing them to switch roles for part of the project.  The idea is for one to mentor the other. For example, a figurative artist would teach the chef to paint, and the chef would inspire the painter to create a singular work in the kitchen.  I’m never more creative than when I first discover and try my hand at a new medium. There’s an emotion of exhilaration, which I liken to “falling in love” when I first become acclimated to a new creative outlet. I want all of our collaborators to fall in love a little bit this year.” -Case Dighero, Crystal Bridges’ Director of Culinary Programming and Events

Sensory Iconoclast is the creation of Case Dighero and Eve Smith. This will be the 5th year anniversary of the partnered curation of the exhibition as well as the works created between partners within it. 


Exhibition: October 2nd-26th
Soirée: October 26th 5:55 pm

Past Exhibitions

Celebrate Art Competition

Exhibition: April 17- 28, 2017
Open House:  Saturday, April 22, 1-3pm

A continuation of our youth art competition, Celebrate Art showcases the work of local K-8th graders. Every year this exhibit fills the building with color and creativity. We are excited to once again offer local young artist the opportunity to showcase their skill and feel the pride of exhibiting their work. This is the perfect way to introduce children to the world of art exhibiting.

Annual Art Installation Exhibition featuring Ben Edwards

Exhibition: January 9 thru February 8
Reception: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6pm to 8pm

Something owned, occupied, controlled, or just having an instance of such control is a possession. Domination by something or someone is a possession. Territories, properties, dependencies, psychokinetic energies, spirits, drugs, consumer goods can possess our individual minds and souls.

The exhibition consists of three principal artworks, The Day Lounge, Dispossession, and Understanding What You Want.  Each artwork is presented in its own gallery space, and is made entirely from materials and perceptions reclaimed from the artist’s purge of personal possessions.  Recognizing that control of an object, a person, a place, or thing cannot be permanent, to possess, by definition, describes a temporal relationship, even when the relationship between two things is total and irreversible. The artworks in this exhibition are composed in only this moment, a reflection of the temporal condition of all living things and their claims to possessions.

On the Brink, On the Brim, On the Cusp

Exhibition: February 17 – March 29, 2017
Reception: March 9, 2017 6pm to 8pm 

This exhibition explores the borders and boundaries pursued through various mediums by Northwest and Central Arkansas artists. The title of the show is taken from the poem, “Praise Song for the Day,” by writer Elizabeth Alexander, which was performed at the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama in 2009. The works included investigate how we manage our relationships with each other, our identities, technology, and our environment, while pushing the boundary lines within which we are comfortable. In doing this, the artists expose the categories and borders we place ourselves in, whether that is through the act of making, geographically, or psychologically, while offering a path to seek a place of understanding beyond the artificial lines we draw out of fear or complacency. The exhibition hopes to open opportunities for discussion and reflection on where we as viewers might be installing borders or boundaries on our own lives while also considering ways to break down those static lines and create room for new ways of understanding. 

Senior High Art Competition

Exhibition: April 3- 14, 2017
Open House: Saturday, April 8 1-3pm

Arts Center of the Ozarks’ annual student art competitions are back. With over 300 submissions from 4 counties, you won’t want to miss this display of growing talent. We are excited to once again offer local young artist the opportunity to showcase their skill and feel the pride of exhibiting their work.