Small Works On Paper


Now in its 37th year, Small Works on Paper is a juried visual art exhibition that showcases 2D artwork no larger than 18 x 24 inches by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry.

The Arkansas Artist Registry is a free service provided to the visual arts community. Membership to the Arkansas Artist Registry is free and open to all Arkansas artists. 

The Small Works on Paper exhibition travels to up to 10 venues throughout the state in a yearlong show and offers 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.

Submissions are closed, they will reopen May 2024.

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 an excellent tool for visual artists who would like a web presence, and for arts enthusiasts and supporters to discover the rich variety of visual artists in Arkansas. Artist Registry members receive our e-newsletter and e-blasts as well as information about workshops, competitions, calls for entry and other postings. 

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. Submissions will reopen in the summer of 2024.

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. Every year, an out-of-state juror selects artwork for Samll Works on Paper. A maximum of 40 works may be selected. Accepted artworks must be at the Arkansas Arts council office by Nov. 17.

This year's juror is Laura Blereau, curator of exhibitions at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University. As part of her work, Blereau creates projects that highlight women artists and socially engaged art practices. She has over 20 years of experience working with artists, galleries and museums, and she writes frequently about contemporary art. A participant in the Curatorial Intensive Program at Independent Curators International, she holds a Master of Fine Arts in new forms from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Louisiana State University. Blereau is currently based in New Orleans.

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 501-324-9767 or at [email protected].

2024 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.

For the list of 2024 Small Works on Paper artists, click here.


Jan. 4-26

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

501 W. Ninth St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Opening reception 6 p.m. Jan. 4.



February 2-23

Ouachita Baptist University,

the Rosemary Adams Gallery,

410 Ouachita St.
Arkadelphia, AR 71998



March 1-29

River Valley Arts Center,

1001 E B St.

Russellville, AR 72801


April 3-30:

Integrated Design Lab
One College Drive
Bentonville, AR



May 8 - June 24:

475 Main Street
Van Buren, AR


July 6-August 24:

701 S. Main Street
Pine Bluff, AR



September 4-28:

200 Division Street
Hope, AR



October 1-30:
East Arkansas Community College,
Fine Arts Center Gallery
1700 Newcastle
Forrest City, AR



November 6-25:

ASU Mid-South
Reynolds Center
West Memphis, AR


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