Small Works on Paper Opening Reception, Touring Schedule Set


The 2020 Small Works on Paper touring exhibition will kick off with a free opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock! Free tickets are available online.

“We are thrilled about this year’s 2020 Small Works on Paper exhibition because it showcases the diverse and remarkable talent we have all over our state,” said Patrick Ralston, director of the Arkansas Arts Council. “Our exhibition, particularly the opening reception, is an excellent opportunity for art lovers to network with emerging and established artists who are vital components of our states creative economy.”

The 2020 Small Works on Paper exhibition will feature 35 artists from across Arkansas and will tour to up to 10 venues statewide. Thirty-nine artworks will be on display during the yearlong tour. Most works will be available for sale.

A list of the tour stops for 2020 is available at, but the January opening reception is the place to be! At least 12 artists will be at the opening reception to talk about their artworks, the inspiration behind their pieces and their methods of creation.

Already, more than 50 people have reserved seats and are planning to attend. The 2019 exhibition’s opening reception drew more than 100 people. At least that many people are expected to attend next year’s event.

Small Works on Paper is a juried visual art exhibition that showcases artwork no larger than 18-by-24 inches. Now in its 33rd year, the exhibition spotlights Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online gallery.

This year’s entries to be part of the 2020 Small Works on Paper were juried by Jamie Adams, associate professor of art at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Adams reviewed about 300 submitted artworks to pick out the 39 pieces that are part of the Small Works on Paper exhibition. He also selected works to receive purchase awards, which are cash prizes equivalent to the value of the artworks. Purchase award pieces become part of the Small Works on Paper permanent collection.

For more information about Small Works on Paper, contact Cheri Leffew, special events-projects manager, at 501-324-9767 or at Tickets, a list of artists and discussion about the upcoming Small Works on Paper opening reception also are available on Facebook.