Small Works

Annual Small Works National Juried Art 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. 

2021 Online Entry opens May 1.  


  • 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
  • Insurance Value
  • Actual and Framed Art Sizes in inches (height" x width" x depth") 

2. Required Digital Image File for each entry, up to three (3) 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 $35 nonrefundable fee entitles each artist to submit up to three entries.

Accepted entries will be posted on this web page by July 10, 2020. 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 or hand-delivered in sturdy, reusable cardboard containers to arrive at Harper College. 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. 


Our thanks to Carrie Johnson, Executive Director/Curator, Rockford Art Museum (RAM), Rockford, IL. Ms. Johnson was scheduled to jury the 2020 exhibition.

Kendra Paitz

Director and Chief Curator, University Galleries at Illinois State University

Kendra Paitz is Director and Chief Curator at University Galleries at Illinois State University, where she has been since 2008. She has organized solo exhibitions featuring Terry Adkins, William Cordova, Basim Magdy, Bethany Collins, Carrie Schneider, Dianna Frid, Cecil McDonald Jr. (co-curated), Edra Soto, Juan Angel Chávez, Ebony G. Patterson, Deb Sokolow, Laura Letinsky, Melanie Schiff, Rana Young, Jason Lazarus (co-curated with Barry Blinderman), Stanya Kahn, Lori Waxman, Kendell Carter, Stephanie Brooks, Oliver Herring (co-curated), Irena Knezevic (Irena Haiduk), Bob Jones, Schuyler Maehl, Adam Farcus, and Shinique Smith, among others. Her group exhibitions include Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of SympathyThe House of the Seven GablesOrison for the Forest, and but you gave me flowers. She has supervised the publication of ten exhibition catalogues at University Galleries. Paitz's essays and interviews have been published by University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois; Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Daylight Books; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa; and Golden Parachutes, Berlin. She has been the Principle Investigator for grants awarded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and Target, among others. Paitz is also the founding Director at Violet Poe Projects, an independent artist-project space in her home from 2010-2015. 

Congratulations to these artists selected to exhibit in the 42nd Annual Small Works National Juried Art Exhibition in 2019:

Mark Adkins

Herman Aguirre

Mark Danielson

John Ferry

Jessica Gondek

Sharon Harper

Richard Hutter

Kalindi Kunis

Nicholas Luchenbill

Joanne Luongo

Camila Marianela

Scott Mossman

Lisa Nelson Raabe

Katie Prock

Kevin Schroeder

Margi Weir


For more information about Small Works, contact us by email at:

There used to be three, 2018 ceramic, 10” x 12” x 6”

2019 Small Works Purchase Award:
Sharon Harper, Springfield, MO

there used to be three, 2018 ceramic, 10” x 12” x 6”

See all the artists' works from the
2019 Small Works Exhibition.

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