Forum 35's Art Melt Next Week
Friday, July 11, 2014
Posted by: Kelly Glymph
Forum 35’s Art Melt Set for Next Weekend in Downtown Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE – Forum 35’s Art Melt will be held next weekend in downtown Baton Rouge. The event kicks off on July 18 with the Preview Party, and continues July 19 with the art exhibit opening to the public at the Capitol Park Museum.
Forum 35’s Art Melt is the largest multi-media, juried art exhibit in the state of Louisiana. Now in its 11th 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.
The winners of the 2014 Art Melt will be announced at the Art Melt Preview Party on Friday evening. Doors open to the ticketed event at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online for $75 by clicking here. The Preview Party will also be the first opportunity for the public to view the exhibit and purchase artwork.
Art Melt’s Saturday schedule kicks off with “Arts and the Economy,” a panel discussion that will include members of the local arts community and support organizations. The panel is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Capitol Park Museum. Doors open at 4 p.m.
The gallery will open at 5 p.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m., with entertainment on 4th Street until 10 p.m. The show will be open to the public during regular Capitol Park Museum hours and included with museum admission through August 30.
Entertainment during Saturday’s event will include a music stage and a cultural performance stage. The Brian Breen Trio will be performing upstairs in the Capitol Park Museum throughout the event.
The lineup for the music stage is:
5:15 p.m. SpeakEasy
7:15 p.m. Bedlamville Triflers
9:00 p.m. Baby Bee
Performers on the cultural performance stage include Eclectic Truth Poetry Slam Team, Gulf Coast Theater on Tap, Of Moving Colors, Dance Collective BR, Cangelosi Dance Project, Baton Rouge Music Studio and Buku Breakers.
Art Melt goes to great lengths to select a panel of three professional jurors. Each year, a juror is selected at the national, regional and local levels.
This year’s local juror is Katie Pfohl. Pfohl is the newly appointed curator at the LSU Museum of Art. Pfohl holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in history of art and architecture and received her B.A. from Northwestern University in American studies. A graduate of the Whitney Museum of Art Independent Study Program, Pfohl most recently worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Art Melt’s regional juror is Ben Thompson, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, one of the Southeast’s largest contemporary art institutions and a cultural resource of the University of North Florida. Thompson brings with him over twelve years of collections and exhibitions management experience and holds an M.F.A from Massachusetts College of Art. Prior to his arrival at MOCA he was Registrar at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University outside of Boston. Since his appointment to the position of full Curator in 2009, he has been responsible for an ambitious collections and exhibitions program which features fifteen exhibitions annually in over 16,000 square feet of gallery space. During this tenure he designed a strategy dedicated to presenting innovative exhibitions by the finest international, national and regional artists. Most recently, he was responsible for the museums first major traveling and design exhibition The Art of Seating: 200 Years of Design which will be circulating the country until 2016. In 2011, he organized MOCA’s second major traveling exhibition Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography. Shared Vision is accompanied by an Aperture Foundation publication, one of the world’s foremost publishers on photography.
Finally, Art Melt’s national juror for 2014 is Eric Robert Dallimore, co-owner and curator of Leon Gallery, a contemporary art gallery and event space in the heart of Denver, Colorado. Dallimore is a New Orleans native who received his B.F.A from Louisiana State University in 2004. In addition to his duties at Leon Gallery, Eric uses his experience in printmaking, photography, and sculpture to engage K-12 students and their creative minds through Think 360 Arts, a leading provider of arts education programs and services in Colorado. He has also assisted several artists with large scale public art works in Colorado, Louisiana, and California. For his work both at Leon and on his own, Dallimore was named a 2014 MasterMind in the Visual Arts by westword.com.
Art Melt is sponsored by Launch Media, the Louisiana Technology Park, NAI Latter & Blum, LUBA Workers’ Comp, Cook, Moore & Associates, Jones Walker, Dixon Smith Interiors, the Capitol Park Museum, Catalyst Event Solutions, Dig Magazine, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Lamar Advertising, Hotel Indigo, Anne Connelly Fine Art, UPS Store 5036, Country Roads, EMCO Technologies, Republic Liquor, Crescent Crown, Baton Rouge Coca Cola Bottling Company and the Baton Rouge Symphony.
Forum 35 is a community of young men and women improving Baton Rouge. Forum 35 is a nonprofit organization that depends on individual membership and the generosity of corporate partners including Jones Walker, Launch Media, and Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. For more information about Forum 35 visit forum35.org. Connect with Forum 35 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @Forum35.
Contact: Kelly Glymph
VP of Communications