The National Drawing Invitational continues the Arkansas Arts Center's commitment to collect and exhibit drawings of all periods. The Arkansas Arts Center began its collection of drawings in 1971 when AAC Director and Chief Curator Townsend Wolfe purchased Willem de Kooning and Andrew Wyeth works on paper. Today the drawing collection includes over 5,000 sheets. In 1986, Wolfe created the first National Drawing Invitational to further advance the Arts Center's commitment to collect and exhibit drawings and to focus on living American artists and their work. Guest Curator Charlotta Kotik puts together an exhibition that features drawings by four New York artists whose work borders on obsession.