Beginning with the early settlers who created iconic folk art to today’s contemporary fine artists, the creative community has held an important place in the culture of Northwest Arkansas. When the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in 2011, the region gained national attention with a spotlight on the arts. The recognition has enhanced the area’s reputation as an arts destination and has contributed to an increase in the number of galleries and other venues for artists to exhibit.
One of the newest exhibition venues will be the Bentonville branch of the First National Bank of NWA that will open in the city’s arts district. I am honored and excited to be the bank’s art director, a position that will allow me to share artist’s works in an area south of the Square that is fast becoming a cultural hub.
The two-story building that will house the branch has been designed to showcase art. Artworks will be displayed behind large windows, and unlike most galleries and museums, the work will be on view twenty-four hours each day. I plan to feature six artists at a time, and their exhibitions will hang for three months. Not only will the artists receive visual exposure, but their works will be offered for sale. Every six weeks, I will change out three of the shows and hang works by three new artists. The artwork will vary in media and will include paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, and more.
As an artist and a long time promoter of the area’s creative community, I am excited to share in the bank’s innovative and important contribution to the arts culture of Northwest Arkansas.
About Zeek Taylor: An award winning artist, Zeek Taylor has been the subject of many one-man exhibitions and juried shows. He is a recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Art Award for Lifetime Achievement. Four of his paintings have hung in the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, and his work has been displayed in the Arkansas Arts Center. He has appeared twice on the NPR “Tales From the South” radio show that was heard worldwide by 130 million listeners, and he was featured on the NPR’s Morning Edition Storycorps segment that was heard by 50 million people. He gave a Tedx talk in Bentonville, Arkansas, and is a published author. Taylor lives and maintains a studio in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. www.zeektaylor.com