The Arts and Life in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas is home to many different arts organizations and events, and arts programming in the region is plentiful.  Being immersed in the Northwest Arkansas community is incredibly important to our mission as a school. 


Arts on Campus

Leslie Dill exhibition in the Fine Arts Center Gallery
Leslie Dill exhibition in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on the U of A campus.

The School of Art regularly hosts exhibitions, visiting artist lectures, and other art-related events. Within the School of Art there is the Fine Arts Center Gallery and the student-run sUgAR exhibition series. Also on campus is the student-run Anne Kittrell Gallery located in the Student Union. The Drama and Music departments regularly offer discounted or free programming for students as well.

Fine Arts Center Gallery
sUgAR Gallery
Anne Kittrell Gallery
Theatre Department Schedule
Music Department Schedule


Arts in Northwest Arkansas

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Aerial view of Crystal Bridges; photography by Adair Creative. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

In downtown Fayetteville, the Walton Arts Center brings Broadway quality theater and musical performances to the city. The Fayetteville Underground and First Thursday ArtWalks, which you'll also find in downtown Fayetteville, are great ways of introducing students to some of our many local artists.

Venture a few miles up the road, and you'll find Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21C Museum Hotel and more.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
21C Museum Hotel
Walton Arts Center
Art Center of the Ozarks
Fayetteville First Thursday Art Walk
Fayetteville Underground
Art Amiss


Graduate Students in the Community

Having our MFAs actively working and exhibiting on the downtown square and participating in First Thursdays, which attracts thousands of arts and culture enthusiasts, benefits our students, our school, the Fulbright College, and the University of Arkansas. 

Every semester our MFAs present their work to the community in open studios, and in addition they collaborate with local organizations and galleries including Fayetteville Underground, LaLaLand, Backspace and sUgAR. Our MFAs actively contribute to our community, which we believe promotes and enriches our entire program and adds to the social fabric of our developing region.