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Arkansas Arts Council Announces 2021 Small Works on Paper

Arkansas Arts Council - Thursday, December 17, 2020

2021 Small Works on PaperThe Arkansas Arts Council is pleased to announce the artists for the 2021 Small Works on Paper touring exhibition, which will open at the East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City in January. A virtual grand opening will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, on the Arkansas Arts Council’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

“We are excited to be able to recognize the wonderful and diverse talent of visual artists throughout Arkansas,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “Small Works on Paper showcases artists from every corner of our state and gives art lovers the opportunity to discover emerging artists and experience one-of-a-kind artworks they may otherwise never see.”

The 2021 Small Works on Paper exhibition will feature 26 artists from across Arkansas and will tour to up to 10 venues statewide. Thirty-eight artworks will be on display during the yearlong tour. Most works will be available for sale.

The exhibition will open on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at East Arkansas Community College at 1700 Newcastle Road in Forrest City. The exhibition and online opening reception are free. The exhibition will run through Jan. 28. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A list of the tour stops for 2021 is available at www.arkansasarts.org.

Small Works on Paper is a juried visual art exhibition that showcases artwork no larger than 18-by-24 inches. Now in its 34th year, the exhibition spotlights Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online gallery.

The 2021 Small Works on Paper entries were juried by Judy Ledgerwood, professional artist and recently retired Professor in the Arts in the department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Ledgerwood reviewed about 200 submitted artworks to pick out the 38 pieces that are part of the Small Works on Paper exhibition. She also selected works to receive purchase awards, which are cash prizes equivalent to the value of the artworks. Purchase award pieces become part of the Small Works on Paper permanent collection.

“The 2021 Small Works on Paper will be an experience no Arkansan will want to miss. In 2020, Arkansas artists submitted an array of works that capture the emotions, hopes and fears, of 2020,” said Patrick Ralston, Arkansas Arts Council director. “Artists are a vital resource for Arkansas, and they are an important component of our state’s vision, heritage, culture and economy.”

The following artists were selected to participate in the exhibit:

Tony Baker, of Little Rock

Win Bruhl, of 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

Crystal Jennings, of Rison

Kimiara L. Johnson, of Pine Bluff

Stephen Koch, of Little Rock

Pat Langewis, of Hot Springs Village

Sandra Marson, of Jacksonville

Dennis McCann, of Maumelle

Moises Menendez, of Magnolia

Cindy Momchilov, of Little Rock

Eloa Jane Pereira,of Fayetteville

David Rackley, of Russellville

Lynn Reinbolt, of Searcy

Kendall Schulz, of Bentonville

Gary Simmons, of Hot Springs

For more information about Small Works on Paper, contact Cheri Leffew, special events-projects manager, at 501-324-9767 or at [email protected]. Discussion about the upcoming Small Works on Paper opening reception and the livestream event will be available on Facebook.