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The “2018 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition,” a juried show of contemporary small printmaking by artists from across the country, opens today with 60 works in four galleries at Arkansas State University’s Bradbury Art Museum with a 5 p.m. reception.

Also opening are “Spatial Differences,” painting and sculpture by Robyn Horn, in the Stella Boyle Smith Gallery, and “Wizards and War Games,” black oil paint on the reverse of acrylic panels by ASU Professor Emeritus John Keech, in the Vaughn Gallery.

The yearly exhibition was conceived by retired ASU printmaking professor and Arkansas Artist Laureate Evan Lindquist in 1996. Several cash awards are made; they have not yet been announced.

DNSP Juror Mary Weaver Chapin, curator of prints and drawings at the Portland Art Museum, provided a juror’s statement:

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“Confined to an image size not to exceed 24 by 32 inches, the participants of the DNSPE must create powerful graphic statements in just 768 square inches. Fortunately, artists — and, in my opinion, printmakers in particular — often thrive and excel in the face of boundaries, working within (or pushing against) the parameters of the medium or dimensions. I am delighted to report that the 2018 DNSPE artists rose to this challenge with exceptional grace.”

 
ASU Gallery Director Les Christianson also passed along artist statements; the following is from Horn, who is both woodworker and painter:

“Moving back and forth from 2D paintings to 3D sculpture gives me a perspective in realizing the differences in spatial dimensions. The geometry and textural qualities are very similar, but the paintings give me more opportunities to explore than the sculptures do, enriching both areas of my creativity.”

 Keech says the following:

“My pictures are a type of surrealism. I draw and imprint images on plexiglass. The paintings are peculiar and unearthly, but they are also compelling and persuasive.”

All three exhibitions will continue through Feb. 21. BAM hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; noon to 7 p.m. Thursday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and by appointment. 

You can see last year’s DNSP here.