Ogden Museum of Southern Art is Now Taking Artist Submissions for Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation: Whitney Museum’s David Breslin Announced as 2019 Juror

NEW ORLEANS — The Ogden Museum of Southern Art welcomes Louisiana artists to submit their work for this year’s Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation, now until June 5 at 5 p.m. This annual juried exhibition will be on view at the Ogden Museum August 3, 2019  – January 5, 2020.

For the last eight years, Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by the Helis Foundation has been an opportunity for the Ogden Museum to highlight Louisiana’s contemporary art culture. In 2018, the exhibition featured work by 24 artists from across the state with 34 works of art on view.

The 2019 juror of Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation is David Breslin, the DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host an opening reception for Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation on August 3 in connection with Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, an annual event in the Arts District of New Orleans.

Artists may find submission instructions at ogdenmuseum.org/lac2019.

If you have questions regarding Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation, please contact Samantha Scoggins at sscoggins@ogdenmuseum.org or 504.539.9604.

About Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation

Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation is a statewide juried exhibition organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Established in 2012, this annual event promotes contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides an exhibition space for the exposition of living artists’ work and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual arts culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising international art center. This year marks eight years of commitment to this community of Louisiana artists.

Cash awards will be presented to first, second and third prize, in addition to the Best in Show recipient who will receive The Helis Foundation Art Prize of $5,000.

About David Breslin

David Breslin is the DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Prior to joining the Whitney, Breslin was the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Chief Curator at the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas. Previously, he was Associate Director, Research and Academic Program and Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. At the Whitney, Breslin has organized the exhibitions Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s and Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900-1960. He also co-organized David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night and An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017.

Breslin has also organized exhibitions such as Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith and Monet | Kelly at the Clark Art Institute and co-curated Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950-1975. His exhibition, The Condition of Being Here: The Drawings of Jasper Johns, opened at the Menil Collection in 2018. Breslin is also overseeing the catalogue raisonné of the drawings of Jasper Johns. He has written essays on the work of, among others, Valentin Carron, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jenny Holzer, Cady Noland, Pablo Picasso and Paul Thek. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College, a master’s in art history from Williams College and a Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture from Harvard University.

About the Ogden Museum

Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art and is recognized for its original exhibitions, public events and educational programs which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature and culinary heritage to provide a comprehensive story of the South. Established in 1999 and in Stephen Goldring Hall since 2003, the Museum welcomes almost 85,000 visitors annually, and attracts diverse audiences through its broad range of programming including exhibitions, lectures, film screenings and concerts which are all part of its mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.

The Ogden Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. for Ogden After Hours. Admission is free to Museum Members and $13.50 for adults, $11 for seniors 65 and older, $6.75 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5.

The Ogden Museum is free to Louisiana Residents on Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. courtesy of The Helis Foundation. The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation, established by the William Helis Family. The Art Funds of the Helis Foundation advance access to the arts for the community through contributions that sustain operations for, provide free admission to, acquire works of art and underwrite major exhibitions and projects of institutions within the Greater New Orleans area.

The Museum is closed Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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

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