NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Ogden Museum of Southern Art announced today the artists selected for the 2021 edition of Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation, the Museum’s annual juried exhibition featuring work by contemporary artists from across the state. This year’s guest juror, Hallie Ringle, Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, has selected 51 works by 39 artists from a total of 1,170 submissions. Louisiana Contemporary will be on view at Ogden Museum August 7, 2021 through October 10, 2021.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art first launched Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation in 2012, to establish a vehicle that would bring to the fore the work of artists living in Louisiana and highlight the dynamism of art practice throughout the state. Since its launch, Louisiana Contemporary has presented 729 works by 450 artists. This statewide, juried exhibition promotes the contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides an exhibition space for the exposition of living artists’ work and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual arts culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.
The roster of 2021 artists includes:
Luke Alex Atkinson
Luis Cruz Azaceta
Maria de Bellorin
Andrew Buckner Lyman
Kenneth Scott, Jr.
Kelsey Scult, Music by Sava Wolf
John and Erin Wales
“I feel incredibly honored to have been asked to jury Ogden Museum’s Louisiana Contemporary exhibition,” shares Hallie Ringle, Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. “It’s clear from the many wonderful submissions that these artists are at the forefront of contemporary art and are inspired by the extraordinary events of the past year. Though it was difficult to narrow down, I was drawn to this group of artists for their insightful perspectives and innovative practices that speak to life in Louisiana today.”
Each year, with support from The Helis Foundation, Ogden Museum honors four of the presenting artists, highlighting some of the most provocative and compelling works in the exhibition. The four awards come with cash prizes and special recognition at the Museum. The recipient of the lead award, The Helis Foundation Art Prize, will receive the unrestricted amount of $5,000.
“With the opening of the 2021-22 edition of Louisiana Contemporary, Ogden Museum will have presented 780 works by 489 artists since the exhibition first began in 2012,” says William Pittman Andrews, Executive Director of Ogden Museum. “With the support of The Helis Foundation, Louisiana Contemporary has served as a platform for artistic expression for a decade, helping to lift up the incredible artistic talent in the state of Louisiana. This year’s exhibition speaks to very serious issues in our world today, such as inequality and social justice and the severe impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
In addition to Hallie Ringle, prior jurors of Louisiana Contemporary have included René Morales, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); David Breslin, Director of Curatorial Initiatives at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Courtney J. Martin, Director of the Yale Center for British Art and former Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Dia Art Foundation; Shantrelle P. Lewis, an independent curator, author, and documentarian; and Bill Arning, former Director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host a public opening reception for Louisiana Contemporary on August 7 from 6 to 9 p.m., in connection with White Linen Night, an annual community arts event in the Arts District of New Orleans. This public opening reception will also serve as a 10 year reunion for all current and former Louisiana Contemporary artists to gather, connect and celebrate.