The new Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts is being realized through a public-private partnership, starting with a $31 million commitment from the City of Little Rock generated by a hotel tax revenue bond. Contributions from generous private donors have more than quadrupled the public commitment – and fundraising is ongoing.
The $170.8 million capital campaign, Reimagining the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts supports the construction of a new Museum designed by renowned architecture firm Studio Gang and award-winning landscape architecture firm SCAPE while strengthening the critical funding needed for transition, opening, and future operations.
- Building: A stunning new 133,000 square foot building
- Landscaping: 11-acre landscape plan featuring outdoor sculptures and 50 different species of perennials, shrubs, trees, and ornamental grasses highlighting Arkansas’s biodiversity
- Two Entrances: the Courtyard Entrance showcases the original “Museum of Fine Arts” 1937 facade while the Park Entrance facing MacArthur Park includes an open-air terrace and petal gardens
- Walkways: 2,200 linear feet of landscaped walking paths
- Crescent Lawn: 10,000 square-foot public lawn surrounding Crescent Drive
- Event Lawn: 5,098 square feet of open green space dedicated for events and programming
- Parking: 156 parking spaces relocated to the south and west sides of the building
Restaurant Terrace From the South: From the restaurant’s outdoor terrace, visitors will have beautiful views of the Event Lawn’s outdoor sculptures and elegant landscaping highlighting Arkansas’s biodiversity. Image courtesy of Studio Gang and SCAPE.
New Park Entrance From the South: To the south, an outdoor dining pavilion replaces the existing asphalt parking lot, opening the building to the park for the first time. Image courtesy of Studio Gang and SCAPE.
Landscaping View from the South: This aerial view shows how the reimagined Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts creates new pathways and connections to MacArthur Park. The design includes a new restaurant with outdoor shaded seating, walking paths, and a great lawn. Over time, a tree canopy will develop, creating a true “Museum in a Park.” Image courtesy of Studio Gang and SCAPE.
View From Crescent Drive: A new courtyard plaza opens the historic 1937 façade onto the Crescent Lawn. Above, the Cultural Living Room acts as a community gathering and event space. Image courtesy of Studio Gang and SCAPE.
Courtyard Entrance Revealing the Original 1937 Façade: A new entrance to the north invites visitors to re-experience the building’s original 1937 façade. Image courtesy of Studio Gang.
- Harriet and Warren Stephens Galleries: 20,000 square-foot gallery space showcasing temporary exhibitions as well as the AMFA Foundation Collection
- Windgate Art School: 11,000 square-foot school featuring eight classroom studios and the Robyn and John Horn Gallery
- Performing Arts Theater: 350-seat theater hosting Children’s Theatre productions, film screenings, concerts, and more
- Governor Winthrop Rockefeller Lecture Hall: 153-seat lecture hall for artists talks, lectures, presentations, and more
- Terri and Chuck Erwin Collections Research Center: 1,670 square-foot study room designed for private meetings, presentations, and other scholarly activities
- Cultural Living Room: glass-enclosed, 5,860 square-foot community space designed for gathering and socializing with an open lounge area and coffee bar
- Restaurant: 2,800 square-foot, full-service restaurant with indoor seating and a covered outdoor dining terrace overlooking MacArthur Park
- Museum Store: an expanded shop featuring products from over 40 local, national, and international artists
- Eight rentable spaces available for private events
View of MacArthur Park From the Restaurant: AMFA’s full-service restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor dining options with beautiful views of the Museum’s grounds and MacArthur Park. Image courtesy of Studio Gang.
View of the Gallery Expansion: Improved gallery spaces and new community gathering spaces such as the Cultural Living Room are joined by the two-story Atrium. Our state-of-the-art galleries will showcase the AMFA Foundation’s world-class permanent collection of local, national, and international art, and house special exhibitions.
View of MacArthur Park From the Cultural Living Room: The Cultural Living Room serves as a community space for casual gatherings and elevated events. Image courtesy of Studio Gang.
View of MacArthur Park From the Atrium: The Atrium connects visitors to the Museum Store, Windgate Art School, Harriet and Warren Stephens Galleries, Governor Winthrop Rockefeller Lecture Hall, and Performing Arts Theater. Image courtesy of Studio Gang.
View of 1937 Lobby From Courtyard Entrance: After entering the Museum through doorways underneath the historial 1937 facade, visitors will be welcomed inside the 1937 Lobby. Image courtesy of Studio Gang.
AMFA thanks the Windgate Foundation, Harriet and Warren Stephens, Terri and Chuck Erwin, Robyn and John Horn, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Trust for their transformative lead gifts to the development of the new Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. The Windgate Art School, Harriet and Warren Stephens Galleries, Terri and Chuck Erwin Collections Research Center, Robyn and John Horn Gallery, and Governor Winthrop Rockefeller Lecture Hall are named in recognition of these lead gifts.
To date, the Campaign has benefited from the support of 21st Century Founders ($1 million to $35 million), Leadership Donors ($100,000 to $999,999), Major Donors ($25,000 to $99,999), and many others who have made generous donations at every gift level.
Join the Campaign
If you would like to participate in the Capital Campaign, please know there is special recognition to honor your gift at every donation level, and contributions can be pledged over three to five years.
Please contact the Development office for more information.