The St. Tammany Art Association presents its 53rd National Juried Artists Exhibition, The Summer Show, opening, Saturday, July 14, 2018. The opening reception will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission is free.
A total of 336 works were submitted by 121 artists representing 22 states, with 28 selected for exhibition. The Summer Show is open to artists nationwide who must submit works completed in the past two years.
This year the exhibition is juried by Katie Pfohl, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art for the N.O. Museum of Art. Pfohl previously served as a curator at the LSU Museum of Art, and possesses a wide range of academic and curatorial experience, having worked in three of the premier art museums in the country—the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2006, she completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, a widely respected contemporary art residency program that invites curators, artists and scholars from around the world to participate in a year-long seminar on pressing issues in contemporary art and culture. Modern and contemporary art was also a major focus of Pfohl’s Ph.D. at Harvard University in 2015.
The $1,000 Best of Show Award is funded by Heather Case in memory of her grandmother, Miriam Barranger. Additional funding for awards is provided by Roberta D. Bruck, Carlos Sanchez and Gail & Henry Hood.
The exhibition ends on August 18, 2018 with a closing reception 6-9 pm featuring conversations with the artists. Admission to the receptions and gallery is free and open to the public. For more information, contact The St. Tammany Art Association at 985-892-8650.
This event is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.
St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 North Columbia Street in historic downtown Covington.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Meet the Artist: Meet one of the artist’s participating in this year’s show!
My name is Billie Whittington. I attended Southwest Mississippi Community College, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Louisiana State University and Tulane University. I have the esteemed honor of being selected to participate in the 53rd National Juried Artists Exhibition “The Summer Show” at the St. Tammany Art Association in Covington, Louisiana. Two of my archival inkjet print photographs have been selected for the show this year. Selected were “Brianna” and “Out of Line”. Both images were taken in Pike County of Mississippi native girls. The girls are Katelyn Randol and Brianna Smith.
This is my second time being asked to join the annual exhibition. The first time my work “Untitled V” won the photography award at the St. Tammany Art Association’s 48th National Juried Artist Exhibition in 2013.
Also in 2013, my work, “Living in New Orleans”, received honorable mention at Tulane University’s Undergraduate Juried Exhibition 2013. The Juror was Richard McCabe.
In December that same year, 2013, my father passed away in McComb, MS. I haven’t participated in the art community very much since then. However, five years later, I am excited to be invited to participate once again.
My current work encompasses evoking emotions I remember from childhood and young adulthood. My photographs are becoming more autobiographical as I attempt to find scenes that expose memories I wish to study further. I am interested in replicating the aforementioned emotions artistically for this project to possibly allow healing.
I grew up in southeast Louisiana in a mostly indigent environment. Several of my photographs depict children in silent moments of solitude. I hope that through the photographs, the viewer can feel the emotion I intended to capture.