Dr. Moises Menendez

Dr. Moises Menendez created this oil painting entitled "Ceramic Vase with Lilacs."

“Small Works on Paper” returns to the South Arkansas Arts Center Price Gallery in El Dorado on Wednesday, through May 26.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the traveling exhibit features 38 pieces created by 26 Arkansas artists.

The work of Magnolia artist and SAAC member Dr. Moises Menendez will be part of this exhibition. Dr. Menendez's piece accepted in this year's exhibit is an oil painting entitled "Ceramic Vase with Lilacs.”

Small Works on Paper is an annual juried competition that showcases one-of-a-kind artwork that is no larger than 18" x 24" in size. Now in its 34th year, the competition spotlights members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, the Arkansas Arts Council's online artist gallery.

"We are excited to be able to recognize the wonderful and diverse talent of visual artist throughout Arkansas," said Stacey Hurst, secretary for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. "Small Works on Paper showcases artists from every corner of our state and gives art lovers the opportunity to discover emerging artists and experience one-of-a-kind artworks they may otherwise never see."

Judy Ledgerwood, recently retired Professor in the Arts at Northwestern University in Illinois, reviewed 200 submitted artworks to choose the 38 pieces for the 2021 Small Works on Paper annual traveling visual arts exhibit. Ledgerwood also selected the purchase award pieces to become part of the SWOP permeant collection.

"The 2021 Small Works on Paper will be an experience no Arkansan will want to miss. In 2020, Arkansas artists submitted an array of works that capture the emotions, hopes, and fears of 2020," said Patrick Ralston, Arkansas Arts Council director.

"Artists are a vital resource for Arkansas, and they are an important component of our state's vision, heritage, culture, and economy."

Face coverings are required for entry.

Gallery hours are 9-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. SAAC is located at 110 East Fifth Street, El Dorado.

Dr. Moises Menendez created this oil painting entitled "Ceramic Vase with Lilacs."

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