“Art scene converges at Louisiana Contemporary reception”

Seventy-eight original works, 48 artists: the 2016 Louisiana Contemporary presented by the Helis Foundation debuted at a VIP reception at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Friday (Aug. 5). The exhibition officially opens tonight during Whitney White Linen Night.

The juried exhibition highlights Louisiana artists, with best in show, second place, third place and honorable mentions awarded. This year’s juror was Bill Arning, director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, who announced the 2016 winners at the reception: Best in Show: Luis Cruz Azaceta, Heroes Tale (acrylic on canvas); First Place: Ronna Harris, Anonymous Male #3 (oil); Second Place: Troy Dugas, Francesco (mixed media painting collage on wood panel); Third Place: Peter Horjus, David, A Series of Men #1 (used men’s shirts, cotton and cotton blend fabric, cotton batting, cotton thread); and Honorable Mentions: Abdi Farah, Terrible Fans (nylon, chenille patches, fringe); Adrione Domino, The Inheritance (digital video); Ryan Sartin, Cosmic Ash Flower Bed (palm ash on fabric stuffed with blankets), Maxx Sizeler, Boyhood Dream – First Time at the Beach (acrylic on canvas), and Xavier Juarez, I Lied About Where I Was (video).

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