Where the spirit of art unites us.
The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
is open for your enjoyment!
Currently on view
Father and son discussing airplanes on display
Art in Aviation
In collaboration with the Fort Smith Air Museum
Organized by RAM, in collaboration with the Fort Smith Air Museum, this exhibit will consist of 40+ aviation prints by various artists selected from the George Calvin Schriver Collection. Schriver (1925 – 2012) graduated from Fort Smith High School, was a US Navy pilot in WWII, and went on to become the Commandant of the Civil Air Patrol in the 1950s, flying search and rescue missions. He was also the founder of the Flight Masters Model Airplane Club of Fort Smith. Throughout his life, Schriver collected aviation lithographs, most of which he donated to the Fort Smith Air Museum in 2008. After Schriver’s death, the remaining prints were donated by the Schriver Family in 2018.
On view May 21, through September 19, 2021
Our Mission: To foster art appreciation
in the community through
and cultural partnerships.
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.
Thank You Fort Smith!
Your Regional Art Museum would like to thank everyone who voted, for all who believe in RAM!
This is our 3rd year in a row winning Best Art Gallery!
Let’s make it 4!
Voting Period: July 31 – August 16
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Frame Your Pet!
An artist would like to paint a portrait of your beloved pet!
Proceeds will equally support the artist and RAM’s programs.
Click here to learn more!
RAM Family Day
Saturday, October 2, 2021, 11:30 – 3 pm
- Watch artists at work
- Cake Walk (prizes are art kits!)
- Take home a free bag of art projects
- Free hot dogs (11:30 – 1:30 pm)
- Tour RAM with a scavenger hunt (prizes awarded, masks provided)
Voices of RAM Videos!
Darneisha Airhart proclaims Billie Holiday is her muse!
Nancy Card and Emily Riddle love Ram Saturdays, because RAM is accepting of everyone.
Retired Jon Williams discovers his talent for Painting – it’s never too late!
The RAM Student Gallery sponsored by
The UAFS Student Art Exhibition combines the artwork of students at different levels of their studio degrees. Whether they were painting figures or focusing on a culminating body of work, each student faced the difficulties of creating in a hybrid or distance learning environment. Despite this, the resulting artwork captures formal qualities and conceptual depth, some touching on themes of identity and meditation. Join us starting September 16 as we highlight the work by these emerging artists!
David Malcolm Rose: The Lost Highway
When I started driving around this country in the late sixties the interstate was the exception rather than the rule. Even where the interstate was complete, the interchanges were barren. In order to get gas, food or lodging, one had to leave the four-lane and drive a mile or so into town. Twenty years brought about a complete reversal in many places. All services became available along the limited access highway while many of the small businesses that once served motorists were abandoned.
One could still get a tank of gas, burgers and fries, and a room for the night at almost every exit, but, in all probability, it would be a Shell Superstop, Burger King, Holiday Inn, or some other chain outlet. The interstate system provided a breeding ground and conduit for the chains that came to dominate almost every aspect of our lives.
The nation rapidly became homogenized. The services were still there, but the independent operator was gone. Gone also, to a great degree, was individual thought, originality, and regional diversity.
Driving the old road, the remains of commercial buildings could still be seen and my work sprang from these. I tried to create a portrait of the people who made their living by the side of the road and tell the story of the end of an era. – David Malcolm Rose
This exhibit will contain miniature scale models of Lost Highway businesses, paintings of businesses long forgotten along the Lost Highway, and a retrospective of the artist, David Malcolm Rose.
David Malcolm Rose: The Lost Highway
On View September 24, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Temporarily Closed Exhibition
The Touch Gallery
RAM is pleased to announce our new The Touch Gallery! So often in museums, the warning “Please don’t touch the art” bombards visitors. This, of course, is a precaution to protect the art objects, yet it deprives us of exploring surfaces and learning about materials, techniques, and artistic intent with one of our most important sensory tools, our sense of touch.
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Located in the heart of downtown Fort Smith, this 16,000 square-foot modern art facility provides a unique and enchanting venue for a multitude of events. From a holiday party, meeting, gala, or corporate social, the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum’s event spaces offers an extraordinary experience for all occasions. Rental spaces range from 1,800 to 2,200 square feet and include the use of the 1,200 square-foot lobby.