Art of Louisiana

White Linen Night is right around the corner, and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is taking the opportunity to honor Louisiana’s brightest artists with some wall space. The inaugural competition Louisiana Contemporary presented by Regions Bank has made its final selections, and the winners get to cash in on Saturday, August 4.


Chief Curator at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio and Juror Rene Paul Barilleaux has chosen 45 artists and 86 works to be presented on White Linen Night after reviewing 600 pieces from over 200 artists. There will be an awards ceremony at the event, wherein artists could win up to $1500 in awards, including a $500 Best of Show cash prize. The pieces will be displayed in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art through September 24, 2012.


One of the artists being showcased is local Amanda Stone Talley; you may recognize her name from her studio, “Studio Amanda Talley,” located at 1382 Magazine St. The local painter said that she’s thrilled to have three pieces on view at the Ogden.


“I haven’t shown anything at the Ogden yet, I thought I was going to get rejected,” Talley said.


The painter said that the competition was a welcome opportunity for Louisiana’s contemporary artists.


“There are a lot of contemporary artists working not just in New Orleans but all over the state. I think it opened up the door to strictly be Louisiana artists and represent the contemporary side,” said Talley.


The competition coincides with the Bicentennial of Louisiana Statehood, and it began as a way to engage contemporary artists in Louisiana and to give them more incentive to stay in the state and work in its growing arts community. Barilleaux, a Louisiana native himself, said that it’s crucial to showcase Louisiana’s vibrant art culture.


“Exhibitions such as the Louisiana Contemporary… not only showcase the state’s artists for the regional audience, (but also) these exhibitions are important in that they illustrate the vitality of Louisiana’s visual arts beyond state lines,” said Barilleaux.


For a complete list of artists whose work was accepted, see here.

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