The Collectors Show & Sale was first organized in 1968 by Arkansas Arts Center Director and Chief Curator Townsend Wolfe. The purpose of the exhibition then was to encourage local collecting, acquaint Arkansas Arts Center visitors with works from New York galleries and promote the drawing media. Through the years the exhibition has evolved to an annual tradition that brings the New York Gallery scene to Little Rock. Executive Director Todd Herman and curators select the best in drawings and contemporary craft from over 20 New York galleries. The exhibition includes works in a variety of media that range from 18th century masterworks to contemporary pieces by emerging artists. The unique and varied selection of works allows seasoned buyers to add to their collections, while introducing potential new collectors to the field.