Pearces Behind the Red Curtains

  • Pearce’s “Behind the Red Curtains”

If your metier includes small works on paper, now’s the time to submit your work to the Arkansas Arts Council for the 2013 “Small Works on Paper” exhibition. Deadline is July 20 and entry forms can be found online here.

The juror for the 26th annual show will be Anne Austin Pearce, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo. Her own work, translucent, almost hallucinogenic images of the human profile, might give artists an idea of what she wants to see in art, so I’ve posted one of her pieces here, from a review in the New American Paintings blog.

Last year’s exhibit set a pretty high bar for SWOP artists (here’s the Eye Candy review from Jan. 6).


Arkansas artists may enter up to three works of art on paper (no larger than 24×24 inches) for a fee of $10 per entry or $25 for three entries. Works must have been completed within the last two years. Up to $2,000 is awarded in prizes; 2012 winners were William Barksdale of Cotter; Ginger Grahn of Paragould; Neal Harrington of Russellville; Dennis McCann of Maumelle, Jason McCann of Maumelle and Mike Means of El Dorado. Purchased work becomes part of the Small Works on Paper permanent collection. The 2012 show is at the Helena Cultural Center through June 25. It will be at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff July 6-Aug. 11, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia Aug. 20-Sept. 20, the Arts Center of the Grand Prairie in Stuttgart Oct. 3-29 and the Ashley County Museum in Hamburg Nov. 5-30.