The new Arts Center

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It's four years off, but worth the wait. The gods have smiled on the Arkansas Art Center. Its original structure, the Museum of Fine Arts, got a commanding two-story Art Deco entrance thanks to WPA artists and federal grants. In the 1960s, the Arts Center got Winthrop and Jeannette Rockefeller. In 2000, it opened its newest wing, thanks to Townsend Wolfe's successful wheedling from donors like Jackson T. Stephens. Now it's got two geniuses, of the MacArthur Fellowship variety, to make a whole of its nine construction stages and glommed-on architectural scheme. They see a smoothed-out floorplan with an organic whoosh of pleated roofing with clerestory windows along the facility's north-south axis, extending out...

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The new Arts Center

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