My painting Pete was juried into the New Orleans Art Association National Exhibition which is currently on view at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts through March 31, 2017. New Orleans is one of my favorite cities and, with the added incentive of an art exhibit, a visit was too tempting to pass up. This past weekend I visited New Orleans to attend the exhibit reception.
We got to the lovely old building that houses the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts to find a hugely successful event in full swing. The rooms were packed and people spilled outside onto the building steps to talk. The gallery walls were graced with some truly beautiful works. There was a vibrant energy in the galleries and I was happy that I made the trip here to see the show.
Having assumed that the award winners had been notified prior to the reception, I was more than a little surprised (and thrilled) to have my painting awarded 2nd place.
1st Place, Southern Soul – Mickey Asche / 2nd Place, Pete – Nicole Moné / 3rd Place, The Sun is New Each Day – Heraclitus – Carol Peebles
1st Place went to Mickey Asche for his beautifully painted pelican entitled, Southern Soul.
3rd Place went to Carol Peebles for her masterful pastel portrait, The Sun is New Each Day – Heraclitus.
Merit Awards went to: Georgie Dussouy, Stephen Magnum, Joan M. Garvey, Sharon Rawlins, Glinda I. Schafer, Paul Hitchen.
I regret not having more photos, but here are few additional paintings from the exhibit:
Congratulations to all the artists selected for the exhibition and to the other award winners!
The founder and director of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Auseklis Ozols, was the juror of both selection and awards for the exhibit – I was fortunate to get to speak with him a while and so enjoyed talking with him. He graciously shared some of his paintings with me, which were a treat to see.
With New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts Founder and Director, Auseklis Ozols
Huge thanks to the wonderful people of the New Orleans Art Association for putting on such a beautiful event and to Auseklis Ozols for selecting my painting for inclusion in the exhibit and for the award. It is a real honor to be a part of this show and to have met so many warm, lovely people.
If you’re lucky enough to be in New Orleans any time this month, do consider checking out the exhibit at the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery 5256 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA. March 4 – March 31, 2017.
With my painting after the awards ceremony
Written by Juror Mr.Auseklis Ozols – published in NOAA National Show 2017 exhibit catalog: To be asked to intermediate, or judge an exhibition, is to assume that it is a respectful approbation of ones career. To single out some work over another is a daunting task. But there must be some standard of judgement, hopefully based on some knowledge of precedents established by art history and aesthetic precepts that we have inherited from the great teachers of the past and present.
I adhere to the classic definition of the Fine Arts where one considers the three crucial elements, The Technical, or the knowledge of the craft, The Aesthetic, or the organization of the plastic values, Line Color Texture Pattern and Form, and the third, the Emotional, or that unconscious element that imbues the work.
This exhibition is an auspicious effort by the NOAA to feature work of a variety of disciplines from a wide geographical area and it is a valuable asset to our artistic community. The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts is pleased to host this noteworthy event.
The New Orleans Art Association History
An art group known as the “Art Association Guild” was founded on October 13, 1952, to support the work of its parent group, the Art Association of New Orleans, which dates back to 1887. By 1907, the Art Association of New Orleans’ annual exhibition attracted artists whose works are now coveted by prominent museums and collectors. Claude Monet, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, George Luks, Robert Henri and others who are equally as important entered these competitions.
When Delgado Museum opened in 1911, the original Art Association was instrumental in acquiring not only fine works for the collections, but also holding exhibitions. In 1960, the Art Association of New Orleans and Delgado Museum merged, now known as the New Orleans Art Association. Delgado created the Artists’ Biennial which was continued by the Museum (now called the New Orleans Museum of Art) until 1977. The present New Orleans Art Association has held 20 national or international art exhibitions as of January 29, 2000, and is now endeavoring to renew this commitment with a national show in 2017.*
*History text from New Orleans Art Association website