Harper College

Small Works

46th Harper College National Juried Exhibition

The College's annual Small Works national juried exhibition highlights work selected from entries by artists from across the country. The show features a wide array of media, ranging from photography and prints to painting and sculpture. 

Call for Artists and 2024 Exhibition Calendar

  • 6/17:  Entry deadline 
  • 7/19: Jury notification posted on website 
  • 8/13: Deadline for artwork to be received 
  • 9/3 - 10/10:  Exhibition at Harper College 


  • All artists age 18 and over living in the United States are eligible.
  • In its largest dimension, artwork must be 24 inches or less, including frame if applicable.
  • All media are eligible, excluding jewelry and film/video.
  • Weight limitation: 45 pounds
  • Work that requires special installation or instructions will NOT be accepted.
  • Only work created within the last three years is eligible.


All Small Works entries will be judged from digital files. Before entering, prepare the following:

1.  Required Artwork Information for each entry:

  • Title
  • Medium
  • Sale Price or NFS
  • Insurance Value
  • Actual and Framed Art Sizes in inches (height" x width" x depth") 

2. Required Digital Image File

  • One (1) image file per entry, up to three (3) entries per artist.
  • File Format: .jpg only, maximum 2 MB file size
  • File Name: Artist’s last name_First initial_number of image
    (Note: Do not place your name into the digital image.) 
  • Example: Smith_M_1.jpg

One $30 nonrefundable fee entitles each artist to submit up to three entries.

Accepted entries will be posted on this web page by July 19, 2024. Individual notification will NOT be sent. Please check this webpage for the jury results.

Presentation: All works must be delivered to Harper ready for hanging/ installation/display. For framed work, use Plexiglas only. Original work not accurately represented by the digital file may be declined at the discretion of the Juror. All work will be insured during the exhibition for the artist’s stated valuation.

Shipping: Work must be shipped in sturdy, reusable cardboard containers to arrive at Harper College no later than August 13, 2024. In-person deliveries for local artists may be arranged during August, pending campus safety protocols.  DO NOT use loose Styrofoam “peanut” packing. Works should not require special handling or instructions.

Works will be returned in original containers via UPS as soon as possible after the close of the exhibition. The Exhibition will pay for return shipping, insuring containers per stated valuations.

In conjunction with the Small Works exhibition, a color catalog will be produced. Each participating artist will receive catalogs by mail after the exhibition closes. Harper College will not retain commission on sales. Consent to reproduction for publicity purposes for this or future Harper national exhibitions is considered granted.

Entries for 2024 are now closed.

If you would like to receive information about next year’s Small Works, please email us at: smallworks@harpercollege.edu

Laura Bickford

Curator, John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Laura Bickford is Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center where she oversees the Art Preserve and related exhibitions at the Arts Center. Previously, she was the William S. Arnett Curator at the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. Bickford has had a lifelong love of all things handmade, embellished, encrusted, fried, miniature and oversized which has led to her professional pursuit of the vernacular, the extraordinary every day, and objects created on the margins of culture.

Bickford has a dual-masters in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2024 selected artists will be posted by July 19, 2024

For more information about Small Works, contact us by email at: smallworks@harpercollege.edu


View the 2023 Exhibition

2023 Small Works Purchase Awards

acrylic painting in pinks and browns of a close up of knitted fabric

Natalie Harrison, Birmingham,  AL

Pink Quilt 2, 2022

acrylic paint on panel, 10” x 8” x 1” 


abstract piece of an altered photo of a person with arms  and legs out wide, with accentuated clothing drawn on top

Icy x Koozy Kollabs, Brooklyn, NY

Viscid Violet, 2023

mixed media, 18” x 14”                   


photograph of a clown statue almost entirely in shadow, with only the legs visibile

Stephen Wilson, Washington, IL

Another Political Season, 2023

photography, 8” x 12”                   

Last Updated: 6/20/24