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Small Works on Paper Exhibition Opens July 15 in Fort Smith

Arkansas Arts Council - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

FORT SMITH, AR — The 2019 Small Works on Paper, an annual touring visual arts exhibition showcasing the work of Arkansas artists, will open Monday, July 15, at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith at 5210 Grand Ave. 

The visual arts exhibition will be on display from July 15 to Aug. 31 at the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center’s art gallery, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free.

The Arkansas Arts Council, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, coordinates the exhibition and makes it available for loan to qualifying galleries around the state.

“Small Works on Paper provides Arkansas artists with a wonderful opportunity to have their artwork displayed at multiple locations around the state,” said Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. “Likewise, patrons and students statewide have the opportunity to see Arkansas’s established and up-and-coming contemporary artists. For more than 30 years, the touring exhibition has showcased a variety of subject matter, styles and techniques. That holds true for this year’s exhibition. You’re sure to find something that captures your interest!”

Small Works on Paper is a juried exhibition that showcases Arkansans’ artwork that is no larger than 18 by 24 inches. Thirty-nine pieces are featured in this year’s show, which travels to nine galleries statewide. The touring schedule is available at arkansasarts.org.

Artists in the show are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online gallery of Arkansas artists’ work. Artwork was chosen by Robin Dru Germany, professor of photography and associate director at the School of Art at Texas Tech University. Germany reviewed 354 submissions to pick the art in the 2019 exhibition. Germany also selected three artists for the following awards:

  • Best of Show $500 Award recipient: Markeith Woods of Pine Bluff, mixed media, “Do You Remember What I Worked For? “
  • Juror’s Choice $300 award recipient: Daniella Napolitano of Little Rock, linocut, “Curia Regis”
  • Merit Award $200 recipient: J.P. Bell of Fayetteville, digital photograph, Repair of No. 2”

For more information on Small Works on Paper, contact Cheri Leffew at 501-324-9767 or cheri.leffew@arkansas.gov.