NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation, the annual juried exhibition at Ogden Museum of Southern Art (Museum), will close on Sunday, Feb. 7. The exhibition features 56 contemporary artists from across the state whose works were selected by guest juror René Morales, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). To celebrate the conclusion of the exhibition, the Museum has announced a series of events closing weekend, including a virtual tour of the exhibition, an online panel discussion, and a free admission day on Feb. 7.

“We are continuously inspired by the vision and innovation of the selected artists, whose work engages with both formal and conceptual dialogues within contemporary practice, as well as with many of the most pressing social, cultural and political issues of our time,” says William Pittman Andrews, Executive Director of Ogden Museum of Art. “We look forward to celebrating these 56 outstanding Louisiana artists one last time before the conclusion of 2020’s Louisiana Contemporary.”

The schedule of events includes:

Virtual Tour led by René Morales (February 6 at 12 p.m. CT)

The virtual tour, led by Juror René Morales, will be available through the Museum’s website, as well as video libraryexhibition page and O Blog, on Saturday, February 6. 

Live panel with Louisiana Contemporary artists and jurors (February 6 at 2 p.m. CT)

Join the Museum online for a live panel discussion about Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation, on Saturday, February 6 moderated by Executive Director William Pittman Andrews.

Panelists include the following jurors and artists:

  • René Morales, 2020 Juror, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami
  • David Breslin, 2019 Juror, Director of Curatorial Initiatives at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York
  • Wendo Brunoir, The Helis Foundation Art Prize for Best in Show, 2020
  • Nic Brierre Aziz, First Place, 2020
  • Ann Perich, Third Place, 2020

To join the live panel, guests must register in advance to receive a link to attend on Zoom.

Free Admission Day, courtesy of The Helis Foundation (February 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Guests can enjoy free admission, courtesy of The Helis Foundation, on Sunday, February 7 by reserving a time for their visit in advance of arrival at Museum capacity has been reduced to 50% to comply with city and state guidelines, and mask and social distancing are required.


Additionally, the free admission day will feature a digital scavenger hunt, music by DJ Heelturn, and personalized poetry by Cubs the Poet for Museum guests. The family-friendly digital scavenger hunt is inspired by Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation, and each completed form will be entered for a chance to win prizes, including a family membership (a $125 value). La Cocinita Food Truck will be parked in front of the Museum.