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Forum 35's Art Melt 2017 


Forum 35's Art Melt, hosted by Capitol Park Museum, is the largest multi-media, juried art exhibit in the state of Louisiana. Now in its 14th year, Art Melt strives to promote professional artists throughout the state of Louisiana while providing an opportunity for the public to experience the best of local fine art, music, and performing arts. While the Preview Party and Public Opening Party have passed, the exhibit is open until August 24!


Click here to view this year's winning pieces


Art Melt Preview Party | July 21, 2017 | 7-10 PM


Capitol Park Museum will host an exclusive preview party of the Art Melt exhibit the night before its public opening. As an artist, art enthusiast, and art collector, this is your chance to see and purchase the featured works before they become available to the general public. The Art Melt Preview Party also serves as a celebration to honor the winners of this exhibit, as well as a fun night for attendees to enjoy Louisiana culture, live music, catering, an open bar, and socializing. 


Tickets for the Art Melt Preview Party are now available to be purchased through our website.


Click here to purchase your tickets today!


After purchasing your tickets, make sure to RSVP on Facebook! 



Art Melt Public Opening | Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 4-6 PM


Louisiana residents are invited to join Forum 35 for the grand opening of the Art Melt exhibit, hosted by Capitol Park Museum. The first day of this six-week exhibit is free and open to the public between the hours of 4-6 p.m. To celebrate this grand opening, Capitol Park Museum will also host a Cultural Stage, where exhibit attendees can enjoy live performances by local artists. 


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Call for Entries (Entry Deadline Passed)


All accepted artwork will be available for sale and displayed to the public in the Art Melt exhibit from July 22 to August 24 in Capitol Park Museum gallery, located in downtown Baton Rouge. Viewing of the gallery will be free to the public on opening day, Saturday July 22. Following opening day, viewing of the gallery will be available during regular museum hours and included in the regular museum admission fee. This show is open to Louisiana resident artists only.


Volunteers Needed   - sign up here



Meet the 2017 Art Melt judges!


Local, Baton Rouge, Courtney Taylor


Courtney Taylor is the Curator at the LSU Museum of Art. Taylor earned an MA in Museum Studies with a focus on visual culture from the University of Tulsa and BA from Hendrix College in history and art history. Taylor has worked in curatorial departments at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Museum of Contemporary Art | Jacksonville, Philbrook Museum, and Gilcrease Museum.


Regional, Mississippi, Mark Tullos


Mark A Tullos, Jr., is the President/C.E.O. of the new Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience which is presently under construction in downtown Meridian, Mississippi. He has been the Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Office of State Museum, Director of the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Mark has served as Executive Director in art museums and visual arts organizations for over 30 years and worked for museums in Texas and Florida. Early in his career he led boards in the construction of the Museum of East Texas, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs and the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana.


In 1995, he was the recipient of the Nancy Hanks Memorial Award for Professional Excellence given by the National Endowment for the Arts and most recently was nominated for a prize from the Giacometti Foundation in Paris for his work in protecting the rights of art and artists.

Born and raised in Baton Rouge he is a graduate of Louisiana State University, and has conducted graduate studies at Stephen F. Austin State University and Museum Management Institute conducted by the Getty Foundation.


He has served as a member of the advisory board for the Museum Loan Network at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the honors committee of the American Association of Museums (AAM), a panelist for the National Museum Service Board, and a peer reviewer for A.A.M., Institute of Museum and Library Services and the state arts commissions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida. He and his wife of 37 years have four adult children and two grandchildren.


National, Oklahoma, Jennifer Scanlan


Jennifer Scanlan is the Exhibitions and Curatorial Director at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City, where she has curated a number of exhibitions, including: Melvin Edwards: In Oklahoma; Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me; and ArtNow 2017. From 2013 through 2015 she was a New York-based independent curator focusing on contemporary art and design.  Her exhibitions included Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Made for You: New Directions in Contemporary Design at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz; and Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York. 


Prior to working independently, for twelve years, she was Associate Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Scanlan has lectured internationally, including at the 2010 Conference of the International Committee of Design History and Design Studies in Brussels, Belgium; Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute in Taichung, Taiwan; the 2007 Adornment Magazine conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York; and the 2005 Glass Art Society Conference in Adelaide, Australia. She has taught at Courtauld Institute of Art Summer School in London, England, and at Parsons The New School for Design. She has a BA in art history and Italian from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, and an MA in the history of decorative arts, design, and culture from the Bard Graduate Center, New York, New York.


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