Call for Artists: 52nd National Juried Exhibition

Our submission deadline has passed, and the exhibition will open July 8, 6 to 9 pm.
Please consider submitting work for the 53rd National Juried Exhibition in 2018!

St. Tammany Art Association announces call for artists in 52nd National Juried Exhibition

The St. Tammany Art Association announces that artists now may apply for the 52nd National Juried Artists Exhibition, better known as the Summer Show. It opens July 8, 2017 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Artists’ awards will be presented at 7 p.m. The exhibition continues through August 19, 2017.

Open to artists from all over the United States, the St. Tammany Art Association’s annual juried exhibition features only visual art completed within the past two years by artists 18 and up. A minimum of $3,000 in cash awards will be presented, including the coveted $1,000 Best of Show prize.

Artists may submit up to three works for consideration, and the entry fee is $35 for one, two or three pieces. For details and to enter, please go to If you do not have an account with Café.org, you will need to create one.

The deadline to enter is May 19, 2017. Accepted artists will be announced on or before May 29.

A Gallery Talk with exhibiting artists will be held during the event (date TBA). The exhibition continues through August 19 with a closing event during Covington White Linen, 6 to 9 p.m. All events are free and open to the public and are presented at the STAA Art House, 320 N. Columbia Street in historic downtown Covington.

The juror for the 2017 Summer Show is William A. “Bill” Fagaly. Fagaly is Curator Emeritus for the New Orleans Museum of Art and the former Francoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art (Retired) at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). During his 50-year tenure with NOMA, he organized more than 90 exhibitions, including: New Orleans Triennial (1967-2001), Treasures of Peter Carl Fabergé and other Master Jewelers from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection (1972), He’s the Prettiest: A Tribute to Big Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana’s Fifty Years of Mardi Gras Indian Suiting (1997), Ancestors of Congo Square: African Art in the New Orleans Museum of Art (2011) and Pierre Joseph Landry: Patriot, Planter, Sculptor (2015). 

Serving as guest curator, Fagaly has been invited by other institutions, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washing, DC, the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, the Museum of American Folk Art (MAFA) in New York City, University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie, the Portland Museum of Art in Oregon and the Springfield Art Museum (SAM) IN Missouri, to produce a variety of exhibitions.

Fagaly is the founder of the Friends of Contemporary Art and Friends of Ethnographic Art at NOMA, co-founder of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, and served as Special Museum Consultant to both the Liberian and Vatican Pavilions for the Louisiana World Exposition. He has also served on selection panels and as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States General Services Administration, the State Arts Councils of Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Wyoming, and the Southern Federation for Arts. He is the founding board member of United States Biennial, Inc., which produced in 2008 in New Orleans Prospect 1, the first United Sates International Art Biennial.  He continues to serve on that board which will produce Prospect 4 Triennial in the fall of 2017. Other boards upon which he sites are the Newcomb Art Museum and A Studio in the Woods, both of Tulane University. He was instrumental in establishing the curatorial code of ethics for the American Association of Museum in 1976.

In 1997 Fagaly received both the City of New Orleans Mayor’s Arts Award and the Louisiana Governor’s Arts Award of Outstanding Arts Patron. In 1999 he was the recipient of the 1998 Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Service Award from the Louisiana Civil Service League. In 2001 he received the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Fellow’ Isaac Delgado Memorial Award for distinguished service to NOMA. In 2006 he was decorated by the French government with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He was a recipient of a Fellowship for Museum Professionals from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1985. With this fellowship he traveled extensively for two months in West Africa visiting six counties studying traditional tribal arts. He served as Guest Lecturer on two world cruises: on the S.S. Rotterdam in 1983 and the HMS Queen Elizabeth II in 1986. In 1977, he worked on a preliminary survey of the Huchuy-Cusco Archaeological Site in the Andes of Peru.

An accomplished writer, Fagaly has published over 100 articles and essays in exhibition catalogs and numerous publications including. He is a 1962 graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Art History. In 1967, he received Master of Arts degree in Art History, also from Indiana University. Prior to coming to New Orleans, he served as the Assistant Registrar for the Indiana University Art Museum.

For information about more upcoming exhibitions, email, and for information on art classes and workshops for adults and “Fingerprints” summer art camps for kids, please call (985) 892-8650 or email

The St. Tammany Art Association is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1957 to enhance life in St. Tammany Parish. Now in its 60th year, the STAA received the President’s Award in the 2016 Parish President’s Arts Awards. The St. Tammany Art Association is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

Pictured: 2016 Best of Show Winner, “Please come in” by Clark Nunn, Cleveland, TX.


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