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LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Arts Center, the state's leader in international, visual, and performing arts, is proud to announce it has received a spectacular gift from Norma B. Marin of 290 watercolors and drawings by the great American modern artist John Marin (1870 – 1953).

"This is a very important gift to the Arkansas Arts Center and reinforces our long-standing commitment to the collection, preservation, and display of works on paper," said Arkansas Arts Center executive director Todd Herman, Ph.D. "This large group of Marin drawings and watercolors adds great depth to an already strong collection of drawings by American and European modern artists. We are grateful to Norma Marin and the estate for entrusting these works to the Arkansas Arts Center."

Marin is best known for his luminous watercolors of urban structures, landscapes, and seascapes. Norma Marin, who administers the artist's estate, is the widow of John Marin, Jr., the artist's son. This gift, together with several works by the artist already in the collection, establishes the Arkansas Arts Center as the second largest repository of works by John Marin in the world. The Arts Center's collection is surpassed only by that of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

"I am thrilled that this collection of my father-in-law's watercolors and drawings is going to the Arkansas Arts Center, where it will give people a deeper understanding of his work," said Norma Marin. "The Arts Center has a long history of collecting and exhibiting great American works on paper on paper, so I feel like we've found the perfect home for them."

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