Art Talk Monday: Peach Festival Art Exhibit

Every year, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) sponsors a juried art show in conjunction with the annual Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival. The 24th Annual Peach Art Exhibit will run Monday, June 20, through Sunday, June 26. Artists are not required to submit artwork to NCLAC for review in advance, but all work must be dropped off at the Ruston Civic Center between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 16. At this time, all two-dimensional works must be dry, framed, and wired for hanging. Adults and children may submit work to the Peach Art Exhibit, and subject matter does not have to include peaches. However, NCLAC asks that artists attempt to select works that will benefit a large section of the viewing community from seniors to school-aged children. Artists may submit in as many of the available categories as they like, but submissions will be limited to two per category. Adult categories include 1) opaque (oils, acrylic, and mixed media painting); 2) transparent (water media painting, batik, and mixed water media); 3) miscellaneous (drawing, printmaking, pastels, computer art, and collage); 4) original crafts (sculpture, pottery, glass, wood, metal, and fiber art); and 5) photography. Child categories include 1) ages 8 and under, 2) ages 9-12, and 3) ages 13-18.

A NCLAC representative will be available at the Civic Center on the 16th to direct artists and to accept fee payment and entry forms. A non-refundable fee of $15 will be collected for each submission in an adult category, and $10 will be collected for each submission in a child category.

Entry forms can be picked up from the NCLAC offices in the Dixie Center for the Arts at 212 N. Vienna in Ruston, and forms will also be available at the Civic Center on June 17.

After check-in on June 16, NCLAC committee members will decide where to display each work. On June 19, juror Benjamin Hickey will judge the exhibition for awards.

Hickey is the current Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Masur Museum in Monroe, Louisiana. He holds a Master’s degree in art history from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). His research and exhibition interests include contemporary sculpture and social history. Prior to his current position, he served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Art History at Canisius College. He also served as Media Relations Liaison with the UCR ARTSblock and as Exhibition Coordinator for the Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Sunday, June 19 from 2-4 p.m. Ribbon awards will be placed on winning works. Cash awards can be picked up by winners attending the reception, or between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at the NCLAC offices in the Dixie Center for the Arts.

In each adult category, first place will receive $100, second place will receive $75, and third place will receive $50. In each child category, first place will receive $40, second place will receive $30, and third place will receive $20. Honorable mention ribbons and a “Best of Show” award of $150 will also be given.

In addition to distribution of cash awards for the exhibition, NCLAC will be holding its annual Arts Afloat grand prize drawing for $10,000 at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, during the reception.

The exhibit will last through the conclusion of the Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival, and all artwork must then be picked up between 10 a.m. and noon on Monday, June 27.

NCLAC will not be responsible for work left at the Civic Center.

For the last few years, NCLAC’s annual Peach Art Exhibit has averaged 85 participants, and this year, we hope to reach 100. Help NCLAC make the 24th Annual Peach Art Exhibit the most successful yet. For more information, please call the NCLAC offices at 318-255-1450 or email us at