Call Detail
2022 Small Works on Paper
Entry Deadline: 7/23/21
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Arkansas Arts Council 1st entry): $15.00
Media Fee(For the 2nd and 3rd entry): $5.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Local
State: Arkansas
Event Dates: 6/3/21 - 7/23/21

Small Works on Paper (SWOP) is an annual, juried art exhibition sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council featuring the artwork of Arkansas Artist Registry members. Each year, the SWOP exhibition tours the state and will be on view at nine locations in Arkansas in 2022. The exhibition will open in January at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock. 
SWOP is open to current members of the Arkansas Artist Registry. (Non-members can join online at Current Arkansas Arts Council advisory board members, staff of the Arkansas Department of Heritage, Parks and Tourism (ADHPT) or members of their immediate families are not eligible.

The Arkansas Artist Registry is free and open to all visual artists who are 18 years or older and Arkansas residents. The Registry is designed to promote and market Arkansas artists. To view the Registry and obtain an application form, visit
The 2022 juror is Ronald Jackson, a visual artist with a focus on portraits and figurative works. Born and raised in Helena, in the Delta region of Arkansas, Jackson now lives and works in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He studied architecture before serving in the U.S. Army. Global travel shaped his life perspective as the military afforded him the experience of living in a number of countries including South Korea, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Iraq and Kuwait. Through his paintings, Jackson seeks to capture intimate settings that function as gateways to ponder the complexities of the human experience and the societies that influence themHe has had work in many solo and group exhibitions, including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas; Art Basel in Miami, Florida; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. His work is part of the permanent collection at Crystal Bridges and the Nerman Museum.   

Up to $2,000 will be available for juror selected awards. Artwork selected as a purchase award will be purchased at the price listed by the artist at time of entry. The artwork will become part of the SWOP permanent collection.  


  • Eligible mediums include painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and collage.
  • Only original artwork, not work copied or reproduced from another artist's creation, will be accepted. (See legal agreement.) 
  • All artwork must be created on paper. Artwork created on canvas is not eligible. 
  • Dimensions of actual work can be any size, but accepted work must be matted or mounted to fit a frame that is one of the following sizes: 18" x 18" or 18" x 24" (H x W or W x H). 


  • A maximum of 40 works will be selected by the juror.  
  • Accepted work is due in the Arkansas Arts Council office by Nov. 12, 2021. Artwork may be hand-delivered or shipped.  
  • Artwork may be refused if the digital image is not an accurate representation of work.  
  • Accepted work must fit in a standard low-profile frame measuring 18" x 18" or 18" x 24" (H x W or W X H). 
  • Frames will be provided by the Arkansas Arts Council.  
  • Frames will accommodate only flat 2-D work with a hinged window mat and a rigid backboard. Matted or mounted work, plus backing board, must not exceed 1/2" thickness. All mats should be of conservation quality mat board.   

Please indicate the sale price for each work submitted. If the work is not for sale, please list a monetary value. Commissions are not taken on sales. All proceeds go to the artists.  
All artists will be notified regarding acceptance in September 2021.  
Entry fees are $15 to submit one digital image, $20 for two digital images or $25 for three digital images.  
Contact Cheri Leffew with questions about entry procedures or the exhibition at (501) 324-9767 or