UNO Students, UNO Alumnus Selected for Statewide Art Exhibit at the Ogden Museum


The University of New Orleans fine arts students and a UNO alumnus are among artists selected to participate this week in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s statewide juried exhibition, Louisiana Contemporary.“Increasingly, artists—no matter where they live and work—are part of the larger international picture, and this exhibition seeks to demonstrate how the state’s artists offer their own unique contributions to the global scene,” said Rene Paul Barilleaux, chief curator of the “Art After 1945” collection at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Tex., as well as a Louisiana native and juror of the competition. “Exhibitions such as the Louisiana Contemporary…showcase the state’s artists for the regional audience…they illustrate the vitality of Louisiana’s visual arts beyond state lines.”

Presented by Regions Bank, Louisiana Contemporary aims to engage a contemporary audience that appreciates the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and to demonstrate the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art market, organizers said. The exhibition, debuts Saturday at Whitney White Linen Night, an annual art gallery tour that draws thousands of New Orleans residents and tourists to the art scene surrounding Julia Street in New Orleans’ Warehouse District. The exhibition will be on view through September 24 at UNO's Ogden Museum, which boasts the world’s largest collection of Southern Art.

More than 200 artists submitted more than 600 works in an attempt to gain entry to the exhibition. A total of 86 works were selected, with some artists having more than one work chosen. The Ogden Museum will present as much as $1,500 in awards to participating artists on Saturday, including a $500 cash prize for the winner of the Best of Show award.

UNO graduate students Jessica Goldfinch, Anastasia Pelias and Alex Podesta will see their work on display. All are currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree. UNO alumnus Daniel Kelly IV will also exhibit his work. Dixie Kimball, a UNO undergraduate fine arts student who will begin fine art graduate studies at UNO this spring, has two paintings in the show,

Now in its first year, the annual event promotes contemporary art practices in Louisiana and provides exhibition space to show living artists’ work. The show coincides with the ongoing state celebration of the Bicentennial of Louisiana Statehood. For more details about Louisiana Contemporary, visit www.louisianacontemporary.org.