‘Small Works on Paper’ exhibition to kick off tour at A&S Center

LITTLE ROCK — “Small Works on Paper,” an annual touring visual art exhibition coordinated by the Arkansas Arts Council, will kick off its 2014 statewide tour Jan. 9-30 at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St.

The exhibition features the work of 39 Arkansas artists and will travel to 10 galleries throughout the state in a yearlong touring show. To view the 2014 touring schedule and the list of artists whose work was selected, visit www.arkansasarts.com/programs/swop.aspx.

To celebrate the opening, the Arts & Science Center will host a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 16. The reception is free and will include talks by the artists. Regular hours for the exhibition are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.

Now in its 27th year, “Small Works on Paper” showcases artwork no larger than 24-by-24 inches by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online art gallery coordinated by the Arts Council. The 2014 show features 40 works, which were selected from more than 300 submissions by juror Mary Kennedy, CEO of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Kennedy is the past director of ExhibitsUSA and curator of exhibitions for M-AAA.

“The works I selected for inclusion represent a broad range of media, technique and style and may appear to lack cohesion as a group at first glance, but for me the through-line for this exhibition is the richness and possibility of storytelling represented in these works,” Kennedy said. “Regardless of whether they are abstract or figurative, high-tech or handcrafted, they conjure a response — emotional, intellectual or physical — that animates the imagination of the viewer and sparks new storytelling and the perpetuation of creative expression.”

Kennedy selected 10 artists to receive purchase awards. Purchase award winners receive the cash amount equivalent to the value of their selected works. Funded by entry fees, the purchase award pieces become part of the exhibition’s permanent collection. The artists selected to receive purchase awards are Cindy Arsaga of Fayetteville; Claire Cade of Arkadelphia; Houston Fryer of Hot Springs; Lisa Kindrick of Little Rock; Tom Richard of Monticello; Richard Stephens of Hot Springs; Carrie Waller of Cabot; Cathy Wester of Conway; Cindy Wiseman of Fayetteville; and Miranda Young of Little Rock.

For more information on Small Works on Paper, visit www.arkansasarts.org or e-mail Cheri Leffew at cheri@arkansasheritage.org.

About the Arkansas Arts Council

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. In addition, the Arkansas Arts Council provides technical and financial assistance to Arkansas arts organizations and other providers of cultural and educational programs.

The Arkansas Arts Council is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Other agencies are the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, 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.