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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

Art in Aviation
Guided Tours

by Wayne Haver, President of the Fort Smith Art Museum

in RAM’s Main Gallery – Free – Registration Required

Sunday, August 15, 2021, 2 pm

 

AND

Saturday, September 18, 2021, 2 pm

Cabin at Greenleaf State Park by John Bell, Jr.

Selections from the Permanent Collection

The RAM permanent collection features a diverse
array of subject matter and media, and we are proud
to display a survey of this collection to the public. An
important aspect of the past year has been the value of the
ordinary or exploring the mundane around us. Now more
than ever, our homes and hobbies have been the center
of our lives in a unique way. RAM desires to display cultural
conceptions of home, comfort, and adventure through
this exhibition. Please join us for Selections from the
Permanent Collection to reflect with us on how significant
these changes have been in our lives, and how these
concepts relate to the history of art.

Exhibition curated by Samantha Rhodes.

On view May 28, through August 8, 2021

Our Mission: To foster art appreciation
in the community through
diverse exhibitions,
educational programming,
dynamic events,
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

Vote online at: swtimes.com/contests

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!

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

Arvest Foundation.

On view April 13 through August 22, 2021

Quarantine Art Exhibition
Southside High School
April 13- August 22

RAM Student Gallery sponsored by Arvest Foundation

‘Quarantine Art’ showcases the sculptures and 2D paintings created during the pandemic by Southside High School Art Students. In the past school year, these students have had many obstacles and challenges, but they stayed the course, creating inspiring artwork that embodied their experiences of the current times. Join us virtually, or in-person with limited numbers, as we highlight the quarantine experiences of these young artists!

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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

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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Business Partnerships

Business Partners use their valuable benefits to reward employees, entertain clients, network with industry peers, and connect to RAM supporters.
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Annual Fund

The Annual Fund supports all of RAM’s endeavors, including education programs, exhibitions, and conservation of the permanent collection.
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Memorial Gifts

If you would like to remember someone who loved art and culture during their lifetime, you can create a living tribute in their memory. A person of your choice will receive a personal letter from RAM informing them that you have made a memorial gift in the individual's name. Amounts will be confidential and you will receive a receipt for your donation.
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Honorary Gifts

If you have a family member or friend whose life has been touched by art and culture we hope you will consider making a gift to the museum in honor of that special individual. Honorary gifts are also appropriate for acknowledging a friend's or family member's birthday, anniversary, or any special occasion.
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Volunteer

RAM’s passionate and generous volunteers are indispensable to achieving our goals as a museum. Join this talented team and contribute your time working in the museum world.
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FACILITY RENTALS

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.