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Limited Time Exhibitions

The ArcBest Story : A Century of Innovation

The exhibit showcases the history of ArcBest and its "less-than-truckload" carrier ABF Freight, as well as illustrate the company’s innovations in its first century. Since it was founded as a Fort Smith freight hauler in 1923, the company has transformed into a full-scale provider of end-to-end supply chain services designed to help customers solve their logistics challenges.


Today, ArcBest has 10 campuses and over 240 service centers across North America with more than 13,000 employees ready to serve customers around the globe. The company remains headquartered in Fort Smith.


“The ArcBest Story: A Century of Innovation” will be hosted in the Boyd Gallery through late Summer 2020.

Close To Home

The Fort Smith Museum of History is excited to host our newest exhibition, entitled "Close to Home", a series of watercolor and pen and ink drawings by local artist, Galen Hunter.  Originally opening on February 25, the opening reception has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 1 in the Boyd Gallery. 

"Close to Home" is a series of watercolor and pen and ink drawings that captures the mundane structures and landmark architecture that comprise the built environment in and around Fort Smith. The paintings present a snapshot in time and examine how utilitarian and repurposed structures can be viewed in the same way as formal architecture through the patterns of light and shadows cast by the buildings.

The exhibition includes paintings of structures located in areas of town that have declined as the City continued to develop towards the east and away from the City’s origins close to the Arkansas River. Many of these repurposed buildings have signage located on or surrounding the building which adds another level of detail to catch the viewer’s eye. The written word when combined with strong shadow patterns make these structures compelling subjects.

The pieces have been grouped into 5 different sections including Downtown, West (Towson and Wheeler Avenues), Midtown, East and South, and Surrounding Cities.

Galen Hunter is a watercolor painter who lives and works in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Trained as an architect, his paintings focus on buildings, signage, and streetscapes. Many of his paintings depict the ordinary structures such as tire stores and feed mills that form our everyday surroundings. He has studied with Sydney based watercolorist and travel sketcher Liz Steel and Seattle architectural illustrator Stephanie Bower. Previous exhibitions include Ordinary in 2019, a part of the Chancellor’s Coalition for the Visual Arts at the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith.


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