Artists from across Louisiana will be in the spotlight for this 10th anniversary Art Melt, the state’s largest multi-media, juried art exhibit.
“The great thing about Art Melt is that there is work from artists from towns you’ve never heard of,” said John Jackson, the founder Art Melt, which is sponsored by Forum 35. “It’s so great to see the talent that comes from these towns. And it’s always been great to hear the jurors talk about the talent we have in Louisiana. They’re amazed.”
A Preview Party kicks things off on Friday, and Saturday’s opening, which is free, includes a lineup of live musical entertainment and cultural entertainment, featuring the Bedlamville Triflers, Captain Green, Hazy Ray, The Scorseses, the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Swine Palace, the Star Poetry Slam, the Valkyrie Rouge Tribal Belly Dance, Mary Broussard & Sweet LaLa, Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap and Minos the Saint. Add the annual arts market, and the list is complete.
“It will be the largest arts market for Art Melt,” said exhibit chair Rebecca Alexander.
Though the entertainment is varied and plentiful, the exhibit takes center stage.
“We have close to 70 pieces of artwork in this year’s show,” Alexander said. “There were 615 pieces submitted, and the jurors whittled it down to 70.”
Each year from a pool of art professionals, three jurors are chosen to represent the Baton Rouge area, the southeast region and the national art scene.
This year’s jurors are Jordana Pomeroy, executive director of the LSU Museum of Art; Susan Edwards, executive director and CEO of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tenn.; and Jo-Anne Birnie Danzler, director of the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Wash.
Cash prizes, ranging from $500 to $2,000, are awarded.
Art Melt will be on display at the Louisiana State Museum’s Capitol Park Museum on Fourth Street through Labor Day, Sept. 2.