Arkansas is home to an artist community that embraces alternative, hybrid, and experimental forms of art. Currently, the state is home to nearly 9,000 artists of all kinds. Many of them work in the diverse world of digital art as illustrators, graphic designers, animators, game designers, freelance artists, and more. A digital artists work may be found in everything from ad campaigns and animated features to art museums and galleries.
While many Arkansas artists live and work in Little Rock, home of the renowned Arkansas Art Center, some also work in smaller cities such as Bentonville, home of Crystal Bridges—one of the regions largest art museums. In addition to a lively artist community and multiple outlets for their artwork, Arkansas is home to several schools that offer programs for aspiring digital artists. Although Little Rock is the state’s largest city, many of the best options for digital artists can be found in small cities such as Arkadelphia and Siloam Springs.
Arkansas Digital Art Schools
Arkansas is home to 50+ accredited colleges and universities, with more than 136,000 students enrolled. More than 100 students attend the state’s top schools for digital artists. Take a look at the schools below to review Arkansas’s best options for aspiring digital artists and what they have to offer.
Henderson State University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Digital Art and Design
John Brown University - Degrees Offered: B. S. Digital Media Arts; Graphic and Web Design
More Digital Arts related programs to consider:
- San Francisco & Online
- Winter Park, FL & Online
Employment and Salary Trends for Arkansas Digital Artists
Arkansas was home to around 7,850 artists in 2002. By 2008, the population had increased to nearly 9,000 artists. The average salary for Arkansas artists overall is $38,810 annually, up from $28,580 in 2002. That said, salaries for digital artists are literally all over the scale. Some digital artists earn between $52,000-$60,000 a year, while others may earn $89,000 all the way up to $129,000+ per year. In addition, salaries for digital artists vary greatly by field. For example, Arkansas animators average $60,780 annually, while graphic designers average $36,580. Illustrators average more than $23,000 and art directors average $58,470.
Nationwide, mean annual wages of artists were $41,660 in 2002. The lowest paid artists earned less than $16,000, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $73,000. By 2010, the mean annual wage for artists was $52,290. The lowest paid artists earned $19,480 and the highest paid artists averaged an impressive $91,770.