Presented by the Helis Foundation, Louisiana Contemporary is the Ogden Museum of Southern Art‘s annual juried exhibition featuring works by artists across the state. For 2020, 55 works by 56 artists were chosen by guest juror René Morales, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami. On view at the Ogden from September 5, 2020 through February 7, 2021, this year’s Louisiana Contemporary exhibit feature works which “are actively engaging with this particular moment in American history, through different media and stylistic and technical approaches.”
The artists selected for the 2020 Louisiana Contemporary exhibit are David Armentor, Nic Brierre Aziz, Jacksun Bein, MaryGrace Bernard, Wendo Brunoir, Kara Crowley, Theresa Crushshon, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Michael Eble, James Flynn, Josiah Gagosian, Mitchell Gaudet, Mike Hartnett, Jordan Hess, Miles Kinney, David Knox, Abbey Kuhe, Charles Muir Lovell, Andrew Lyman, Rikailah Mathieu, Rose McBurney, Rebecca McGirney, Michael McGrane, Greg Miles, Jacob Mitchell, Karen Ocker, Nicole Ockmond, Stephanie Paine, Brendon Palmer-Angell, Carol Peebles, Keith Perelli, Ann Perich, Matthew Phelan, Herb Roe, Brittan Rosendahl, Dan Rule, Claire Christine Sargenti, Cynthia Scott, Isabella Scott, Noamy Sechooler, Joey Slaughter, Alexander Smith, Joshua Smith, Gailene St. Amand, Jill Stoll, Drew Stubbs, Trenity Thomas, Sherry Tipton, Antonia Zennaro and Monica Zeringue.
Morales says of the work represented by the artists, “Beyond purely aesthetic criteria, many of the selected works seem to have deeply absorbed the power and intensity of the current moment, while providing insight into Louisiana’s incredibly rich, multifaceted culture. Through this combination, a lucid picture emerges of how this exceedingly unique context has experienced the tragedies and turmoil that have accompanied the pandemic, and how profoundly and passionately it has internalized the struggle for justice and reform. As a whole, the works embody art’s unique ability to help us understand and process realities that we might otherwise be unable to grasp, much less express and discuss in a constructive manner.”
Four of the Louisiana Contemporary artists wit the most provocative and compelling pieces will be honored with cash prices. A $5,000 Helis Foundation Art Prize will go to the recipient of the lead award.