The 2019 Small Works on Paper, an annual touring visual arts exhibition showcasing the work of Arkansas artists, will open Monday, Nov. 11, at the University of Arkansas at Hope.

The exhibition will be on display until Nov. 22, at Hempstead Hall in the upper lobby, which is open from 8AM to 3PM Monday through Friday.

“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!”

The Arkansas Arts Council, a division of Arkansas Heritage, coordinates the exhibition and makes it available for loan to qualifying galleries around the state. This is the last time the 2019 exhibition will be shown. The 2020 exhibition will kick off with new artwork in January.

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

Artists in the show are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online gallery of Arkansas artists’ work. This year, 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. Area artist, Matt Kaye of Camden, has artwork included in the 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.