Up on the Roof: New Banners for the Roberts Library

In 2009, colorful banners were placed atop the new/renovated building now known as the CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art (known at that time as the Arkansas Studies Institute) in CALS Library Square in downtown Little Rock.

The images on these banners, ranging from an advertisement for Fletcher’s Rose Bud Coffee to a postcard promoting Arkansas as a tourist destination, were chosen to represent different aspects of Arkansas history. The banners faded over the ensuing years and have recently been replaced with posters containing image details of artwork from the Central Arkansas Library System’s permanent art collection; some of these works can be seen in person at our branch libraries.

CALS is proud to promote and support Arkansas artists, both by exhibiting their work and offering a place to sell it.

Come see us at Library Square—and look up!

John Caldwell, Ivory Billed Woodpecker, 1972, detail from the original woodcut on paper.


Adaja Cooper, Ignite Your Imagination, 2021, detail from the original acrylic on canvas painting on view at the CALS Williams Library.


Four-image panel; first two images, left to right: J. T. Sata, Fall Trees at Rohwer Incarceration Camp, ca. 1943, detail from the original acrylic on canvas board; Cresencio Robles, The Fiesta of the Corn of the Five Colors, ca. 2000, detail from the original yarn and beeswax applique on board artwork on view at the CALS Dee Brown Library.


Four-image panel; second two images, left to right: Marlene Gremillion, Argent Allusive Botanic, 2015, detail from the original acrylic on canvas painting on view at Hillcrest Hall; Eric Archibald, CALS Town, 2021, detail from the original digital artwork.

By Colin Thompson, CALS art administrator




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