At the July 14 opening reception of St. Tammany Art Association’s 53rd National Juried Artists Exhibition, awards were presented to six artists selected by juror Katie Pfohl.
The juror’s selection for Best of Show was Ghislaine Fremaux’s “Ella,” honored with a $1,000 award funded by Heather Case in memory of her grandmother and STAA co-founder, Miriam Barranger. Funding for additional awards was provided by Roberta D. Bruck, Ph.D. and Gail and Henry Hood. The Second Place award of $750 was presented to Genevieve Armstrong’s “Possum King No. 3,” and the Third Place $500 award winner was Tamara Robertson’s “Calculated Chaos.” Honorable Mentions, each honored with $250 awards, were Lisa Myers Bulmash’s “Tourist,” Cherie Truesdell’s “Tangled” and Billie Whittington’s “Brianna.”
Currently serving as the curator of modern and contemporary art at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Pfohl holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She has served as a curator at the LSU Museum of Art, and also has worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 2006, she completed the year-long Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, in which curators, artists and scholars discussed issues relating to contemporary art and culture.
“I was so impressed with the high quality of submissions of artworks from artists across the country,” said Pfohl. “In selecting artists for such an exhibition, I am always searching for works that marry technical and formal skill with a new or interesting approach to subject matter. I was particularly excited to see so many artists in this group of entries directly engaging or commenting on social and political issues of our day, from ideas about gender and identity to politics and the immigration crisis.”
The Summer Show is open to artists nationwide who must submit works completed in the past two years. In all, a total of 336 works were submitted this year by artists representing 22 states, with 27 pieces selected.
Louisiana artists whose works are part of the exhibition include Cariappa Annaiah and Trent Pechon of Mandeville, Craig Taylor, Folsom, and from Covington, Elisa Gauthreaux, Veronica Hallock and Billie Whittington. Additional Louisiana artists include Peter Barnitz, Kenner, Michael Davis, LaPlace, Michael Elliott-Smith, Alexandria, Jennifer Esneault, Baton Rouge, Tamara Robertson, Oil City, and from New Orleans, Les Schmidt, Robert Vicknair and Megan Wolfkill.
Ten artists from outside Louisiana were selected for the exhibition as well. From Texas, Genevieve Armstrong, Irving, and Sarah DePetris, Dallas, and both from Lubbock, Erika Pochybova and Ghislaine Fremaux. Rounding out the exhibition artists are Andrée B. Carter, Los Angeles, CA; Peter Harrington, Jemez Springs, NM; Lisa Myers Bulmash, Bothell, WA; Alma Shoaf, Gainesville, FL; Cherie Truesdell, Marietta, GA and Meagan Truitt, West Paducah, KY.
The exhibition will conclude on August 18 with an Art Talk at 5:00 p.m. with Pfohl and some of the exhibiting artists. Immediately following is the closing event held in conjunction with Covington White Linen for Public Art, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This exhibition 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.
Events are also made possible through the generosity of STAA’s Season of the Arts Sponsors which include the City of Covington, Edge of the Lake magazine, the English Tea Room, MSH Architects, Avanti Senior Living, CBA/A Taste of Covington, Mo’s Art Supply & Framing, Artesia Apartment Homes, Southern Hotel, Gulf Coast Lanterns, LLC, Liberty Self Storage, Branton Law Firm, Fresh Market, Select Properties and Joel Treadwell, Fine Portraiture.
The St. Tammany Art Association is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2018. The organization’s Art House is located at 320 N. Columbia St. in historic downtown Covington. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Top, Cherie Truesdale’s “Tangled.”
Inset: Lisa Myers Bulmash’s “Tourist,