The Selection Process

Each year, the Arkansas Arts Council invites members of the Arkansas Artist Registry to submit 2-D artwork to be considered for Small Works on Paper. An out-of-state juror selects a maximum of 40 pieces. Current Arkansas Arts Council advisory board members, staff of the Department of Arkansas Parks, Heritage and Tourism and members of their immediate families are not eligible. For more information, please contact Cheri Leffew.

Entry Requirements


SWOP is open to current members of the Arkansas Artist Registry. (Non-members submitting an entry are required to join the Registry at time of entry. 


The Arkansas Artist Registry is free and open to all visual artists who are Arkansas residents ages 18 and up. It is a unique and valuable online visual arts resource designed to promote and market Arkansas art. Every year, an out-of-state juror selects the works. A maximum of 40 works may be selected.



Up to $2,000 will be available for juror selected awards. Selected works will become part of the SWOP permanent collection.


$10 for one entry, $20 for two entries, or $25 for three entries.


All work must be original, on paper, and completed within the last two years. Eligible mediums include painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and collage. No reproductions or copies will be accepted. Artwork created by using reference material must be significantly different from its source.

Dimensions of actual work can be any size, but if work is accepted, it must be matted or mounted and fit within a frame of one of the following sizes: 18" x 18" or 18" x 24" (H x W or W x H). Matted or mounted work, plus backing board, must not exceed 1/2 inch thickness to fit in frames. Frames will be provided by the Arkansas Arts Council for accepted artwork. Artwork may be refused if the digital image is not an accurate representation of work. Host locations reserve the right to determine the number of works shown and layout of the exhibition at their local sites. Some locations may not display the entire exhibition. Artwork may be shipped or hand-delivered.


Please indicate the value of each work submitted. All work is considered for sale unless the artist indicates work is not for sale (NFS). Commissions are not taken on sales. LIABILITY Reasonable care will be exercised in handling the artwork. Artists may wish to provide their own insurance.


All artists will be notified regarding the status of their entries in the fall.


Contact Cheri Leffew with questions about entry procedures or the Small Works on Paper exhibition.

(Featured image: "Summer Porch #2" by Susan Chambers)