Ogden Museum of Southern Art Announces Open Call for the 2024 edition of Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation Louisiana Contemporary is Ogden Museum’s Annual Juried Exhibition featuring selected works by Louisiana artists. This year’s juror is Lauren Haynes, Head Curator of Governors Island Arts

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Ogden Museum of Southern Art has opened the call for entries for the Museum’s annual juried exhibition, Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation. In addition to being the presenting sponsor, The Helis Foundation will again present The Helis Foundation Art Prize, a $5,000 award, chosen by the juror and given to an artist in the exhibition in support of their studio and artistic practice. Awards will also be given to first, second and third place winners, selected by the juror.

Louisiana Contemporary is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the state of Louisiana. All work must be original and completed within the last two years (2022-2024).

Important dates:

  •  April 8, 2024 – Call for Entries open www.ogdenmuseum.org
  • May 10, 2024 – Last day for mailed entries to be postmarked
  • May 24, 2024 – Online entries close at 11:59 p.m. CST
  •  Week of July 1, 2024 – Notification of accepted entries will be emailed to all applicants
  • August 3 to October 13, 2024 – Exhibition on view at Ogden Museum of Southern Art

“Ogden Museum is proud to partner with The Helis Foundation once again to present the work of Louisiana artists who make the commitment to live and work in our communities, and to celebrate the diversity and excellence of art of the American South. They are known for the preservation of artistic legacy, and with this exhibition they are pioneering it, too,” says William Andrews, The Helis Foundation Executive Director of Ogden Museum.

2024 guest juror Lauren Haynes, Head Curator of Governors Island Arts and Vice President forArts and Culture at the Trust for Governors Island, will curate a selection of the works submitted, and subsequently choose four award winners to receive further recognition.

Lauren Haynes shares, “I am thrilled to be the juror for the 2024 edition of Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation. I have longed admired the work that Ogden Museum does and I am excited for this opportunity to get to know the work of the amazing artists living in the state of Louisiana.”

Special programming for the 2024 edition of Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation will be announced this summer.

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.

To learn more about Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation and to submit work, please visit https://ogdenmuseum.org/exhibition/louisiana-contemporary-2024/.

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 theSurface: 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.