Fayetteville photographer Andrew Kilgore to share insights during three events at Walton Arts Center

Andrew Kilgore (Courtesy Walton Arts Center)

Fans of longtime Fayetteville photographer Andrew Kilgore have several opportunities to learn more about his work during a series of events scheduled this week at the Walton Arts Center.

The center’s Joy Pratt Markham Gallery is currently exhibiting 100 portraits of Arkansans, taken by Kilgore. The works are on display in the gallery through Sunday, March 19.

Two gallery walkthroughs are planned in which Kilgore will guide visitors through the gallery and answer questions. The walkthroughs will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 2. While entry is free, reservations are required, and can be made online.

In addition to the walkthroughs, the arts center will host a creative conversation with Kilgore at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 10 in the Walker Atrium. During the event, Kilgore will discuss his career and his advocacy for the “unseen, different, misunderstood, and marginalized” members of society. Like the walkthroughs, the conversation event is also free and open to the public, but tickets are required and can be reserved online.

Throughout his career, which spans over 50 years, Kilgore has taken over 750,000 images, capturing the diversity and underrepresented communities of Arkansas. For his contributions to the arts, Kilgore will be honored with the 2023 Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in March at a ceremony in Little Rock.

The exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with framing donated by Aaron Randall of Frame Fayetteville. The exhibition’s underwriters are Hershey and Denise Garner.

An image by Andrew Kilgore from his “Sunrise, 1970” collection which features photographs of blind, developmentally disabled children in Austin, Texas. (Andrew Kilgore/Courtesy Walton Arts Center)
An image by Andrew Kilgore from his “Fayetteville Townfolk, 1976 – 1981” collection. (Andrew Kilgore/Courtesy Walton Arts Center)
An image of President Bill Clinton by Andrew Kilgore from his “Arkansas People, 1986-1987” collection. (Andrew Kilgore/Courtesy Walton Arts Center)