ARTSpace on Main and ART WORKS on Main at Pine Bluff receive honors

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The ARTSpace on Main and ART WORKS on Main in downtown Pine Bluff were recently recognized for their architectural design and adaptive reuse. (Image source: CSA)
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ARTSpace on Main and ART WORKS on Main have been recognized by the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Preserve Arkansas. The facilities are the new community arts and event spaces in downtown Pine Bluff. Projects of the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC), the renovated buildings opened to the public this summer.

According to an ASC press release, ARTSpace and ART WORKS received a Merit Award at the 2021 AIA Arkansas Design Awards which were presented on October 21 in Hot Springs. The facilities were also selected to receive the 2021 Outstanding Achievement in Adaptive Reuse Award from Preserve Arkansas. The award will be presented in a ceremony on Jan. 28, 2022 at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.

Earlier this year, the buildings received a Bronze Award for Adaptive Reuse from the South Central Chapter of the American Society of Interior Design. The honors were part of the chapter’s 2021 Design Excellence Awards.

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The ARTSpace, at 623 S. Main St., and ART WORKS, at 627 S. Main St., complement ASC’s main building at 701 S. Main St. The three facilities comprise the campus and the “ARTx3” initiative from CSA.

“The Arts & Science Center is thrilled to receive such recognition from AIA Arkansas and Preserve Arkansas for the ARTx3 project,” said ASC Executive Director Dr. Rachel Miller. “It was a real labor of love. These awards are also recognition of the progressive and creative efforts of the Pine Bluff community to diversify the creative economy and create vibrant spaces that foster opportunities to engage the entire community through the arts.

AMR Architects of Little Rock led the design of the buildings, in collaboration with designLAB architects of Boston. East Harding Construction of Little Rock oversaw the construction and renovation of the century-old buildings.

ARTSpace and ART WORKS were made possible by grants from the Windgate Foundation, the Kline Family Foundation, and donations to the Adam B. Robinson Jr. Endowment Fund.

ART WORKS on Main is home to the 65-seat Adam B. Robinson Black Box Theater. (Image source: CSA)

Facilities include the Windgate Community Gallery (the only commercial gallery in Pine Bluff); the Kline Family Foundation Events Gallery; the Adam B. Robinson Black Box Theatre; the Loft Gallery; and The ART Yard for outdoor events. Five apartments and accompanying studios are available for guest artists. Additional functional spaces include a large workshop for lessons and stage construction; a costume shop; a computer lab; and offices. The Pine Bluff Publicity and Promotions Commission and the Explore Pine Bluff office moved into The ARTSpace earlier this year. Together, the buildings offer just over 22,000 square feet of space.

For more information on The ARTSpace and ART WORKS, visit the ASC website website.

About CSA

CSA’s main facility is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday.

The center is located at 701 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff.

Admission to the gallery is free.

For more information about the center, visit CSA website or contact the center by calling 870-536-3375.

Christopher S. Washington