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The judging is complete. The lineup is set. A big announcement is coming.

Our esteemed panel of judges for Art in its Natural State (AiiNS) finished their work last month, and we have secured agreements with the 10 winning artists whose impressive work will grace the grounds of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and Petit Jean State Park beginning this spring.

As a recap, AiiNS is an exhibtion of public, outdoor, temporary art installations that will be on display here on Petit Jean Mountain for one year. A call for entries went out in February, and judging took place during September and October. Our panel of judges hailed from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Arkansas Arts Center, the Arkansas Arts Council, the art departments of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, UA-Fort Smith and UA-Little Rock, plus the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

As for the art itself, we're keeping things a bit under wraps for now, but we plan to make a big announcement in January to introduce the artists. We can tell you that they hail from all across the South, with four artists from Arkansas, three from Missouri and one each from Texas, Tennessee and Florida.

Each artist will receive a $5,000 stipend to help cover the cost of constructing and transporting their art.

Be sure and reserve Saturday, April 28, on your calendar. That's when we plan to unveil the exhibition. Once we get past the New Year, we'll give you more details on the unveiling.

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