Recent UNO Alumna Wins Honorable Mention at Ogden Art Show

Dixie KimballIn August 2012, recent UNO alumna Dixie Kimball received an Honorable Mention for her untitled oil work in the First Annual “Louisiana Contemporary” show at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

A recent alumna of the University of New Orleans received an honorable mention this month for her work in a special exhibition showcasing the work of Louisiana artists.

Dixie Kimball, who received a bachelor of arts degree from UNO’s Department of Fine Arts in spring, will join UNO's fine arts graduate program in the spring. Her untitled oil painting recently won an honorable mention in Louisiana Contemporary, an art show that debuted Aug. 4 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and will be on display through Sept. 24.

Louisiana Contemporary presented by Regions Bank is designed “to engage a contemporary audience that appreciates the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center,” said Ogden spokeswoman Sue Strachan. Artists and art enthusiasts filled the fifth floor of UNO’s Ogden Museum for Whitney White Linen Night, which is an early August event designed to bring crowds to visit the city’s famed art galleries on or near Julia Street, as well as the night the show debuted and Kimball received her award.

Nearly 200 artists submitted more than 600 works to the Ogden for the juried exhibition, Strachan said. Forty-five artists from throughout Louisiana are represented, with a total of 86 works selected. Some artists had more than one work chosen.

Kimball had two works included in the exhibit. UNO graduate students Jessica Goldfinch, Anastasia Pelias and Alex Podesta also saw their work on display. All are currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree. UNO alumnus Daniel Kelly IV will also exhibited his work. They were selected in late July amid great fanfare to compete

The Ogden Museum boasts the world’s largest collection of Southern art.

“Louisiana is fortunate to have so many artists who are living and working in the state today,” said Ogden Museum Director William Andrews. “And the Ogden Museum is happy to have the opportunity to showcase the work they are doing and promote their contributions to the communities across our state.”

Juxtaposing contemporary Louisiana art with works created over the last 200 years helps viewers to advance their understanding of Louisiana art and culture, Andrews said. The event also helps to advance the bicentennial of Louisiana statehood.

For more details about Louisiana Contemporary, visit www.louisianacontemporary.org.