The 2021 Small Works on Paper, an annual traveling visual arts exhibition showcasing the work of Arkansas artists, will open at 10 a.m. on June 3 at ARTSpace on Main at 623 S. Main St. The gallery is a branch of the Arts & Science Center in Southeast Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
The visual arts exhibition will run from June 3 to 26. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. No opening reception is planned, according to a press release.
Twenty-six artists were selected to participate in the exhibition: Kimiara L. Johnson of Pine Bluff; Crystal Jennings of Rison; Tony Baker of Little Rock; Win Bruhl from Little Rock; Ian Scott Campbell of Batesville; Gary Cawood of Little Rock; Susan Baker Chambers of Little Rock; Kinya Christian of Springdale; Taylor Dolan of Fayetteville; Laura Fanning of Little Rock; Terra Fondriest of St. Joe; Ike Garlington of Little Rock; Neal Harrington of Russellville; Tammy Harrington of Russellville; Diana Michelle Hausam of West Fork; Stephen Koch of Little Rock; Pat Langewis of the village of Hot Springs; Sandra Marson of Jacksonville; Dennis McCann of Maumelle; Moises Menendez from Magnolia; Cindy Momchilov of Little Rock; Eloa Jane Pereira from Fayetteville; David Rackley of Russellville; Lynn Reinbolt of Searcy; Kendall Schulz of Bentonville; and Gary Simmons of Hot Springs.
“We are thrilled to be able to recognize the wonderful and diverse talent of visual artists from across Arkansas,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “Small Works on Paper features artists from all corners of our state and gives art lovers the chance to discover emerging artists and experience unique works of art they might never see otherwise.”
The Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of Arkansas Heritage, coordinates the exhibit and makes it available to eligible galleries in the state. The 2021 exhibit kicked off in January at East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City.
The 2021 Small Works on Paper exhibit will visit up to 10 locations statewide. Thirty-eight works of art will be on display during the one-year tour. Most of the works will be available for sale.
Small Works on Paper is a visual art exhibit that features works of art no larger than 18 x 24 inches. Now in its 34th year, the exhibit highlights Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online gallery.
The 2021 Small Works on Paper nominations were submitted to the jury of Judy Ledgerwood, a professional artist and recently retired professor in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Ledgerwood examined approximately 200 submitted artwork to select the 38 pieces that are part of the Small Works on Paper exhibit. She also selected works to receive purchase prizes, which are cash prizes equivalent to the value of the works. Purchase Reward Coins are part of the Small Works on Paper permanent collection.
“Small Works on Paper 2021 will be an experience no Arkansan wants to miss. In 2020, Arkansas artists submitted an array of works that capture the emotions, hopes and fears of 2020,” said Patrick Ralston, director of the Arkansas Arts Council. “Artists are a vital resource for Arkansas, and they are an important part of our state’s vision, heritage, culture and economy.”
For more details on Small Works on Paper, contact Cheri Leffew, Special Events-Projects Manager, at (501) 324-9767 or [email protected]