In addition to hosting fine art exhibitions, the museum is host to a range of activities for people of all ages:
Textile & Quilt Show
This is a non-juried show open to all textile artists held annually in January; check calendar for dates Cash awards and ribbons will be given in the Adult Division for the Best of Show; the top winner of the Youth Division will be awarded the Carrie A. Warren-Gentry Youth Talent in Textile Arts Memorial Award. Both divisions will also award multiple place winners, with the possibility of special merit awards. Both divisions are eligible for a singular People’s Choice award.
High School Art Show
This is a non-juried show open to all high school-aged artists held annually in February; check calendar for dates. Cash awards and ribbons will be given for Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, and Third Place entries; Honorable Mentions, Special Merit and People’s Choice receive a ribbon.
Digital Art Show
This is a non-juried show open to all artists. Cash awards and ribbons will be given for Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, and Third Place entries. The People’s Choice entry gets a ribbon. Check calendar for dates.
Spring Art Show
This is a non-juried show open to all artists held every year. Cash awards and ribbons will be given for Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, and Third Place entries. The People’s Choice entry gets a ribbon. Check calendar for dates.
This is a non-juried show open to all photographers held in May every year. There will be a Color category and a B&W category. Cash awards and ribbons will be given for The Best of Show and 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places.
Ozarks Heritage Show: The Broadfoot Collection on Display
This exhibition is held in June every year in conjunction with the Old-Time Music & Ozark Heritage festival held in West Plains, MO. It is the annual display of the entire Broadfoot Collection, the rare originals gifted to the museum by the artist’s family, as well as exhibits featuring artifacts from early Ozarks residents.
Welcome to the Wilderness: The History of Hunting, Fishing, & Trapping in the Pioneer Ozarks
This exhibition, held in August, displays many of the museum’s Native American & early pioneer settler artifacts along with items on loan from private collections
44th Annual Fall Art Show
Artists from the Ozarks region are invited to submit paintings for this important juried art show, held. Prizes will include but are not limited to awarding the overall Best of Show and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention Prizes; there will also be Memorial Awards, Purchase Awards, Artistic Encouragement Awards, and a People’s Choice Award. Cash awards and Purchase awards from the public may be donated and given to certain entries. On display September 19th – October 13th.
FRIENDS ~ Creative Bond, Lifetime Journey ~ The Artwork of Sheila Donley & Vicki Lamb – October 17th – November 3rd, 2019
Come see the artwork of these two talented artists out of Cherokee Village, Arkansas. Sheila Donley, the former president of the Arts Center of North Arkansas, has been a painter for years and prefers realism; she is also well-known for her quick-paint method of dyeing silk scarves. Vicki Lamb has an MA in oils & acrylics and is more of an impressionist painter. She and her husband, Darryl, who is a metal sculptor, are dedicated artists that have traveled the world and have a passion for interpreting it through the creation of art.
Soldiers of the Ozarks: A Military Honors Exhibit – November 7th – December 1st, 2019
This exhibit, new in 2019, will be honoring the many Ozark residents of the past and present who have served as soldiers in the military. The focus of the exhibit for 2019 will be the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I and the history of the American Legion in the Ozarks, who also celebrate their centennial anniversary in 2019. On display November 7th – December 1st, 2019.
Historic Railways of the Ozarks & Model Train Village Exhibit – December 5th – 29th (see calendar for dates)
This fantastic exhibit is a feast for the eyes with an expansive working tabletop railway set in a tiny winter-themed village, as well as historical displays telling the story of the railway in the Ozarks and how its construction made a boomtown out of West Plains and the surrounding area. The perfect wintertime indoor exhibit to bring the kids!!! On display December 5th – 30th (open every day between December 19th – 30th; except December 25th).