The 2019 Small Works on Paper, a touring, visual arts exhibition that showcases the work of Arkansas artists, opened Sept. 2 at East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Gallery at Forrest City.


The exhibition will remain open until Friday, Sept. 27, and includes work by Pine Bluff artist Markeith Woods, according to a news release.


Small Works on Paper is a juried exhibition that showcases Arkansans’ artwork that is no larger than 18 by 24 inches. The artists are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online gallery of Arkansas artists’ work.


Robin Dru Germany, professor of photography and associate director at the School of Art at Texas Tech University, reviewed 354 submissions to select the art for the 2019 exhibition, according to the release.


Germany also chose three artists for the following awards:


• Best of Show $500 Award recipient: Markeith Woods of Pine Bluff, mixed media, “Do You Remember What I Worked For?”


• Juror’s Choice $300 award recipient: Daniella Napolitano of Little Rock, linocut, “Curia Regis”.


• Merit Award $200 recipient: J.P. Bel of Fayetteville, digital photograph, “Repair of No. 2”.


Thirty-nine pieces are featured in this year’s Small Works on Paper, which travels to nine galleries statewide. The touring schedule is available at arkansasarts.org .


The Arkansas Arts Council, which is part of the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, coordinates the annual exhibition and makes it available for loan to qualifying galleries around the state, according to the release.


“Small Works on Paper provides Arkansas artists with a wonderful opportunity to have their artwork displayed at multiple locations around the state,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “Likewise, patrons and students statewide have the opportunity to see Arkansas’s established and up-and-coming contemporary artists. For more than 30 years, the touring exhibition has showcased a variety of subject matter, styles and techniques. That holds true for this year’s exhibition. You’re sure to find something that captures your interest!”


The exhibit closes Sept. 27. The East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Gallery at Forrest City is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday. Admission is free.


For details on Small Works on Paper, contact Cheri Leffew, cheri.leffew@arkansas.gov or 501-324-9767.