Member news, and other regional art updates and opportunities

It’s spring, and the whirlwind of activity has my spirit full.

Today’s post is full as well, so let’s get started with the news!

Member News:

First up, Hooshang Khorasani currently has a solo exhibition in Bossier City at 1800 Prime in Boomtown Casino, as part of Bossier Arts Council’s exhibition series. His April 4 reception includes wine-tasting and a $15 entry fee.

Jerry Berg, of Louisiana Tech University, will be exhibiting at Livaudais Studio in Monroe for the April 4 Downtown Gallery Crawl. New works will be shown for this one night only event, and Jerry will give an artist’s talk at 6pm.

Congratulations to Christiane Drieling of Brush Hour Studio, who has been hired to teach art at Montessori School of Ruston. If your child attends Montessory School of Ruston, they will learn so much from Christiane.

Jake Dugard, from Louisiana Tech’s SoA Graduate program, will be interning at Hatch Show Print this summer in Nashville. Way to go, Jake!

Dorene Kordal of Fabulous Felt has been invited on an all expenses paid trip to Peru Moda because of her award winning wool felt stitch sampler. Peru–whoo-hoo! AND, Dorene will be blogging about her experience here on our blog upon her return.

At the Louisiana Tech Annual Student Show, currently on display in the School of Art, three NCLAC members won Red River Paper Honorable Mention Awards: Sophia Maras (our recently-moved Gallery Coordinator), Peter Hay and Casey Parkinson. Congratulations!

Next, our very own technical writing intern, Jennifer Downs, was awarded the opportunity to present a paper at the Sigma Tau Delta conference in Portland, Oregon last week. We are proud for you!

Calls for Entry:

Interactive Art Exhibition presented by Alexandria Museum of Art
Friday, May 10, 2013, 4–9pm & Saturday, May 11, 2013, 9am–7pm
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 11, 2013
Alexandria Museum of Art is seeking artists to participate in the first annual Interactive Art Exhibition taking place on public sidewalks, green spaces, and streets along the riverfront area of downtown Alexandria during the 2013 Annual Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™. Drawing over 10,000 attendees and 1,000 race participants, Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™ on the scenic Red River viewed from the amphitheater in downtown Alexandria, Louisiana is a spirited day of racing features more teams, food, elaborate costumes, and entertainment on and off the water than ever before. The Interactive Art Exhibition presented by Alexandria Museum of Art will feature art that is highly interactive and invites participation, inspired by local community themes and the spirit of the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™. Artists will have an opportunity to create new work, showcase their creativity to a large audience, and interact with the public, alongside food vendors, live music, and race spectators. Interactive art may require human interaction to complete the piece; involve the community and the audience in its creation; prompt the viewer to act; incorporate multi-sensory elements; prompt people to interact with one another; respond to participants and its environment; cause people to reflect on the larger community; respond to the community’s culture, needs, and environment in an innovative and unique way. Honorariums in varying amounts will be awarded to each selected artist or collective. For more information on how to submit a proposal: https://www.facebook.com/events/478623825526828/

NCLAC’s is now accepting artist entries for our exhibition spaces at Crescent City, Dixie Center Lobby, the Bridge Project with Bossier Arts Council, and early notification for large group shows in a new space being renovated at Louisiana Tech University’s Student Center. Here is more information. The application is available in ‘the box’ at the bottom of your screen.Big_News_clip_art_88125135_std.329233502_std

Fundraisers:

The Twin City Art Foundation and the Masur Museum of Art are asking artists to help with our annual fundraiser. The Off-the-Wall Fundraiser will include a silent auction. Please consider contributing a work of art to this important cause! The money raised will help fund upcoming exhibitions, educational outreach, and educational programming for adults and children. It’s your last chance to participate in this worthwhile and, frankly, very fun event! See more details here.

NCLAC’s Keep the Arts Afloat fundraiser is here! This annual event makes the arts council possible. We sell only 250 tickets, for $100 donations, and then we give away $5000. It’s great odds, and it’s a great way to make a tax-deductible donation. See any NCLAC board member to make your donation and get your ticket, call our office t 255-1450, or stop by the Dixie Center for the Arts at 212 North Vienna, Monday-Thursday from 9-3.

