Sponsored by The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council
Juror: Kerry Inman, Inman Gallery of Houston, TX
Exhibition on view Feb 22 – May 4, 2024
Public Reception: March 21, 2024 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
About the Exhibition
The Masur Museum of Art’s Annual Juried Competition showcases contemporary artists throughout the United States of America working in any medium. First started in 1964, the Annual Juried Competition is the Masur Museum’s longest-running tradition and one of its best-reviewed exhibitions each year. Annually, 700-1000 recent artworks are submitted by artists all over the nation, in all styles and media. The Masur Museum is proud to offer cash awards totaling $3,200.
Announcing this year’s guest juror: Kerry Inman
Kerry Inman is the owner and director of Inman Gallery in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1990, the gallery has hosted over 200 exhibitions in its 33-year history. The gallery represents emerging and established artists with a connection to Texas, as well as the estate of Texas modernist Dorothy Antoinette (Toni) LaSelle. Kerry also serves on the board of the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.
The River is the Road: Paintings by George Rodrigue
April 27 12:00 AM - October 6, 2024 12:00 AM
Born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana, George Rodrigue (1944-2013) received his formal training at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now UL Lafayette) followed by the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. Unlike his classmates, he risked returning home, bravely choosing Louisiana over California and New York to pursue a career in painting. The year was 1969, and Rodrigue felt compelled, he said, “to graphically interpret the Cajun culture,” something the young artist recognized as disappearing in a modern world. His keen observation regarding his heritage, as well as the landscape of Southwest Louisiana, led Rodrigue on an extraordinary artistic and personal journey over the next 45 years. Furthermore, his simple, heartfelt decision to return home to Louisiana ultimately catapulted him to world-renowned status.
Rodrigue noted in his book, The Cajuns of George Rodrigue (1976, Oxmoor House), that when the Cajuns arrived from Canada following Le Grand Dérangement in 1755, “The waterways of Louisiana were the highways. We had no roads; we just had the water. They were the natural fairways for commerce, development, and everything necessary for settlers to expand.”
In Rodrigue’s paintings, the roads and rivers blend as one, and are one and the same. Rejecting the spacious sky of traditional European-style paintings, he pushes a large oak to the front of his canvas, cropping the top of the tree so that the light shines in the distance and is small beneath the branches. In hundreds of his paintings, it is a river or road that invites the viewer into Rodrigue’s imaginary world, one that feels like Louisiana, and onto a painted path that leads to a symbolic, hopeful light.
When the Blue Dog enters Rodrigue’s world, his paintings become increasingly more colorful, reflecting changes in his life and outlook. Unlike the black bayous of his Cajun paintings, Rodrigue’s Blue Dog interpretations are surreal in both design and color. Oftentimes the rivers are blue, red, yellow, and abstracted, blending and swirling almost indiscernibly with the land and sky. Ultimately, paintings from the last year of Rodrigue’s life, as featured in this exhibition, ponder his life’s journey as never before, borrowing from the symbolism of his early paintings and the optimism of his later ones. In these intensely personal expressions, Rodrigue once again invites us into his world with a river, this time contemplating not only his life’s journey and artistic legacy, but also, with hope and curiosity, the next part of his adventure.
Organized by the Life & Legacy Foundation and Art Tour with Wendy Rodrigue
He Stopped Loving Her Today (2013)
Acrylic on canvas
Collection Wendy Rodrigue
Angela Fraleigh: With Ready Eyes
May 23 12:00 AM - August 3, 2024 12:00 AM
Angela Fraleigh earned her MFA from Yale University School of Art and her BFA from Boston University. Her solo exhibitions include Hirschl & Adler Modern and PPOW Gallery in New York, Inman Gallery in Houston, TX, Peters Projects in Santa Fe, NM and James Harris Gallery in Seattle, WA.
