Small Works

41st 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.

Call for Artists and 2018 Exhibition Calendar

  • 6/15:  Entry deadline
  • 7/13:  Jury notification posted on website
  • 7/24:  Deadline for artwork to be received
  • 8/27 - 9/27  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
  • 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 13, 2018. 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 no later than July 24, 2018. 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. 

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Small Works 2018 Entries CLOSED


Leah Kolb
Curator, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Leah Kolb is the Curator of Exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA). She worked closely with Senior Curator Emeritus Richard Axsom for several years as MMoCA’s Associate Curator, prior to being promoted to her current position in June 2017. Together, Kolb and Axsom undertook their last curatorial collaboration at MMoCA with the traveling exhibition Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective (2016) and the accompanying publication “Frank Stella: Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné.” They continue working together remotely on a catalogue raisonné of Terry Winters’ prints and drawings, slated to be published in 2020. Kolb’s recent curatorial interests are focused on projects with contemporary artists who address complex sociopolitical issues through experimental approaches to art, which has resulted in exhibitions of work by such artists as Claire Stigliani, Kambui Olujimi, Rashaad Newsome, and José Teixeira. Upcoming exhibitions include solo presentations by Spanish artist Irene Grau, William J. O’Brien (Chicago, IL), and Nathaniel Mary Quinn (New York, NY).


Congratulations to the artists selected for the 41st Annual Small Works Exhibition:

Patty Carroll
Sue Danielson
Michael DeLuca
Maggie Gourlay
Elizabeth Hamilton
Lisa Bergant Koi
Mikhail Mishin
Denise Orlin
Kassandra Palmer
Camila Pasquel
Johnny Plastini
John Rizzo
Jordan Scott
Kayla Seedig
Astri Snodgrass
Bryce Speed
Jill Stoll
Frank Vega

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