“Clintons and Kennedys” features the expressionist paintings of Hot Springs artist Tansill Stough. The collection was inspired by the loss of her father and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. As she cathartically worked through her grief and loss, she felt others would emotionally connect to the story of JFK’s life and the people he left behind.
According to Clinton House Museum Director Kate Johnson, May is Arkansas Heritage Month and this year’s focus is on art so working with an artist and a gallery seemed like a natural fit.“
Given the continually increasing focus and influence of art in Northwest Arkansas, Heritage Month provided an amazing opportunity to join the rest of the state by honoring Arkansas artists and their many talents,” she said“Collaborating with other entities to showcase and strengthen our sense of community is a key focus of the Museum’s vision and also something in which I have a passion for. The Underground has become not only a cornerstone of the Square, but of the city as well. By partnering with the gallery, we can reach an even wider audience to share these inspirational stories about two American families and their influence and image.”
Stough approached the CHM after being encouraged by Fayetteville Visitor’s Center Manager Martin Tuller. Upon seeing the famous photo of a young Clinton’s meeting President Kennedy hanging in the museum, Stough told Johnson about the series she had painted of the Kennedys including one piece of that encounter. She expressed a desire to donate the painting to the Museum’s permanent collection and planned to complete two other pieces - a portrait of Hillary Clinton’s visit to the Museum and another of Secretary Clinton and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Johnson suggested curating an exhibition of the works to feature at the Museum and Stough agreed. After the initial exhibits, the paintings of Bill and JFK, Hillary and Jackie, and Hillary’s visit will remain as part of the Museum permanent display.
Tansill Stough received a B.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in drawing. Her work is shown in various galleries across the state, and can be found in private and corporate collections including the Rockefeller Foundation, Morris Foundation, and on permanent display at the Clinton House Museum in Fayetteville, AR. She is a member of The Oil Painters of America and lives in Hot Springs, where she is a full-time artist and instructor.
The Fayetteville Underground Art Gallery promotes the visual arts in Northwest Arkansas by actively collaborating with the community, supporting area artists working to the highest standards, and encouraging education and public engagement in the arts. Located on the southeast corner of the Historic Downtown Fayetteville Square, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am – 7pm and Sunday 12-5pm.
Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham were married in the living room of their quaint English-Tudor bungalow in 1975. Now the Clinton House Museum, the home is listed on the National Historic Registry of Places and open Monday through Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm. Learn about the Clintons’ early lives before entering in the public spotlight, and explore the First Ladies Garden, featuring the favorite flowers of all the First Ladies from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. The Clinton House museum is located at 930 W. Clinton Dr. (formerly California Blvd.) in Fayetteville, Arkansas. For more information please contact Kate Johnson, Clinton House Museum Curator at 479-444-0066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.