Small Works On Paper


Now in its 35th year, Small Works on Paper is a juried visual art exhibition that showcases 2-D artwork no larger than 18 x 24 inches by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry. The Arkansas Artist Registry is an online gallery showcasing the artwork of Arkansas artists. Membership to the Arkansas Artist Registry is free and open to all Arkansas artists. 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. 

The Small Works on Paper exhibition travels to up to 10 venues throughout the state in a yearlong show, offering Arkansas artists an extraordinary opportunity to showcase their artwork to patrons all over the state. An out-of-state juror selects a maximum of 40 pieces of artwork to tour with the exhibition.

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 works from the Registry for Small Works on Paper. 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.

$15 for one entry, $20 for two entries, or $25 for three entries. The deadline for entry is July 23.

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. Accepted artworks must be at the Arkansas Arts council office by Nov. 12.

The 2022 juror is Ronald Jackson, a visual artist with a focus on portraits and figurative works. Born and raised in Helena, in the Delta region of Arkansas, Jackson now lives and works in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He studied architecture before serving in the U.S. Army. Global travel shaped his life perspective as the military afforded him the experience of living in a number of countries including South Korea, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Iraq and Kuwait. Through his paintings, Jackson seeks to capture intimate settings that function as gateways to ponder the complexities of the human experience and the societies that influence them. He has had work in many solo and group exhibitions, including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas; Art Basel in Miami, Florida; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. His work is part of the permanent collection at Crystal Bridges and the Nerman Museum.   

Please indicate the value of each work submitted. All work is considered for sale unless the artist indicates work is not for sale (NFS). If the artwork is not for sale, please list a monetary value. 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.

For questions, please contact Cheri Leffew at (501) 324-9747.

2021 Small Works on Paper Touring Schedule

The exhibition travels to venues throughout Arkansas in a yearlong show, which offers Arkansas artists an opportunity to showcase their artwork to patrons all over the state and allows Arkansans to see artwork they may not have had the opportunity to see  anywhere else.

 June 3-26
 ARTSpace on Main,
 Pine Bluff

 July 5-Aug. 12
 Arts Center of the Grand Prairie,

Aug. 20-Sept. 27
University of Arkansas at Little Rock,
Little Rock

Oct. 4-22
Arkansas Tech University,

Nov. 2-30
Henderson State University,

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