Alexandria, Louisiana – July 31, 2018:
2018 Juror William U. Eiland, of Sprout, Georgia, director of the
Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia.
The 31st September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art’s International juried exhibition, received 500 entries this year, from artists around the globe, and from all over Louisiana. AMoA invites all artists over the age of 18, working in any media, to submit work created in the last two years for potential exhibition. Of those entries, only 50 were selected by this year’s guest juror, William U. Eiland, of Sprout, Georgia, director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia.
Eiland has a bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia. Eiland has edited and contributed to more than 60 publications. He has served on the boards of the American Alliance of Museums, the Southeastern Museums Conference and the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries; was a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors; and was chairman of the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Advisory Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 2013 he has been a trustee of the International Council of Museums. Among his many honors, Eiland, in 2013, received the American Alliance of Museums Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his contributions to the field on a national level. Most recently, in October 2017, he received a Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities for his service to Georgia.
Eiland said, on being a juror, “The process involved my outright acceptance or rejection of an entry, which was relatively easy to do. Works of quality in thought and execution distinguish themselves quickly at least to my eye. The opposite situation is also true: a work that is sentimental, badly presented, or carelessly or superficially conceived makes itself immediately apparent as well. Most problematic then was the group of “maybes,” where this juror spent a great deal of time in a quandary of deliberation. Most of these works deserved consideration, often for the mastery of the technique or the expression of meaning, whether entirely subjective or not. Were it possible, I would have suggested a salon des refusés to accompany the exhibition of those chosen for the “main” galleries.”
Entries to the 31st September Competition were submitted earlier in the year, via an online submission process, from artists from many countries and states. Though submissions come from all over, Central Louisiana artists are always among those submitting. Though the exhibition is blind juried, with names and locations being kept from juror, local artists always seem to make it though the process, demonstrating the level of art that is being produced right here in our area. Art professor and working artist, Michael Yankowski, of Natchitoches, La, is one of the local artists selected for this year’s exhibition, and has been featured in previous ones as well. Yankowski said in a recent interview with AMoA Educator Cindy Cooper Blair, “In the September Competition, there were 500 entries and (the juror) chose 50 pieces. To me, that number is very important. That means only 10% of the entries made it into the show. I always ask the ratio when I get into a show. It’s kind of like my credit score.The larger the number you were competing against, the more validating it is to make it into the show. I’m entering locally, and if I see entries from Hawaii, and New York City, and California, then I feel like I’m doing pretty good.” In addition to being in the September Competition, he is one of the Louisiana artists in AMoA’s Permanent Collection.
Reflecting trends in contemporary art across the country and beyond, artists selected for the 31st September Competition represent 3 countries, 18 states, and 35 cities. Artists selected for 2018 are:
Marie-Ange Ackad, Andy Astencio, Brandin Barón, Emmett Barnacle, Anne Bascove, David Blow, Dana Brown, McCormick Brubaker, Campbell Critz, Jeff Chyatte, Nicolas Coleman, Harriett Cortez, Robert Creighton, Karen deClouet, Christian Duran, Beth Edwards, Michael Elliott-Smith, Lisa Flowers Ross, Ernie Fournet, Donna Futrell, Laura Gates, Jeffrey Gelick, Lucretia Glorioso, Gwen Gunter, Dorothy Hanna, Anne Harkness, Dee Hood, Kathryn Jill Johnson, Guntis Lauzums, Craig LeBlanc, Jenna Lynch, Roberta Masciarelli, Donna Meeks, Sarah Merola, Paul Murray, Mihee Nahm, Jeffrey Neumann, Clark Nunn, Elizabeth Panzer, Thomas Pickarski, Katrina Ruhmland, Art Vandenberg, Margaret White, Michael Yankowski, Rick Yasko
International: Quebec, Canada (1), Ontario, Canada (1), Greece (1)
United States: Alabama, California (2), Florida (4), Georgia (2), Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana (10), Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New York (6), North Carolina (3), Rhode Island (2), Tennessee, Texas (5), Wisconsin.
The 31st September Competition opened on July 6, 2018, with an AMoA Member Preview and Opening Reception, and is on view October 20, 2018. The 31st September Competition also includes awards for outstanding pieces within the show. Before the opening reception, the juror will select the awards to be announced at the reception. The competition also features a purchase award which will be selected by the museum staff and collections committee and announced at the end of the exhibit.
Opening in tandem with this exhibition, Une Place à la Table: Louisiana Artists Pay Tribute to CODOFIL exhibition will be on view in AMoA’s Media Room gallery. The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) was founded in 1968. To celebrate CODOFIL’s fiftieth birthday, more than fifty Louisiana artists and craftsmen have produced works for exhibits in three locations throughout the state during 2018. The CODOFIL tribute begins on July 6 at the Alexandria Museum of Art, in tandem with the opening of their summer art exhibits.
Among the 26 featured artists are muralist Robert Dafford, painters Vergie Banks and Melissa Bonin, wood carvers Kelly Guidry and Chestee Harrington. Works in the exhibit range from paintings and etchings to carvings, ceramics and textile arts.
Sponsored by the Louisiana Crafts Guild, the three CODOFIL exhibits honor the organization for preserving Louisiana’s French language and the enduring heritage conferred by early French-speakers. Thanks to the work of CODOFIL over the years, the deep, French-based culture is understood, appreciated, and given Une Place à la Table, a place at the table.
According to Burnell Lemoine, project coordinator, viewers will be greeted by une tasse de café at the entrance to the gallery exhibit, symbolic of the hospitality shown in the homes of French descendants. “Viewers can then explore the art works as individual reminders of the language, traditions, and culture that CODOFIL has encouraged us to preserve. We dance to Cajun and Zydeco music, take part in the Courir de Mardi Gras, enjoy communal boucheries, and gather around the tables in our homes and cafes to drink coffee and speak our local French language,” explained Lemoine.
The exhibit at the Alexandria Museum of Art runs through July and August. Future exhibits will be hosted by Vermilionville in Lafayette from August through September, and at the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge from September through August. Showcasing life in Louisiana, the artworks collectively recognize CODOFIL’s fiftieth birthday, wishing the organization, “Bon anniversaire!”
In November, AMoA will officially connect the Museum’s luminary endeavors with exhibitions through an exhibit entitled Hari & Deepti: Light by the Forest. Husband and wife artists Hari and Deepti create cut paper shadow boxes which tell stories. These works delve into fantastic and imaginative subjects, exploring fairy tales and more with intricate designs and lights. The exhibition will also include a special feature – an installation made out of cut paper which will invite visitors to explore the work even more deeply as they walk through the artists’ creation.
Husband and wife art duo Harikrishnan Panicker & Deepti Nair (known as Hari & Deepti) began experimenting with paper and lights in 2010, creating illuminated cut paper sculptures which tell stories. Based in Mumbai, Hari and Deepti have traveled and worked throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. Their intricate cut paper boxes and installations feature stories and fairytales, drawing the viewer into the depths of the work. Their work has been featured by leading design magazines, blogs like Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Design Taxi, Colossa, Arrested Motion, and Instagram. They have also been published in books like Paperworks by Gingko Press and Dance of Paper. They have done numerous shows at Black Book Gallery in Denver, Spoke Art in San Francisco, and at the Blankspace Gallery in Oslo, Norway. They have also shown at prestigious art fairs like Scope Miami, Scope New York, Select New York, & Context Art. The artists will come for a two week residency, beginning at the end of October, teaching an adult art class as well as helping prepare for the exhibit and attending the opening.