The hottest juried art show in the State. The 2009 Art Melt will take place Friday, July 10th from 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm in the Brunner Gallery located in the Shaw Center for the Arts in Downtown Baton Rouge.
The Art Melt is an occasion for all the senses - sights, sounds, smell, taste, and touch - guests viewing the selected pieces of art at the reception will also enjoy hors d'oeuvres, live musical entertainment, and performances. The event is free and open to the public, with a cash bar available. With a first-year reception attendance of about 800 having grown to an estimated 6,000 in the fourth year, The Art Melt 6th year will be the biggest and best yet. The selected works of the exhibit will be on display for one week in the Brunner Gallery which is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday."Art Melt is a great venue that gives artists the opportunity to showcase their talents at a statewide level. Events like Art Melt really give us a window into exactly what Baton Rouge and Louisiana are capable of, and I have no doubt that this year's event will be by far the best ever," said Chris Brooks, Forum 35 Board Member and Art Melt Co-Chair.
Dan Cameron is the visual arts director at the New Orleans Center for Contemporary Art. Cameron served as the director and curator for Prospect.1, the largest biennial of international contemporary art in the United States, recently held in New Orleans. Cameron has previously served as artistic director of the eighth Istanbul Biennial and curated the 2006 Taipei Biennial.
Ann Connelly is a Baton Rouge-based gallery owner with more than 18 years of experience as an art dealer. Her gallery, Ann Connelly Fine Art, represents a wide variety of local and national contemporary artists who have achieved recognition in national collections and publications.
Brian Young is the curator at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md. With more than a decade of curatorial experience in both traditional and contemporary art, Young has a history of success at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock.