The 2017 Small Works on Paper visual art exhibition will open Thursday, July 20, at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. The artwork will be on display through August 26. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Now in its 30th year, Small Works on Paper is a juried visual art exhibition that showcases artwork no larger than 18 x 24 inches by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online gallery showcasing the artwork of Arkansas artists. Thirty-six works are featured in the yearlong show that will travel to 10 galleries throughout the state.
The entries were juried by David Houston, executive director of The Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University’s College of the Arts in Columbus, Ga. Five artists were selected by Houston to receive purchase awards. Purchase award winners receive the cash amount equivalent to the value of their selected works. Funded by entry fees, the purchase award pieces become part of the exhibition's permanent collection.
The artists who received purchase awards are Sandy Barksdale of Cotter, J.P. Bell of Fayetteville, Kristin DeGeorge of Hot Springs, Leah Grant of Arkadelphia, and Daniella Napolitano of Little Rock.
About the Arkansas Arts Council
The Arkansas Arts Council advances the arts in Arkansas by providing services and supporting arts endeavors that encourage and assist literary, performing and visual artists in achieving standards of professional excellence. In addition, the Arkansas Arts Council provides technical and financial assistance to Arkansas arts organizations and other providers of cultural and educational programs.
The Arkansas Arts Council is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Other agencies are the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Old State House Museum. Funding for the Arkansas Arts Council and its programs is provided by the State of Arkansas and the National Endowment for the Arts.