The St. Tammany Art Association presents the 52nd National Juried Artists Show, its annual competition of contemporary art, exhibiting a variety of media from artists across the United States. The show is July 8 - August 19, 2017.
Over 300 guests gathered for the July 8 opening reception of the highly anticipated show. Juror Bill Fagaly selected seven winners who received a total of $3,000 in cash prizes.
Winners included: Best of Show "Company of Myself" by Jason Guynes, Tuscaloosa, AL; First place was "Audrey" by Aron Belka, New Orleans; Second place was "The Dead Christ" by John Troy, Glendale, MO; Third place was "Lisa" by Les Schmidt, New Orleans, LA. Three honorable mentions were awarded to Lara Vaienti, Bozeman, MT, "There's a Line"; Robert Viosca, Mandeville, LA, "View from My Pillow"; and Loretta Feeney, Centreville, MA, "Happy Hour Brooklyn."
Work was submitted in media from fabric to photography, oil and acrylic, watercolor, and sculptures including an intricately carved fan made of hand-pierced sterling silver.
The Summer Show is open to artists nationwide who must submit works completed in the past two years. Work by artists from 15 states are represented at this year’s show. A total of 170 artists entered 465 works with 34 selected.
The exhibition runs through August 19 with a closing reception from 5:30-9 pm featuring conversations with some of the winning artists. Gallery hours are Mon-Fri, 10 am to 4 pm; Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm. Admission to the reception and gallery is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the St. Tammany Art Association at 985-892-8650.
Jane Cornish Smith, Dallas, TX; Dianne Georgy, Kenner, LA; Loretta Feeney, Centerville, MA; Linda Duffy, Magnolia, TX; Courtney Kiersznowski, Atlanta, GA; John Troy, Glendale, MO; Jason Guynes, Tuscaloosa, AL; Robert Dutruch, Bush, LA; Abram Kaplan, Granville, OH; Bernard Mattox, Folsom, LA; Jan Arrigo, Slidell, LA; Frances Carville, Covington, LA; Aron Belka, New Orleans, LA; Michael Eble, Lafayette, LA; Nell Tilton, Metairie, LA; Susan Chiquelin, Lafayette, LA; Carolyn Busenlener, Pearlington, MS; Walter Poole, Northport, AL; Nicholas Hullibarger, Oakland, CA; Therese Knowles, Baton Rouge, LA; Terry Hastings, Desert Hot Springs, CA; Melissa Mohammadi, San Francisco, CA; Hunter Scott, Kansas City, MO; Bethany Wood, Iowa City, IA; Lisa Bergant Koi, Pittsburgh, PA; Douglas Stafford, Baton Rouge, LA; Teresa Jarzynski, Bethesda, MD; Les Schmidt, New Orleans, LA; Christopher Priebe, Middleton, WI; Robert Viosca, Mandeville, LA; Harsimran Brar, Tucson, AZ; Penny Knobel-Besa, Flintstone, MD; Lara Vaienti; Bozeman, MT; and David Foshee, Valdosta, GA.
About the Juror
This year’s juror is William Fagaly, the Curator Emeritus for the New Orleans Museum of Art and the museum's former Francoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art (retired), who stated that "from my conscientious and careful deliberations, the resulting show is a grouping of works I found most compelling, the most accomplished, the most original and the best crafted. I hope the exhibition gives its viewers as much pleasure as it has me."
During his 50-year tenure with NOMA, Fagaly organized more than 90 exhibitions, including: New Orleans Triennial (1967-2001), Treasures of Peter Carl Fabergé and other Master Jewelers from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection (1972), He’s the Prettiest: A Tribute to Big Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana’s Fifty Years of Mardi Gras Indian Suiting (1997), Ancestors of Congo Square: African Art in the New Orleans Museum of Art (2011) and Pierre Joseph Landry: Patriot, Planter, Sculptor (2015).
About St. Tammany Art Association
The St. Tammany Art Association is a community-and member-supported arts organization located at 320 N. Columbia St. in Covington that has been at the center of cultural activities since 1958, in Covington and the Northshore. It celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
The "Summer Show" is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs and donations from Roberta D. Bruck, Henry Hood and Carlos Sanchez with a grant from Heather Case in memory of Miriam Barranger.