Fort Smith Legend John Bell

My Future Fort Smith

Will Barnet: Forms and Figures

The Essence of Place: David Halpern Photographs from the Gilcrease Collection

Todd Gray: Pop Geometry

Program: RAM Saturdays

Program: Drop in and Draw

Awards and Recognition


The Essence of Place: David Halpern Photographs from the Gilcrease Collection

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 26, 2018

RAM Annual Invitational

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Todd Gray: Pop Geometry

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 2, 2018

Modern Master David Hayes

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 2018



Drop in and Draw – Ongoing/Free
Every Thursday from 12-4PM

Drop by the museum every week for a chance to hone your skills. RAM provides a live model and studio space FREE for artists. Bring your own materials, easels are provided. All are welcome!


RAM Saturdays – Ongoing/Free
Every Saturday learn a new medium!

Every Saturday from 12-4 will be a fun hands-on exploration of a new medium or type of art. It’s a casual make and take program. Participants will learn about techniques and materials in the RAM studio and have the opportunity to make their own original works of art to take home. This is a free program, open to the public, for all ages.


Homeschool Art Program – Ongoing/Free

Primary students (Pre-K – 12yrs) – Every other Tuesday, 1-2PM and 2-3PM
High school students – Every other Friday through April, 2-3PM


The ARTS with Grace – Ongoing/Free
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Wednesday of the month, 3:30-5PM

The ARTS (Arts, Recreation, Travel, and Social Opportunities) with Grace is an educational program dedicated to bringing the ARTS to adults of all skill levels. Taught by professional artist Cathy Mason.


Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting

Workshop by David M. Kessler
February 21-23 , 2018


A Painting A Day

Workshop by Lisa Daria Kennedy
June 2-3, 2018

Ways to give

All donations make an important difference to help ensure a strong future for the museum. Gifts help us provide outstanding exhibitions, programming, and events for Fort Smith and the surrounding communities. In order to fulfill our mission, sustain our expanding facilities, and build the endowment, the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum needs your support.

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The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

RAM originated in 1948 under the Arkansas Association of University Women. In 1951 the Associated Artists of Fort Smith began exhibiting art and holding classes in various locations throughout Fort Smith. In 1960 space for an art center was purchased, and in 1968 the Fort Smith Art Center was incorporated. The small Art Center offered a valuable service for local and regional artists by offering space for its artists for five decades.

The opening of the new museum located at 1601 Rogers Avenue near the heart of Fort Smith marked a major turning point for this organization. Arvest Bank made the expansion possible by donating the 16,000 square-foot building to the Art Center in January of 2009, following a $211 million dollar buyout of Superior Federal Bank in 2003. The Art Center was fully re-branded and opened in January of 2013 as the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum that is fully compliant with the standards of the American Alliance of Museums.

RAM won the prestigious Preservation through Rehabilitation Award from the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas (2013), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gulf State Region Merit Award (2014), and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Gold Award. The nationally recognized architects of the newly renovated museum, Polk, Stanley Wilcox, are known for their work such as the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, Heifer International World Headquarters, and the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) of Little Rock. The building that houses RAM, the old Superior Federal Savings and Loan Bank building at 1601 Rogers Avenue, was listed on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places, with local significance, as an example of a Mid-Century Modern design by the Fort Smith architecture firm of Mott, Mobley, Horstman and Staton.

RAM facilitates nationally and internationally recognized traveling exhibitions and rotating exhibits of works by local and regional artists. In addition to ongoing exhibitions the museum offers classes for children and adults, lectures, opening receptions, children’s art camps, galas, free Saturday programming, after school programs and artist-led workshops. The museum offers facility rentals and a specialty gift shop featuring one-of-a-kind items created by local and regional artists.

The new state-of-the-art Museum meets national standards and has greatly contributed to cultural growth in the region.


(479) 784-2787 (479) 784-9071


1601 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Museum Hours

Tuesday–Saturday 11am-6 pm
Sundays 1-5 pm

Free General Admission

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General Inquiries

Executive Director’s Office
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