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Bill Arning, Director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Named 2016 Juror

June 8, 2016 (New Orleans) -The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, with support of The Helis Foundation, will once again produce the exhibition, Louisiana Contemporary, opening on Whitney White Linen Night, August 6, 2016, and on display until September 18, 2016. The annual, state-wide, juried exhibition was established in 2012 to promote contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, to provide exhibition space for the work of living artists, and to engage an audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.

Bill Arning, Director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, will serve as 2016 Juror of Louisiana Contemporary presented by The Helis Foundation.

Louisiana Contemporary presented by The Helis Foundation
August 6 - September 18, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday August 6, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

"It is an honor to be given the opportunity to experience a wide swath of inspired Louisiana artists from which to select the next edition of the Ogden Museum's Louisiana Contemporary," said Arning. "Whenever I jury a regionally defined exhibition its always a pleasure to be reminded of what my ‘outsider's eye' reveals. I'm positive I will encounter an abundance of startling, resonant artistic surprises by Louisiana makers."

"Now in its fifth year, Louisiana Contemporary continues to serve as a rich visual representation of the diverse historic and geographical cultures that comprise the state of Louisiana," said William Andrews, Director of the Ogden Museum. "By providing Louisiana artists, both emerging and established, a venue to showcase their recent work and the innate regional influence therein, the exhibition becomes the newest chapter in our state's artistic and cultural memoir - a vividly illustrated story that transcends the boundaries of the American South."

"The Helis Foundation is committed to sharing important works of art with our community," said David Kerstein, President of The Helis Foundation. "Louisiana Contemporary is a unique opportunity to showcase the fine work of talented Louisiana artists, both emerging and established, at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art."
The 2015 Juror was Brooke Davis Anderson, Executive Director of the international contemporary art triennial, Prospect New Orleans. The 2014 Juror was Jonathan Binstock, Director of the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester. The 2013 Juror was Franklin Sirmans, Director of Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Artistic Director for Prospect.3: Notes for Now. The 2012 Juror was Rene Barrilleaux, Chief Curator at McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.

Submissions for Louisiana Contemporary presented by The Helis Foundation will be accepted until June 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. The competition is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the state of Louisiana. All work must be original and complete within the last two years. To learn more about submission eligibility and criteria, visit

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Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world and is recognized for its original exhibitions, public events, and educational programs which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature, and culinary heritage to provide a comprehensive story of the South. Established in 1999 and in Stephen Goldring Hall since 2003, the Museum welcomes over 77,000 visitors annually, and attracts diverse audiences through its broad range of programming including exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and concerts which are all part of its mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.

The Ogden Museum is open every day but Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and till 8:00 p.m. every Thursday for Ogden After Hours. Admission is free to Museum Members and $13.50 for adults, $11 to seniors 65 and older, $7.25 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5. The Ogden Museum is free to Louisiana Residents on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

The Museum is closed Saturday through Tuesday of Mardi Gras weekend, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The Museum is located at 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. For more information visit or call 504-539-9650.