The exhibition Thirty New Orleans Artists will be held from September 8 to November 3, 2018, in the Second Story Gallery and is a visual arts program of the City of New Orleans' Tricentennial Celebration.
New Orleans has been recognized nationally as an arts center; in July 2015 Hyperallergic reported that New Orleans was rated as the best city for creative workers. The city attracted noted artists to the French Quarter in the past century, commercial galleries continue to flourish on Julia Street in the Warehouse and CBD Arts District, while in the years since Hurricane Katrina, there has been an explosion of art galleries and artists spaces in the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods—in the St. Claude Arts District with Barrister’s Gallery, Second Story Gallery, Staple Goods Gallery, The Front, Good Children Gallery, Antenna, UNO St. Claude Gallery, Parse, Level Art Collective, Catalyst Collective, Politico Pop-Up and the New Orleans Arts Center are just a few of the 30-plus venues that currently showcase this dynamic emerging contemporary art scene.
The Joan Mitchell Center, Prospect New Orleans, and Pelican Bomb where the jurors have recently worked, represent three important contemporary art organizations that have led to the artistic rebirth of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It is hoped the resulting exhibition will reflect the resilience, multiculturalism and dynamism of the visual arts in New Orleans in the year 2018, during an important historical moment.
The St. Claude Arts District—an eclectic alternative art scene downriver from the French Quarter—is exploding with energy during our city’s Tricentennial celebration.
Thirty New Orleans Artists Jurors: Gia M. Hamilton is known for her visionary ability to identify and cultivate support systems. A cultural steward, design thinker and applied anthropologist, Hamilton has spent the last two decades straddling the nonprofit world and corporate America, leveraging her expertise in resource-based economic strategy to move forward new models in capacity building and fundraising. As a model builder, Hamilton co-founded an independent African-centered school, Little Maroons, in 2006; later, she opened an intersectional incubator space, Gris Gris Lab, in 2009 and currently leads the Joan Mitchell Center artist residency program. As the Center Director, Hamilton designed the program as a place-based, community-centered laboratory for visual artists, curators and the creative community with the belief that imagination and creativity are paramount to creating a more equitable and socially just society.
Charlie Tatum is a writer and arts worker based in New Orleans. He currently works as Editorial and Communications Manager at Pelican Bomb. He received a BA in art history from New York University in 2011. In addition to contributing regularly to Pelican Bomb's Art Review, he has written essays and conducted interviews for Art in America, Hyperallergic, Temporary Art Review and Burnaway, and has contributed to catalogs published by Prospect New Orleans, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, UB Art Galleries and the Charlotte Street Foundation. He has previously held positions with Prospect New Orleans, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Lombard Freid Gallery in New York.
Emily Wilkerson is a writer and curator based in New Orleans. Deeply engaged in the concerns and issues of her community, she enjoys writing about contemporary art as a departure point for exploring our shared social and cultural experiences around the globe. Wilkerson has contributed to publications including Pelican Bomb, Art Papers, Burnaway and the exhibition catalogs for Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect.3: Notes for Now and Out of Easy Reach, and her ongoing research focuses on socially engaged art practices and the alternative educational strategies of international artist and curatorial residencies, the latter for which she was awarded the 2011–2012 Neely Macomber Travel Prize. She most recently served as Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at Prospect New Orleans, and has worked on exhibitions and projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Chinati Foundation and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, among others. She completed her master's degree n Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere at the University of Southern California i in Los Angeles in 2012 and holds a B.A. from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.