Fraleigh has created site-specific solo projects for the Edward Hopper House Museum, the Vanderbilt Mansion Museum, the Everson Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Her work is included in Gilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value & Worth at the Weatherspoon Art museum; traveling to The Hood Art Museum and Hunter Art Museum. Her work can be found in museum collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and she has been the recipient of several awards and residencies including the Yale University Alice Kimball English grant, The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Brooklyn, NY, The CORE program in Houston, TX and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE among others. She currently lives and works in New York, NY and Allentown, PA where she is a Professor at Moravian University.
“What if the female characters we’ve come to know from art history-the lounging odalisques, the chorus that whispers in the background-present more than a voyeuristic visual feast? What if these characters embody a flickering of female power at work? Can we see these passive characters as subversive and powerful? And if we do, how might it affect women today and of the future?” – Angela Fraleigh
Julie Crews: I’ll Be Right With You
August 22 12:00 AM - November 2, 2024 12:00 AM
Julie Crews is an oil painter. She grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, but has called many other places home. A few include northern California, which taught her how to ease into her 20’s; Louisiana, which enriched her southern vision for ten years; and Huntsville, Alabama, where she now lives with her husband and five children. She operates an open studio and gallery in a 122-year-old cotton mill, repurposed as Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment.
Julie paints what takes her out of the studio: the life it takes to nurture a family. When she is in the studio she escapes certain domestic tethers, but on the canvas before her remain the scenes of her life. Fires burn in the backyard. Cars wait at a red light. Children swim and leaves settle on the forest floor. Weather, traffic, landscapes encountered while running errands around town, and her interactions with the people closest to her influence her work, naturally. But recreating these scenes gives permanence to the emotional undercurrents of her life.
I’ll Be Right With You is an ongoing narrative of the pursuit of living a well-curated life, and even though curating her emotions is one of her most challenging charges, Julie Crews does not hold back. With works entitled I Can Do Hard Things and Wake Me Please When This is Over, she is hopeful that every soul viewing the exhibition I’ll Be Right With You will find work that resonates with them in a deep and meaningful way.
Mudlark: Loren Schwerd
November 26, 2022 12:00 AM - February 4, 2023 12:00 AM
Loren Schwerd is an associate professor of sculpture at Louisiana State University where she teaches three-dimensional design and all levels of sculpture. Schwerd’s work repurposes found materials and traditional craft techniques that reside between the pliant categories of sculpture and textiles. Her meticulous handwork obscures distinctions between organic and synthetic matter, communicating opposing suggestions of frailty and resilience and producing a contrast of sensibilities that reflect the discordant relationship between nature and culture.
Joey Slaughter: Things are Heavy
August 25 12:00 AM - November 5, 2022 12:00 AM
Joey Slaughter, an artist working out of Ruston, Louisiana, is an Associate Professor of Art at Louisiana Tech University. He creates abstractions from conversation, as if you could see sound waves from analogue and digital devices passing through and around people. Slaughter has exhibited widely throughout the US in both solo and group exhibitions.
* This exhibition is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. *
Art on Purpose: Creating a Lasting Legacy
August 25, 2022 12:00 AM - February 25, 2023 12:00 AM
Public Reception: January 20, 2022. 5:30 – 7:30 PM.
About the Exhibition and Collectors:
This exhibition is mainly comprised from the art collection of Cheryl and Will Sutton and features works of art by African American artists, focusing on notable artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition also features work borrowed from area African American artists. With this exhibition the Suttons express their passion and a purpose for art in our lives, their love for the people of Louisiana, as well as their family and each other. The Suttons have been active art collectors for 40 years.
Art ignites our passion and fuels our purpose. It outlives all of us and is passed on from generation to generation. Every great civilization is known for its art. From the earliest sparks of creativity found in ancient cave paintings, to great masterpieces from Cleopatra’s tomb and pyramids to Ancient Greece, Rome, and China …to modern day masterpieces collected in museums around the world. Join us for some inspiring moments to reflect on art’s purpose and perhaps find a new passion for art, beauty, and culture and develop a new purpose in your life.
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