The Masur Museum of Art Presents Two New Exhibitions

OUTSIDE IN 
& 
John James Audubon
Both exhibitions open to the public February 10 – April 21, 2012

Programming

Panel Discussion: The Power of Murals
The exhibiting artists from Outside In, along with Curator Benjamin Hickey and Director Evelyn Stewart, will discuss murals, cultural dialogs within public art, and the exhibition.
Thursday, February, 23, 5:15 p.m. Free and open to the public

Free Children’s Drop-In Activities
Our Drop-In Activities are an opportunity for parents and children to interact creatively while making an art project. Free and open to the public
Saturday, February 11, 2-5 p.m.
•Saturday, March 3, 2-5 p.m.

Saturday, April 7, 2-5 p.m.
A special art project with Artist in Residence Alberto Rey and an educational station with Dennis Bell from the ULM Natural History Museum

OUTSIDE IN
Five Louisiana artists, each with a different artistic approach, will transform the Masur Museum’s galleries by creating large murals directly on our gallery walls. The featured artists are, Troy Malmstrom, Jason Byron Nelson, Vitus Shell, Joey Slaughter, and Allen Spurlock. Their work will reflect the historic importance and power of murals as an expression of (or vehicle for) societal change. In doing so, their work will bring to mind the Works Progress Administration as well as the art of Diego Rivera, Banksy, Thomas Hart Benton, David Siqueiros, Shepard Fairey, and more. Murals are often taken for granted as pleasant tableaux or forgotten by institutions that ought to maintain this form of expression but do not because it cannot be possessed as a valuable artifact or easily displayed as part of their programming. The Masur has turned its back on that museum paradigm by simply embracing its identity as a site of social and artistic experimentation with this temporary exhibition. OUTSIDE IN shows our dedication to re-examining murals as a relevant art form by bringing it to the forefront of artistic dialogs in Northeast Louisiana.

John James Audubon
This exhibition is a survey of prints by the famed wildlife painter of the same name. Its thematic thrust is the importance of the printmaking process to his career. The context of when or how an edition of Audubon’s work was struck is an interesting and sometimes overlooked window into the artist’s life, business practices, and legacy. John James Audubonwill contain some of the artist’s most iconic art, but also lesser known works, such as a selection of North American quadrupeds. John James Audubon is not to be missed!

For more information about our programs and exhibitions, please emailinfo@masurmuseum.org, call us at 318.329.2237, “like” us on Facebook, or visitwww.masurmuseum.org. The Masur Museum of Art is located at 1400 South Grand Street, Monroe, LA 71202. We are open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays, Noon – 5 p.m.

Masur Museum to Host Classes

New Art Class for Adults!

 Printmaking Class with Marie Bukowski

 Explore printmaking through monotype and collagraph.

 This class takes place over two days:

Friday, September 9, 2011, 6 – 8 pm

and

Saturday, September 10, 2011, 9 am – 4 pm

Masur Museum Carriage House

$170 non – members / $130 museum members

 What you learn

The Masur Museum of Art has a new etching press! Explore printmaking through monotype and collagraph. This class is for adult students interested in learning about printmaking. No printmaking experience is necessary –beginners welcome! On the first night of class students will learn about printmaking and see live demonstrations. During the class on Saturday, students will create their own works of art to take home.

 Monotype printing will allow you to achieve painterly images with subtle variations.  A collagraph print is created by printing a plate possessing the inked matrix of collaged, relatively flat materials, which allow the replication of a variety of shapes, textures and images. These processes can stand alone or be combined with each other. Although this medium is closely connected with the printmaking process through materials and equipment, many monotype artists approach it as painters, not as printmakers.  The impressions these artists create can be aptly termed painterly prints as they bring a painterly process into printmaking.

About Marie Bukowski

Bukowski is an internationally recognized printmaker, included in public collections and museums in countries such as Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Spain. In her relatively short career, she has already had sixteen solo exhibitions, thirty-six invitational exhibitions, and fifty-one juried exhibitions; twenty-two of which are on the international level. Bukowski has received eight artist-in-residence positions with prestigious institutions such as Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Anchor Graphics in Chicago, Illinois, the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium and Milkwood International in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. She has received over a dozen grants to support her work since 2002 including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Bukowski is represented by Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana and Stowarzyszenie Miedzynarodowe Triennale Grafiki in Krakow, Poland. Bukowski enjoys teaching introductory through graduate level printmaking, freshman design, figure drawing, and graduate seminar at Louisiana Tech.

            Supported in part by a grant from Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation

 To Register

Contact Evelyn Stewart or Jenny Burnham at (318) 329-2237 or email info@masurmuseum.org.