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The 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
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
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@example.com.
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. Other agencies are the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Old State House Museum. Funding for the Arkansas Arts Council and its programs is provided by the State of Arkansas and the National Endowment for the Arts. Arkansas Heritage is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.