Small Works on Paper, an annual touring visual arts exhibition coordinated by the Arkansas Arts Council, is coming to the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith in April. This juried exhibition tours statewide to 10 gallery locations from January to November.
The exhibition will be on display at UAFS April 1-30. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Fridays. The exhibit is located on the west end of the first floor of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center and encompasses wall space outside the Reynolds Room. Sharing the exhibit space is a separate collection of art from the Mid-Southern Watercolors. Admission is free.
Now in its 26th year, the Small Works on Paper exhibit showcases artwork no larger than 24x24 inches by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online art gallery coordinated by the Arts Council.
The 2013 show features 37 works, which were selected from more than 300 submissions. A variety of mediums will be represented in the exhibit including watercolor, photographs, acrylic, ink on paper and collage.
Two of the 35 selected artists teach classes at the UAFS campus.
Don Lee of Fort Smith, associate professor and head of the Art Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said this is a great opportunity to see a range of subjects and from professional artists who live and work in Arkansas.
“The accessibility of the exhibition and the opportunity to see quality work by Arkansas artists, being shown in various venues all over the state, exposes a lot of people to work which addresses personal and contemporary issues of form and content,” Lee said.
UAFS featured faculty members are Lee and Lin Chen of Charleston, a member of adjunct faculty. Exhibitors from the region include James P. Bell and Steven Jones, both of Fort Smith; Victor Chalfant, Don House, Sam King and Laverne Nelson, all of Fayetteville; and L.S. Eldridge, Rogers.
Lee said, “I've been accepted into this exhibition several times now, each year is unique. I feel I'm among old friends and introduced to new ones.”
For more information, call the Campus and Community Events Office at 479-788-7300.
The Arkansas Arts Council 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. Funding for the Council and its programs is provided by the State of Arkansas and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.