Art on Paper 2017: The 44th Exhibition

  • May 21, 2017 – Sep 3, 2017
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Installation view from Art on Paper 2014.

Art on Paper celebrates contemporary art in which the use of paper—either as surface or material—is a primary concern. Longstanding support from xpedx (formerly the Dillard Paper Company) and, today, the Dillard Fund has allowed the Weatherspoon to acquire work from each Art on Paper exhibition since 1965. This significant support has fostered the growth of the Weatherspoon’s nationally recognized Dillard Collection of Art on Paper. Today its holdings number some 600 works of art.

Following a slate of exhibitions timed to celebrate the Weatherspoon’s 75th anniversary, this biennial exhibition will shift seasons and open in May of 2017. As with Art on Paper 2014, the installation will include several works by each artist, rather than a single representative piece. This approach aims to provide greater context for individual artworks and a broader understanding of each artist’s practice. Space limitations will again make the selection process highly competitive. 

As the volume of submissions for Art on Paper continues to grow, the museum will be using an online platform and charging a $10 application fee to cover increasing expenses. The submission platform deadline is Sunday, November 20, 2016. If you have questions, please email us at:

Art on Paper First View Members and Public Reception, Saturday, May 20, 5:30-8pm



•  Only one-of-a-kind artworks on, or composed primarily of, paper will be considered. These may include drawing, painting, collage, monoprint, unique photograph, sculpture, or installation. Editioned prints, photographs, and multiples are not accepted.

•  Artists whose work was included in Art on Paper 2014 or who are currently enrolled students are ineligible to apply.

•  Works selected for the exhibition must be suitably framed and/or made ready for installation by the artist. The Weatherspoon is unable to provide framing.

•  As Art on Paper is a project through which the Weatherspoon builds its collection, all works must be for sale.

We have six galleries located on the first and second levels of the museum, view our gallery map.