Public Art

 Hot Springs is home to a growing collection of notable public art. From murals celebrating Hot Springs’ rich history, attractions, and culture, to its sculpture garden, permanent and temporary exhibits at the Hot Springs’ Convention Center, and more, the spa city serves as a stunning backdrop for creative expression.

Hot Springs Convention Center and Bank OZK Arena Collection and Exhibitions
The Hot Springs Convention Center and Bank OZK Arena is home to an impressive display of paintings and sculpture in its permanent collection for visitors to enjoy. Already acclaimed as one of the finest and most comprehensive art collections in any public facility in the region, the collection is also showcased on a new Internet web page that is open to anyone who is interested. The art can be seen at https://www.artworkarchive.com/profile/visithotsprings.
 
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Hot Springs has a wide array of public sculptures ranging from traditional to experimental styles and mediums.
 
Link to Hot Springs Public Art: https://www.cityhs.net/687/Public-Art-Sculpture
 

Additional sculpture in the city not yet listed on the above link:

“Synchronous” by Randy M. Olson, acquired in 2010, located at front of Exchange Street Parking Plaza

“Catching the Wind” by Gregory Johnson, acquired in 2010, located at the front of fountain, Exchange Street Parking Plaza

“Peace” by Longhua Xu, acquired in 2002, located at back of fountain, Exchange Street Parking Plaza

“Equator” by Jeanfo, acquired in 1984, located on Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail at the Sponsor’s Plaza between Grand Ave and Maurice St

“Indian and Maiden” by John Mark and Nikki Baker, acquired in 2017, located on Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail near Runyon Street

“The Bird Feeder” by John Mark and Nikki Baker, donated in 2017, located on Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail near Runyon by Butterfly Garden

“Lovers/Fighters” by John Mark and Nikki Baker, donated in 2016, located on Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail near Belding St

“Running in Circles” by John Mark and Nikki Baker, acquired in 2016, located on Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail near Hollywood Ave

Two unnamed sculptures were donated by Carolyn Taylor in 2019 and they are located on the Friendship Trail near the low water bridge

A piece funded by the Garland County Master Gardeners was donated to the city in 2019 and is located on HSCGT near the Railroad Trestle

“Yellow Bird” is by Darren Nolan. “Early Sunrise” and “Man and Nature” are by Cunningham located on Convention Blvd., all acquired in 2000

 
Murals
Hot Springs has added stunning new murals to its historic downtown over the past few years. Current highlights include:
 
Quapaw Indian Mural by Pepe Gaka (Giuseppe Percivati)
Commissioned by the National Park Rotary Club, the Quapaw Indian mural is based on a painting by Charles Banks Wilson that was adapted as a mural by Pepe Gaka. Recognizing the history of Native Americans in the area, the mural was dedicated on October 18, 2017.

Historic Baseball Mural by Eyecon Studio artists: Chris Arnold and Jeff Garrison

The Historic Baseball custom mural is entitled, “Playing Cards.” The image is a whimsical look back at the nostalgic players that make up the Hot Springs Baseball Trail doing what they do best, set into a bold graphic contemporary context. The diverse historical figures represented by their own iconic baseball cards include, Babe Ruth, Tour #11; Tell Ott, Tour #7; “Smoky” Joe Wood; Joackie Robinson, Tour #21; and Walter Johnson, Tour #16. The mural was created by Eyecon Studio artists: Chris Arnold and Jeff Garrison.

“Black Broadway” mural, located on the corner of Malvern and Church Streets, celebrates the history and culture of the Malvern Avenue region between Grand Avenue and Convention Boulevard which was referred to by some as ‘Black Broadway’ because of the celebrities and performers who once frequented the streets of the Spa City.  “Black Broadway 2” is located near the corner of Malvern and Grand Avenue  was inspired by the accomplished African American citizens of Hot Springs who lived and worked her.


Hot Springs artist Rayshaun McNary created his first mural on the side of the historic Webb Center located on the corner of Pleasant Street and Gulpha Street.


America Carillo created this colorful mural in 2018 on the wall of the Hot Spring Alligator Farm on Whittington Avenue.

Painted in 2017 by Kansas City, Missouri artist Phil (Sike Style) Shafer is located on the side of Emergent Arts at 341 Whittington Avenue

While you are on Whittington Avenue, don’t miss this colorful mural painted by Zach Dryden, the third generation potter at Dryden Pottery.

“Verna’s Dream” a mural celebrating the beauty of Garvan Gardens painted in 2018 by international mural artist Pepe Gaka.

Celebrating children’s creativity, this mural is on Cutwell 4 Kids building located on the corner of Silver Street and Mellersch Street. Pepe Gaka worked alongside the young artists and Cutwell 4 Kids founder to create this mural in 2019.