One of the group exhibitions I am participating in is opening this week. The P.3+Baton Rouge Invitational is part of the satellite exhibitions program of the Prospect Biennial New Orleans. The opening reception will be held this Saturday, November 15th from 12-7pm at the TTowers Gallery, Chase Tower South in Baton Rouge, LA. Exhibition remains up through January 25th, 2015. More details: http://www.prospectneworleans.org/p3plus-regional/.
I recently received news that my work has been selected for the 2014 Art Melt to be held at Capitol Park Museum (formerly Louisiana State Museum) in Baton Rouge. Surprisingly, I think this may be the 10th time my work has been in the Art Melt (all but the very first). This year’s jurors are Ben Thompson, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville; Katie Pfohl, Curator at LSU Museum of Art; and Eric Robert Dallimore, co-owner of the Leon Gallery, Denver, Colorado.
The Preview Party will be held July 18th from 7-10pm. The official opening (free to the public) will be July 19th from 5-9pm.
Coming up as of next week is the “Enigma” exhibit at The Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The show is curated by Kelli Scott Kelley and consists of works by Jamie Baldridge of Lafayette, Louisiana; Mark Cervenka of Houston, Texas; Joshua Chambers of Bosier City, Louisiana; Amy Guidry of Lafayette, Louisiana; Todd Hines of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Debbie Kupinsky of Appleton, Wisconsin; and Karey Rawitscher of the Czech Republic. The opening reception is October 17th from 6-8pm and the exhibit will remain up through November 22nd, 2013.
I recently attended the 2013 Art Melt Preview Party for the exhibition currently taking place at the Capitol Park Museum (formerly Louisiana State Museum) in Baton Rouge, LA. The jurors were in attendance as well- Jordana Pomeroy, Executive Director, LSU Museum of Art; Susan H. Edwards, Executive Director, Frist Center for the Visual Arts; and Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Executive Director, Frye Art Museum. The exhibit is up now through August 24th.
I just found out today that my work was selected for inclusion in the 2013 Art Melt to be held at the Capitol State Museum (formerly Louisiana State Museum) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The jurors for this year’s event are Jordana Pomeroy, Executive Director, LSU Museum of Art; Susan H. Edwards, Executive Director, Frist Center for the Visual Arts; and Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Executive Director, Frye Art Museum. The event opens to the public starting July 20th but there will be a Preview Party the night of July 19th from 7-11pm. The exhibit will run through August 24th.
I recently attended the Preview Party for the 2012 Art Melt at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, LA. My painting Survival of the Fittest was one of the works selected for the show by jurors Franklin Sirmans (Chief Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art); Ron Platt (Curator, Birmingham Museum of Art); and Thomas Neff (Artist and Professor of Art, LSU). If you missed the Preview Party and the opening reception, no worries as the exhibit will be up through August 3rd.
Excited to announce that my work has been selected for the 2012 Art Melt. The jurors for this year’s event are Franklin Sirmans (Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art); Ron Platt (Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museum of Art); and Thomas Neff (Artist and Professor, Louisiana State University). The event will be held at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, LA. There will be a Preview Party in which awards and a jurors’ talk will be given on July 13th from 7-11pm. The opening reception for the event will be held July 14th from 5-10pm and will remain open through August 3rd.
First, I should apologize for my absence last week. I have lots going on and much to share, which I will be doing over the week so be on the lookout. As some of you may know, last week the arts community of Louisiana received some sad news- legislators approved a 1/3 cut in Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) and Statewide Art Grants (SAG). This affects an estimated 148,000 jobs, Louisiana’s tourism industry, as well as artists, teachers, museums, libraries, theaters, art centers, festivals, among others. The news is grim, especially given the fact the Arts tend to be the first that are cut and already do not receive enough funding. I personally know of small museums and art centers that have been struggling to get any kind of funding and risk closing.
So what can we do?
The most obvious answer deals with how we vote and voicing our opinion to local and national politicians. Thanks to the internet and groups such as Louisiana Citizens for the Arts, you can stay up to date on these issues and contact the appropriate individuals with the click of a button. And don’t worry about writing the most profound letter, either. My thoughts are as long as you are writing something, even if it’s just to send the form letter already provided, it will make a difference. All correspondence adds up.
That being said, politicians need to see numbers. Letters and phone calls are great, but it also boils down to whether the public is willing to put their money where their mouth is. You say you love art, but do you really? They need to see the numbers. Numbers being the tourism dollars, the tax revenue, the number of people attending arts events, and so on. If you want to prove that these artists and organizations matter, as well as support them along the way, you need to do the following:
Buy art— Seriously. This is not some propaganda I’m passing along because I’m an artist. If you buy art you’ll support artists, galleries, museums, and art centers so they can continue to thrive in your community rather than closing down or moving somewhere else where they appreciate art. In turn, those sales taxes and income taxes from art speak highly in the eyes of the government. Funding goes to those that make money and are a good investment.
Attend events— Support your local arts community by attending performances, exhibit openings, lectures, and so forth. You’ll have an entertaining evening and know you’re making a difference in the process. Even if it’s a free event, you’re still helping because those numbers matter.
Sign the guestbook— So many people attend an event and pass by the guestbook without signing. Maybe you don’t think it’s important or you are weary to share your information. Whatever the case may be, you need to sign the guestbook. Those names translate to numbers. Museums and art centers report those numbers in order to prove their importance and receive funding. No one wants to support a museum if they have no visitors. So sign your name- you don’t have to give any other information unless you want to- as long as there is a name, it adds to the numbers.
Become a member— Aside from government funding, these organizations receive funds from, well, you! Paying for an event is great, but if you really want to help, become a member. You can join any or all, and there are various levels for joining most groups. Many museums and art centers offer general membership at reasonable rates, some offer rates for students and seniors, so check their websites.
How do you support the Arts? Feel free to add ideas in the comments section.
You may recall a little while back that my painting Symbiotic was the Best of Show winner for the Surreal Salon IV at the Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art. As part of winning, my work would be featured in upcoming issues of both Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose magazines. Well, I had a nice surprise arrive in the mail for me and received a copy of the Juxtapoz April 2012 issue! If you get the magazine, check out page 131. I’ve included small photos of the cover and a detail image of the ad naming my work as the Surreal Salon IV winner. I will be posting the Hi-Fructose issue once it arrives so keep an eye out for it!