Friday, January 7, 2011

Underground artists, Gardner, House & Schmidt take small works on paper exhibition by storm!

Massive congratulations to Fayetteville Underground studio artists: Duane Gardner, Don House, and Sabine Schmidt! They all had pieces accepted into the Small Works on Paper Exhibition! This means that Fayetteville Underground artists make up ten percent of the total of participating artists from all over Arkansas (32, with 39 works shown). In addition, Sabine Schmidt received one of seven purchase awards! More impressive evidence of the quality of work created at the Fayetteville Underground.

Duane, Don, and Sabine are going to Conway to attend the opening. Don and Sabine will give brief talks on their work, and the talks will be taped by AETN!

2011 Small Works on Paper Exhibition to Open in Conway

The 2011 Small Works on Paper art exhibition will kick off its statewide tour at Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) in Conway. Presented by the Arkansas Arts Council, the exhibition will be on display from Jan. 6-27 in the AETN Atrium on 350 S. Donaghey St.

A public reception to kick off the tour is slated for 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, at the atrium. The reception is free and will include talks by the artists.

Hours for the exhibition are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

Now in its 24th year, the annual Small Works on Paper exhibition showcases small-sized visual works (no larger than 24 x 24 inches) by Arkansas artists in a year-long traveling show to 10 galleries, often in rural areas or small towns. The juror, a professional from the arts community, selects the artwork and designates pieces for purchase awards.

The 2011 show features 39 works. Patter Hellstrom juried the exhibition. Hellstrom is a partner in Hellstrom+Zirni"Unfinished Business" by John Harlan Norriss LLC, a bicoastal artist/curator team based in San Francisco and New York specializing in collections acquisitions and managing public art projects in business and hospitality settings. Hellstrom has served as a guest lecturer and panelist for numerous national organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and is a past mayoral appointee to the Minneapolis Art Commission.

"An intriguing selection of work was offered for the Small Works on Paper Exhibition." Hellstrom said. "From that group, 39 pieces were selected that range in media from drawing, photography, mixed media, to painting and printmaking. Stylistically the works are equally diverse, representing a range from realism to abstraction."

There were 275 entries submitted; seven artists were selected to receive purchase awards ranging from $200 to $1,000 each: William R. Detmers of Pine Bluff, Jennifer Hackworth of Jonesboro, Temple Skelton Moore of Prairie Grove, John Harlan Norris of Jonesboro, Sabine Schmidt of Fayetteville, Mitchell Skinner of Tucker and Keri Young of Little Rock. Purchase award winners receive the cash amount equivalent to the value of their selected works. Funded by entry fees, the purchase award pieces become part of the exhibition’s permanent collection.

Congratulations to the following artists whose work was selected to be part of the exhibition:

John Ahlen, Little Rock

Melissa Bacon, Little Rock

Ed Barham, Little Rock

Lynn Bell, Fort Smith

Sheila Cantrell, Batesville

Brian Cormack, North Little Rock

William R. Detmers, Pine Bluff

David Dodson, Little Rock

Janet Gade-Malone, Hot Springs

Duane Gardner, Fayetteville

Jennifer Hackworth, Jonesboro

Don House, Fayetteville

Tenille Hunter, Little Rock

Amanda Kelly Little, Jonesboro

Nina Louton, Hot Springs

David R. Mann, Little Rock

Dennis McCann, Maumelle

Leaf Moore, Searcy

Temple Skelton Moore, Prairie Grove

John Harlan Norris, Jonesboro

Marc E. Palmer, Mountain View

Rhee Reamy, Huntington

Holly Reding, Little Rock

Robert Reep, Little Rock

Sabine Schmidt, Fayetteville

Mitchell Wade Skinner, Tucker

Brady Taylor, Little Rock

Leslie Toler, Little Rock

Lynn Mittelstaedt Warren, Little Rock

John Watson, North Little Rock

Janet Cecil-Wilcox, Little Rock

Keri Young, Little Rock

The 2011 exhibition will travel to the following locations:

January 6-27, AETN Atrium, Conway
February 1-28, Alma Performing Arts Center, Alma
March 3-29, University of Arkansas – Mullins Library, Fayetteville
April 4-28, North Arkansas College, Harrison
May 3-27, The Ritz Gallery, Blytheville
June 2-29, Batesville Area Arts Council, Batesville
July 6-July 30, Guachoya Cultural Art Center, Lake Village
August 23-September 10, Harding University, Searcy
September 21-October 25, U of A Community College, Hope
November 8-26, Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Texarkana

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