Art with a Voice: The Unique Stories Behind Art in Central Arkansas

May 10, 2024 - June 30, 2024


Do you own a piece of art that has a meaningful story associated with it?

We want to hear your story and exhibit the work from your collection! This Norman Rockwell painting hangs in a Little Rock family’s home, and their connection to it is a personal one. Its combination of art and story provides the inspiration for Art with a Voice: The Unique Stories Behind Art in Central Arkansas, an upcoming fall exhibition from the Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College (WMA).

The WMA is currently seeking works of art that have a special story behind them to include in this juried show. If you live in central Arkansas and have a work of fine art or craft you wish to be considered, please read the story behind “Wednesday Morning at Peggy Best Studio,” by Norman Rockwell for inspiration and use the link below to access the submission form.

• Artwork should not be made by the collector.

• All mediums of art are accepted for consideration.

• Artwork must have a good story behind it.

THE STORY BEHIND “Wednesday Morning at Peggy Best Studio:

My grandfather and artist, Bill Schultz, became friends with Norman Rockwell around 1960. They frequently painted at Peggy Best’s studio in Stockbridge, MA. During one of these sessions in 1961, Rockwell called Bill over so he could see Rockwell’s sketch, which was of Bill painting a portrait of a female subject. At the end of the sketch Rockwell called Bill over and gave him his finished piece, aptly titled “Wednesday Morning at Peggy Best Studio.” 

Bill, I said I would not sell you this sketch. But I want to give it to you.”

Norman Rockwell

Here is a word for word description of the event in A Canvas Full of Miracles-An Easel Full of Love: The Life of Impressionist Artist William J. “Bill” Schultz

“As earlier noted, Norman Rockwell and Bill Schultz painted at the same time from Peggy Worthington Best in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. During a break in one of the sessions, Rockwell called Bill to look at the sketch on his easel. Bill easily recognized himself standing at his own easel, painting a picture of the model. Rockwell however had created a ‘typical Rockwell scene’, depicting the entire class at work. Bill asked Rockwell if he might buy the sketch. Rockwell said, ‘No Bill, I would not sell you this sketch.’ At the end of the session however, Rockwell called Bill again and stated, ‘Bill, I said I would not sell you this sketch. But I want to give it to you.’ “


Exhibition Dates – August 16 through December 13, 2024

Opening Reception – August 23, 2024, 5-7 p.m.

Art Proposal Submission Form Deadline – June 30, 2024

Art Delivery Deadline for Accepted Works – August 2, 2024



Christian Cutler, Director,, 501-328-2384

Amanda Cheatham, Registrar,, 501-328-2383