A variety of media will be represented in the 52nd National Juried Artists Show, at the St. Tammany Art Association, opening July 8, 2017. 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.
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).
The Summer Show is open to artists nationwide who must submit works completed in the past two years. Work by artists from 15 states will be represented at this year’s show. A total of 170 artists entered 465 works with 34 selected.
The artists selected include 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.
This event 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.
The 52nd Annual Summer Show opens July 8, 2017 during Covington’s Second Saturday Art Walk with a reception from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Awards will be announced at the reception at 7:00 p.m., including the $1,000 Best in Show and other cash prizes for artists. The juror and many of the accepted artists will be present. The exhibition closes on August 19 in conjunction with Covington's arts festival formerly known as White Linen, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. In addition, the STAA will hold a Gallery Talk with the juror and selected artists (date to be announced).
Admission to the receptions and gallery is free and open to the public. For more information, contact The St. Tammany Art Association at 985-892-8650.
The St. Tammany Art Association, a community-and member-supported arts organization located at 320 N. Columbia St. in Covington, has been at the center of cultural activities since 1958, in Covington and the Northshore.