Welcome! Use this website to learn about an amazing art exhibit featuring the champion trees found in Arkansas forests. Thanks to our generous sponsors listed below, the exhibit is organized to travel around the state (September 2012 – December 2014) so you, your family, your schools, and your community can connect with art, science, and history while enjoying the photography and original drawings of Hot Springs artist Linda W. Palmer.

  • Get to know the artist, the organization that originated the tour, and find out what groups and institutions will host the show.  (See People & Places)
  • Download the List of Work to see exhibit contents.  (See Exhibit Info)
  • See a variety of lesson plans and links available for teachers and families.  (See Education Resources)


Bur Oak

Linda Williams Palmer,  Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
“Father Tree” (felled by a tornado in 2008),
Lonoke County, Keo, Arkansas, 2008.
Colored pencils on paper.

Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey references history and science as well as encourages appreciation for natural resources. It engages people with excellent art work, encourages multi-generational conversations, and inspires further research and study.

The exhibit includes 18 large colored-pencil drawings, small detail drawings of foliage, documentary photographs, and a brochure and 4 text panels that share the artist’s perspective and help connect viewers to the exhibit topic.

The colored pencil drawings in Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey demonstrate the best of the medium, one that is in wide-spread use in Arkansas schools. The artist’s interpretations give evidence of the sophistication that can be appreciated, aspired to, and achieved by artists and art students of all ages.




Arkansas Champion Trees:  an Artist’s Journey is made possible through generous contributions by:

Champion Sponsors

Plum Creek logo Domtar logo
Williams - Palmer Family

Medalist Sponsors

Robyn and John Horn

and by individual donations from those who appreciate the arts, education, and Arkansas’ Champion Trees.



Learn about the "Growing Champion Classrooms" educational component
sponsored by Entergy Arkansas and
the School for Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.



The exhibit is organized for travel by the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts logo Arkansas Arts Council logo