Exhibits across CALS

Come for the books, stay for the art. Absolutely not how the saying goes, but right now CALS has several can’t-miss exhibits. These exhibits are free and open to the public during regular business hours at the respective branches.

Courtesy of the Collectors: Portraits of African Americans in Photographs, Paintings, and Drawings

Where: Underground Gallery, CALS Roberts Library
When: January 12 through March 30

On loan to the Central Arkansas Library System from private and public collections in Arkansas, the works in this exhibition present a selection of diverse portrayals of African Americans to illuminate their wider participation and inclusion in the American experience from the nineteenth century to today.

From the Vault: Art for the Young at Heart from the CALS Permanent Collection

Where: Children’s Gallery at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center
When: Friday, December 1, 2023 – Saturday, January 27, 2024

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) houses more than just books. The library’s art program also actively collects and exhibits works by artists working and living in Arkansas. This eclectic exhibition features pieces by artists and illustrators whose vibrant works capture the joys of adventure and exploration.

This exhibition was created in honor of recently retired CALS deputy executive director Lisa Donovan, who was an early proponent and tireless supporter of the Children’s Gallery and Children’s Library.