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Small Works on Paper Exhibition Opens Sept. 2 in Forrest City

Arkansas Arts Council - Friday, August 30, 2019

Small Works On Paper, the Arkansas Arts Council's touring exhibition, opens in January 2019.FORREST CITY, AR — The 2019 Small Works on Paper, a touring, visual arts exhibition that showcases the work of Arkansas artists, will open Monday, Sept. 2, at East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Gallery in Forrest City. 

The exhibition will be on display at the gallery until Sept. 27. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday. Admission is free.

The Arkansas Arts Council, which is part of the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, coordinates the annual 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, secretary of the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “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. Bel 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.