2017 Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award
Thom Hall, Little Rock


Thom Hall served as museum registrar, special projects coordinator and collections manager for the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock for 40 years. In that position, he oversaw the preservation, storage, and record keeping of more than 20,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and contemporary fine art objects valued at more than $100 million. His knowledge of the collection has been described as “encyclopedic” by those who worked with him. He worked with past directors to grow the collection of the Center, as well as provide valuable support to many private collectors around the state. In addition to his detailed record keeping, he provided technical assistance to artists, gave educational tours of the vaults, and supplied a wealth of knowledge to other Arkansas art institutions. He has also been a college lecturer and instructor. He is also a visual artist and his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and private and public collections throughout the United States. Currently, his retrospective exhibition of 40 pieces of cloisonne’ enamel work is on display at the Arkansas Arts Center.