"50/50" to celebrate the first five decades of art at Baton Rouge Gallery
This year, Baton Rouge Gallery – center for contemporary art (“BRG”) is proudly celebrating 50 years of art exhibitions and cultural programming in service of the residents and visitors of Louisiana’s capital region. In recognition of the artists who have added so much to the area by sharing their works with visitors at BRG, the gallery will host a special retrospective exhibition titled “50/50” from July 3 – 28, 2016. “50/50” features fifty works from the gallery’s founding artist members, artists of note over the past 50 years and current artist members.
An anniversary celebration and opening reception will be held on Wednesday, July 6 from 7 – 10 p.m. This evening will be a chance for local art fans to relive memories, celebrate the artists who have left a lasting impression on our community and BRG’s evolution from a small 12-artist cooperative gallery to a dynamic contemporary arts center with over 55 artist members. The event will include live music from The Michael Foster Project, special guests, a video presentation and more.
Edward Pramuk, one of the gallery’s founding artist members explains, “When we first got this thing started, we had no better than a 50/50 shot at it working.” Back in the mid-1960s, the landscape of art in Baton Rouge was dramatically different than it is today. Over the past five decades, the city has progressed and embraced the arts more than might have been imagined by the artists who opened the gallery.
Over the past 50 years, the gallery has called a number of venues home, including locations on Convention Street, Fourth Street, and for a brief time, even Kornmeyer’s Furniture Store on Florida Boulevard. However in 1984, the gallery found a lasting home within the community, when it reached a cooperative endeavor agreement with BREC (the recreation and parks commission for East Baton Rouge Parish), resulting in a 32-year public-private partnership and a prime location in BREC’s City Park.
BRG is free and open to the public Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m.
“50/50” will represent a diverse and multimedia look at local art over the past 50 years with paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, stained glass, ceramics, fiber art and more.
The artists slated to be represented in this exhibition include (listed in alphabetical order): Jamie Baldridge, Charles Barbier, Judi Betts, Anne Boudreau, Adalie Brent, James Burke, Mary Ann Caffery, Samuel J. Corso, Michael Crespo, Timothy Cundiff, Edgar Dayries, Paul Dean, Paul A. Dufour, Caroline Durieux, Mary Lee Eggart, Malaika Favorite, Rosemary Goodell, John Goodheart, Frankie Gould, Russell Guirl, Frank Hayden, Randell Henry, Timothy Hewes, David Horton, Margaret Humphris, Kathryn Hunter, Ross Jahnke, Amy James, Jim Jeansonne, Libby Johnson, Henrietta Joseph, Kelli Scott Kelley, Al Lavergne, Haejung Lee, Kathleen Lemoine, William Lewis, A.J. Meek, Matt Morris, Fred Packard, Jacqueline Dee Parker, Edward Pramuk, Kevin Rhodes, Janice Sachse, Steve Schmidt, Don Thornton, Van Wade-Day, Michaelene Walsh, Robert Warrens, Robert Wiggs and Joseph Yoder.