16. Diane Harper of Little Rock
17. Neal Harrington of Russellville
18. Jeri Hillis of Hot Springs
19. Jeff Horton of Little Rock
20. Cary Jenkins of Little Rock
21. Matt Kaye of Camden
22. Evan Lindquist of Jonesboro
23. Dennis McCann of Maumelle
24. Glenda L. McCune of Little Rock
25. Dewana McIntosh of Smithville
26. David McRoberts of Sherwood
27. Mike Means of El Dorado
28. Jessica Medeiros of Van Buren
29. Jessica Mongeon of Ozark
30. Daniella Napolitano of Little Rock
31. Cary Smith of Little Rock
32. Stacy Spangler of Fayetteville
33. Richard Stephens of Hot Springs
34. Shirley Tipton of Hot Springs
35. Melissa Wilkinson of West Memphis
36. Markeith Woods of Pine Bluff
37. Anna Zusman of Magnolia
Robin Dru Germany, professor of photography and interim director of the School of Art at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, served as this year’s juror.
“In selecting the exhibition, I looked for works that highlight the artist’s engagement with the process of making art,” she explained in her juror's statement. “I am drawn to works that I feel are authentic, genuine and personal. Uniqueness is less important than evidence that the artist is continually exploring, perhaps seeking the answer to a question. Sometimes the question may begin as a technical query, or as a conceptual one, but I seek work that seems to be part of a process of figuring something out. I use the word ‘process’ because I value artworks that defy an ending and instead propose a beginning, opening the door to a larger consideration of the subject or concept. I perceive artmaking as a continuum, where selected pieces represent the best of a particular moment. Consequently, my choices are not based on medium (though as a photographer, I could have picked only photographs), nor are they based on subject or approach. Rather, they are grounded in a sense of the artist’s commitment to learning through their work, and allowing the activity of artmaking to reveal to them fundamental truths about their lives.
“I feel strongly that every work in this exhibition demonstrates an indelible connection to the complex communication that is art.”
Small Works on Paper originated in 1986 with a temporary exhibition at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. It launched as a touring exhibition in 1988. The exhibition was coordinated by the Arkansas Artist Registry at UALR until the registry became a program of the Arkansas Arts Council in 1995.
The Arts & Science Center first hosted Small Works on Paper in 1995, with 2019 marking the exhibition’s 17th stop at ASC.
Small Works on Paper is on display in the International Paper Gallery until Saturday, January 26. After that, it moves on to the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Taylor Library. See the touring schedule for a complete list of 2019 venues and dates.