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Preview Party

The winners of the 2016 Art Melt will be announced at the Art Melt Preview Party on Friday, July 22, 2016. Doors open to the ticketed event at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online for $85/individual or $150/couple by clicking here. Catering will be provided by Ruffino's, with music by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. The Preview Party will also be the first opportunity for the public to view the exhibit and purchase artwork.

 

Exhibition Information

Saturday, July 23, 2016 will be the exhibit's official opening night and is free to the public. The gallery will open at 5 p.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. Saturday will also feature an outdoor festival with cultural and musical performances, an arts marketplace, a children's section and food options by local vendors. Following opening night, viewing of the gallery will be available during regular museum hours and included in the regular museum admission fee until September 3, 2016.

  

Entertainment Information

Entertainment during Saturday’s event will include a music stage and cultural performance stage. Performances will include, but are not limited to, acts by:

  • Kenny Acosta
  • Captain Green
  • Dr. Green and the Funk Machine
  • Airseekers
  • Baton Rouge Music Studio
  • Valkyrie Dance

  

Juror Information

Local: Elizabeth Weinstein

 

Elizabeth Weinstein is currently director of art interpretation and museum curator for the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has more than 20 years experience in art museums and cultural organizations. In addition to curating exhibitions, writing scholarship interpretations, and caring for collections, her credentials range from managing a prestigious contemporary art gallery with a budget of more than $1 million to the granting of federal and state funds for public humanities projects. She is a past gubernatorial appointee to the Louisiana State Arts Council and is currently vice president of the Louisiana Association of Museums. Recently, Weinstein was named a reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums Accreditation Commission. She received her MA from the University of Manchester, England, through Sotheby’s Institute of Art.


Regional: Bradley Sumrall

  

Bradley Sumrall is currently Curator of the Collection at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, home of the largest and most comprehensive collection of art of the American South. A native son of Mississippi, he currently resides in the Historic Faubourg Tremé in New Orleans, a city he has called home for over twenty years. He has served as curator for over fifty exhibitions, including Sharon Kopriva: From Terra to Verde, The Created World of Enrique Alferez, Dureau, Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo Wilson for HBO’s Treme, Michael Deas, Ersy: Architect of Dreams, Benny Andrews: Paintings, Jim Roche: Cultural Mechanic and Michael Meads: Bent, Not Broken. His exhibitions have been reviewed in Art in America, Art Forum, and Hyperallergic, as well as numerous other online and print publications. His publications include One World, Two Artists: John Alexander and Walter Anderson; Steffen Thomas Rediscovered; From Terra to Verde: The Art of Sharon Kopriva; Robert Tannen: A-RT; and Clementine Hunter: A Sketchbook.


National: Amy Moorefield 


Amy Moorefield is the Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Taubman Museum of Art. In that role, she is responsible for the creative leadership of the museum exhibition program that encompasses eleven galleries, atrium and outdoor mural and sculptural projects totally over 65,000 square feet while leading a staff that includes adjunct curators. Previously, she was the Director and Chief Curator of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University. She came to the Wilson Museum from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia where she played a critical part in its revitalization including serving in the role of acting director and held the rank of assistant professor. During her twenty years in museum leadership, Moorefield has initiated significant marketing campaigns, museum partnerships, and a vibrant exhibitions program. Additionally, she had directed and curated several internationally recognized exhibitions and publication projects, many of which have receive award recognition as well as organized an array of special programs, lectures, and panels. She has co-taught courses on museum management and exhibition curation at Hollins University and has also served as a juror, lecturer, and independent curator for several exhibitions, conferences, public art projects, and arts festivals in the United States and abroad. She is a Commissioner for the City of Roanoke Arts Commission as well as serves as a board member for Carillion Hospital’s Dr. Robert L. Keeley Healing Arts program. Moorefield received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Museum Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia and her Master of Museum Studies from John Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in Baltimore, Maryland.


 

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