The Arkansas Arts Council is pleased to announce the artists for the 2022 Small Works on Paper touring exhibition with an opening reception Thursday, Jan. 6, at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) at 501 W. Ninth Street in Little Rock.
“This year’s selection of artists for Small Works on Paper represents the diverse talent our state has to offer,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “Arkansans have the opportunity to view artwork from emerging artists and see their talents firsthand as the Small Works on Paper tours communities throughout the state.”

The 2022 Small Works on Paper exhibition will feature 28 artists from across Arkansas and will tour to up to 10 venues statewide. Thirty-nine artworks will be on display during the yearlong tour. Most works will be available for sale.

The exhibition and opening reception are free. The exhibition will run at MTCC through Jan. 28. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

A list of the tour stops for 2022 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 35th year, the exhibition spotlights Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online gallery.

The 2022 Small Works on Paper entries were juried by Ronald Jackson, professional artist based in Fredrickburg, Virginia. Jackson reviewed about 250 submitted artworks to pick out the 39 pieces that are part of the Small Works on Paper exhibition. He 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.

“Small Works on Paper is an annual glimpse into the minds and studios of Arkansas’s best artists, as well as a preview of new artists and their portfolios,” said Patrick Ralston, Arkansas Arts Council director. “Across three decades it has shown us an evolving reflection of art and culture in Arkansas.”

The following artists were selected to participate in the exhibit:

Betsy Brackin Burch, Horseshoe Lake
Brian Cormack, Little Rock
Chris Cranford, Little Rock
Alex DerGazarian, Fayetteville
Margo Duvall, Little Rock
Diana Michelle Hausam, West Fork
Crystal Jennings, Rison
Melissa Lashbrook, Cabot
Sigrid Lorfing, Springdale
Kiaya Luper, Van Buren
Jan Malone, Hot Springs
Dennis McCann, Maumelle
David McRoberts, Sherwood
Mike Means, El Dorado
Rashawn Penister, Pine Bluff
Jason Powers, Ozark
Laura Raborn, Little Rock
David Rackley, Russellville
Lynn Reinbolt, Searcy
Sabine Schmidt, Fayetteville
Derek Slagle, Little Rock
Lam Tze Sheung, Little Rock
Jan Waldon, Bentonville
Equilla Walker, Little Rock
Cathy Wester, Conway
Steven Wise, Rogers
Anna Zusman, Magnolia

About the Arkansas Arts Council 
The Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of Arkansas Heritage, 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.

Arkansas Heritage
Arkansas Heritage was created in 1975. There are eight agencies with unique heritage focuses under the umbrella of this division: Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives. Jimmy Bryant serves as director of the division while Stacy Hurst is the secretary of the Department of Arkansas Parks, Heritage and Tourism.