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2013 Small Works on Paper in Lake Village August 20-September 24

August 14, 2013

The 2013 Small Works on Paper, an annual touring visual arts exhibition coordinated by the Arkansas Arts Council, will be on display in Lake Village August 20-Sept. 24. at the Guachoya Cultural Art Center on 1652 Highway 65 and 825 South.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday. An opening reception will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 5. Admission is free.

Now in its 26th year, the annual Small Works on Paper exhibition showcases artwork no larger than 24 x 24 inches by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online art gallery coordinated by the Arts Council. The art will travel to 10 galleries throughout the state in a year-long touring show.

The 2013 show features 37 works, which were selected from more than 300 submissions by juror Anne Austin Pearce, an associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.

Pearce said it was more difficult than she had expected to make the selections. "The works submitted were outstanding. In choosing works, I relied primarily on my guts and my eyes, following not far behind were my sense of both pain and humor. I was especially impressed by the conceptual depths found in these works, as well as the diversity of media."

Pearce selected seven artists 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 selected to receive purchase awards, totaling nearly $2,000, are Victor Chalfant of Fayetteville; Thad Flenniken of Royal; Brittany Madalone of Greenbrier; Ray Ogar of Little Rock; Jason Stark of Osceola; Rachel Trusty of Russellville; and Emily Wood of Little Rock.

To view the complete 2013 touring schedule and the list of the artists whose work was selected, visit www.arkansasarts.com/programs/swop.aspx.

Funding for the Arkansas Arts Council and its programs is provided by the State of Arkansas and The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.