Art Talk Monday: Louisiana Purchase Exhibition

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Jes Schrom, Assistant Professor of Photography at Louisiana Tech University Louisiana Tech University School of Art Galleries

Louisiana Purchase: 2nd Biennial National Juried Exhibition           LAPurchase_showgraphic

January 15 - February 19, 2013

Louisiana Purchase is the School of Art’s second national juried exhibition. This is a multi-media show for two and three dimensional works exploring any theme. The School of Art received over 165 submissions for a total of over 800 artworks, many of which were from our region. The overwhelming response reflects a continued commitment and passion for the arts in our communities. We hope that the exhibition not only highlights regional artists, but also exposes all of us to contemporary works created around the country.

After a difficult deliberation, juror Dr. Paul Manoguerra chose 49 artists to share their work in the exhibition. The School of Art would like to thank all of the artists that submitted to the show and encourage all to apply again in 2015.

Statement from juror, Dr. Paul Manoguerra, Chief Curator and Curator of American Art at the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, "As juror for this exhibition, and given the types of art entered via the submission process, I elected to make use of the title and its reference to the early-19th-century land deal negotiated by Thomas Jefferson, and to focus on a single exhibition theme: landscape and the human presence within the landscape. Artists accepted for the biennial display made excellent, contemporary visual use of landscape imagery and environmental motifs: beauty, sublimity, history, maps, agriculture, flora, fauna, shelter, and industry, among others. And, although the call for entries was open to all media, a majority of the works submitted were photographs. As such, photographs of landscapes and the human impact on landscapes compose a significant portion  of Louisiana Purchase.

Juror Manoguerra

Dr. Paul Manoguerra is the Chief Curator and Curator of American Art at the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia. During his decade of service to the museum, he has worked as curator on several award-winning exhibitions, including Classic Ground: Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Painting and the Italian Encounter, The American Scene on Paper: Prints and Drawings from the Schoen Collection and Amazing Grace: Self-Taught Artists from the Mullis Collection. Before coming to the University of Georgia, he previously worked in curatorial roles at the Kresge Art Museum, the Paine Art Center & Gardens, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and taught arts appreciation, art history, and humanities courses at Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, and Lansing Community College. The author of the Georgia Museum of Art’s catalogue, One Hundred American Paintings, Dr. Manoguerra earned his PhD in American Studies from Michigan State University in 2002.

The School of Art at Louisiana Tech University has two gallery spaces available to artists working in all media, including: painting, drawing, video, printmaking, installation, sculpture, photography, ceramics, fiber, and digital works. The mission of the galleries at The School of Art at Louisiana Tech University is to contribute to student and community learning through exposure to the work and philosophy of nationally recognized contemporary artists working in the visual arts.

The gallery committee is a fully volunteer group made up of dedicated Tech faculty, responsible for all exhibitions at the School of Art: Mary Louise Carter, Nicole Duet, Frank Hamrick, Patrick Miller, Jes Schrom, and Joey Slaughter.

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