The Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (AMFA) has announced the 2022 edition of Delta Voices: Artists of the Mid-South, which highlights artists Renata Cassianao Alvarez, Vaughn Davis, Jr. and John Isiah Walton as well as the 2024 Delta triennial. Delta Voices will be released to the public as a three part series on Aug. 24, Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 here


The Delta Exhibition, since 1958, has continued to heighten the visibility of artists in the Delta region, reflecting shifts in cultural landscape. The Delta, over the recent years, has evolved from the annual juried exhibition hosted by the Arkansas Arts Center into a collaborative virtual series. The newly titled exhibition Delta Voices, was created during the institution’s transformation into the AMFA, made in partnership with regional museums. 


As the Delta evolves, the exhibition is becoming a triennial exhibition which will be in the newly opened AMFA. 


“Just as the Mississippi River has been a force that continually altered the landscape around it, likewise, the art of the Delta has shifted our perception of the region,” Brian J. Lang, the chief curator and Windgate Foundation Curator of Contemporary Craft, said. 


AMFA in this year’s edition of Delta Voices, will present the work of Alvarez and Davis in partnership with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and Walton in partnership with Ogden Museum of Southern Art. 


“There are stories here that can only be told by people from these places. These stories have not always been part of the larger conversation around art, and that is to the detriment of the national dialogue,” Theresa Bembnister, AMFA Curator, said. 


This year’s release will be a three-part exploration of the featured artists’ perspectives on place, content and form. This will explore how the artists’ respective region history and culture have informed their artistic practices, how stories and ideas are expressed in their art and how these ideas take shape through materials. 


Following the release of Delta Voices, AMFA will be hosting connected programming  throughout 2023, with the first Delta Exhibition in its new triennial in 2024. 


“Through the evolution of the Delta Exhibition into a triennial, artists can create new bodies of work that transform each exhibition. AMFA plans to make the Delta even grander in terms of roll-out and programming. As a result of these things, we are better poised to elevate the best work of our region, be its biggest booster and help give it a voice at a national level,” Catherine Walworth, Jackye and Curtis Finch, Jr., Curator of Drawings, said. 


Arkansas Cinema Society will host a screening of Delta Voices: Artists of the Mid-South along with an artist panel discussion on Aug. 31 at the Ron Robinson Theater. Doors for this screening will open at 6 p.m. and the event is free to the public, though reservations are encouraged. 


For more information about the ACS screening, click here


READ ALSO: A Small Town in the Arkansas Delta Continues to be Reborn