The Summer Show

The St. Tammany Art Association presents the 51st National Juried Artists Exhibition, The Summer Show. 

Exhibition on display July 9 – August 20, 2016 

Closing Reception: August 20 | 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  during Covington’s White Linen Night

Artists selected for this year’s exhibition come from across the United States. Artists accepted into The Summer Show and in competition for cash prizes are: Cariappa Annaiah, Grace Benedict, Carolyn Biggio, Emily Binder, Stephanie Blumenthal, Carolyn Busenlener, Frances Carville, Jennifer Carwile, Shanna D’Antonio, Michael Eble, Leslie Elliott-Smith, Michael Elliott-Smith, Belinda Flores-Shinshillas, Loveday Funck, John Green, Denise Greenwood Loveless, Charles Gudaitis, Len Heatherly, Brian Huber, Gina Laguna, Tony Lazorko, Bernard Mattox, Emily Morse, Clark Nunn, Otto Ochs, James Overby, James Chris Phillips, Mike Ramsey, Shaun Roberts, Nate Theisen, Robert Warrens, and Francesca Windsor.

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. This year, $3,250 in cash awards including the coveted $1,000 Best of Show prize will be presented at the opening.

Sponsors for this show include Cathy Deano as Exhibition Sponsor and award sponsors Henry and Gail Hood, Maggie McConnell, Carlos Sanchez, Roberta D. Bruck, Ph.D, and the “Miriam Barranger Best of Show Award” sponsored by Heather Barranger Case.

This year, in lieu of a Gallery Talk, artists’ profiles will be featured on social media throughout the duration of the show, which continues through August 20 with a closing event during Covington White Linen Night, 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 2016 Summer Show is Louisiana native Mark Biletnikoff. Biletnikoff has juried the US Congressional Art Competition on an annual basis as well as competitions for the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. Biletnikoff received his Bachelor’s in Visual Art and Painting at Southeastern Louisiana University and his Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design. His work is exhibited in private collections across the United States.

Biletnikoff describes art as his life and passion, driven to promote and expand creative expression with a belief that artists should be able to display what they create. “Many use art history when describing today’s artists…while I promote art future and highlight the diversity of today’s artists, whose visions are built upon experience, talent, passion, and the culmination of how they perceive the world around them.”

In 2005, Mark Biletnikoff founded N the art space in Baton Rouge to provide studio space and exposure for over 40 artists and to support small art businesses, including art, music, and voice education. Begun as an 800-square-foot space in 2005, N the art space is now located in a new, three-building, 13,000-square-foot facility in a prominent area of Baton Rouge. It has been the focus of regional art supporters and across the state in multiple publications, due in large part to Biletnikoff’s efforts to discover and implement new ways to promote the arts in Baton Rouge. In 2014, Biletnikoff created the state-certified Bocage Cultural District and in 2015, opened The Biletnikoff Gallery, adding 1,200 square feet of professional show space for emerging and professional artists from the region.

Fueled by the successes of his initiatives and by positive community feedback, Mark continues to expand his reach and creative work. “This is my path and I walk it proudly. It has touched many and become larger and stronger than I ever thought possible.”

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