Ogden Museum of Southern Art Announces Artists for the 2024 edition of Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation 41 works by 37 Louisiana Artists will be featured in this year’s juried exhibition

Trenity Thomas, On the Beach with Lemons, 2024, Photographic print, 30 x 45, Courtesy of the artist

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Ogden Museum of Southern Art announced today the artists selected for the 2024 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 juror, Lauren Haynes, Head Curator, Governors Island Arts and Vice President for Arts and Culture at the Trust for Governors Island, has selected 41 works by 37 artists from over one-thousand submissions. Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation will be on view at Ogden Museum August 3 through October 13, 2024.

Ogden Museum first launched Louisiana Contemporary in 2012 to engage artists living in Louisiana and to highlight the dynamism of art practice throughout the state. Since the inaugural exhibition 13 years ago, Ogden Museum has shown works by 569 artists, making Louisiana Contemporary an important moment in the national arts calendar to recognize and experience the spectrum and vitality of artistic voices emanating from New Orleans and in art communities across Louisiana.

The roster of 2024 artists include:

  • Artemis Antippas (New Orleans, LA)
  • Theresa Batty (New Orleans, LA)
  • Erin Bennett (Carencro, LA)
  • Ginina Biondini (Covington, LA)
  • Virginia Candler (New Orleans, LA)
  • Compton III (New Orleans, LA)
  • Anita Cooke (New Orleans, LA)
  • Kristie Cornell (Lafayette, LA)
  • Giancarlo D’Agostaro (Metairie, LA)
  • Janet Dake (New Orleans, LA)
  • Rick Dobbs (New Orleans, LA)
  • Matthew Draughter (New Orleans, LA)
  • Misty Findley (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Kate Gordon (Lafayette, LA)
  • Amber Hart (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Jaelyn ”Yaya” Hill (New Orleans, LA)
  • Warren Irwin (Metairie, LA)
  • Yume Jensen (New Orleans, LA)
  • Miles Jordan (New Orleans, LA)
  • Lillian LaGrange (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Deanna Larmeu (Metairie, LA)
  • Nicholas LiCausi (New Orleans, LA)
  • Shawne Major (Breaux Bridge, LA)
  • Milagros Collective (New Orleans, LA)
  • Cristina Molina (New Orleans, LA)
  • Joelle Nagy (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Cora Nimtz (New Orleans, LA)
  • Nikki Nolan (New Orleans, LA)
  • Pablo Perez (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Peyton Pickenpaugh (New Orleans, LA)
  • Suzanna Scott (Ruston, LA)
  •  Katie Singleton (Folsom, LA)
  • Alexander Stolin (Madisonville, LA)
  • Jill Stoll (New Orleans, LA)
  • Jessica Strahan (New Orleans, LA)
  • Trenity Thomas (Westwego, LA)
  • Meg Turner (New Orleans, LA)

2024 juror Lauren Haynes shares, “I was truly honored to be selected as the juror for the 2024 edition of Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation. I enjoyed having the opportunity to see over 1,100 artworks by 367 artists living and working in Louisiana. I’m very much looking forward to seeing all the works in person during White Linen Night weekend in August!”

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 grants and special recognition at the Museum. The recipient of the lead award, The Helis Foundation Art Prize, will receive the unrestricted grant of $5,000. Awards will be given by Haynes at a private reception for Louisiana Contemporary artists on August 2, and will be publicly announced on August 3.

Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation, will open to the public on August 3, during Fidelity Bank White Linen Night, a community celebration of art and culture.

Louisiana Contemporary is made possible by presenting sponsor, The Helis Foundation. Stay tuned for more information on special programming for the 2024 edition of Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation.

About Lauren Haynes

Lauren Haynes is the Head Curator of Governors Island Arts and Vice President for Arts and Culture at the Trust for Governors Island. Prior to joining the Governors Island Arts, Haynes was the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programs at the Queens Museum in Queens, New York; Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; and Director of Artist Initiatives and Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas. Haynes led the inaugural visual arts programming for the Momentary when it opened to the public in February 2020. Haynes’s recent curatorial projects include Lyle Ashton Harris: Our first and last love (co-curator, 2023); The Power of Portraiture: Recent Acquisitions (2022); Beyond the Surface: Mixed Media and Textile Works from the Collection (2022); Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now (co-curator, 2022); Kenny Rivero: The Floor is Crooked (2021); Crystal Bridges at 10 (2021); Sarah Cain: In Nature (2021); State of the Art 2020 (co-curator, 2020); and The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art (co-curator, 2018).

Prior to joining Crystal Bridges, Haynes spent nearly a decade at The Studio Museum in Harlem. As a specialist in African-American contemporary art, Haynes curated dozens of exhibitions at the Studio Museum and contemporary art institutions in New York. Haynes serves on the board of the Association of Art Museum Curators and on the visiting committee for the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College. Haynes was a 2018 Center for Curatorial Leadership fellow and a recipient of a 2020 ArtTable New Leadership Award. In 2023, President Joe Biden appointed Haynes to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, on which she currently serves.

About Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana since 1999 and open to the public since 2003, Ogden Museum of Southern Art invites visitors to experience and learn about the artists and culture of the American South. Ogden Museum is home to a collection with almost five thousand works, making it the largest publicly available and most comprehensive repository dedicated to Southern art in the nation, with particular strength in the genres of Self-Taught art, Regionalism, Photography and Contemporary Art. The Museum is further recognized for its original exhibitions, public events and educational programs, which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature, culinary heritage and craft and design.

Ogden Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Museum is located at 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. For more information visit ogdenmuseum.org or call 504.539.9650.