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Forum 35 Art Melt Announces 2016 Details

Thursday, July 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
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 Forum 35’s Art Melt Announces 2016 Event Details

BATON ROUGE – Forum 35’s Art Melt will be held this month in downtown Baton Rouge. The event kicks off on July 22 with the Preview Party and continues on July 23 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 13th 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.


Preview Party

The winners of the 2016 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 via Forum 35's website for $85/individual or $150/couple. The Preview Party will also be the first opportunity for the public to view the exhibit and purchase artwork while sampling catering by Ruffino’s.


Exhibition Information


The gallery will open on July 23 at 5 p.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. Saturday night will also feature a free outdoor festival with cultural and musical performances, an arts marketplace, and food options by local restaurants. 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 Studios

·         Valkyrie Dance


Juror Information

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.


The 2016 local juror is Elizabeth Weinstein. 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. 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.


Art Melt’s regional juror is Bradley Sumrall. 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.


Finally, the national juror selected for this year’s Art Melt is Amy Moorefield. Moorefield is the Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia. 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.


For a full biography for each juror, please click here.


About Forum 35
Forum 35 is an all-volunteer community comprised of over 600 young men and women improving Baton Rouge. Forum 35’s initiatives are focused around three core pillars: Arts & Culture, Leadership, and Cultural Diversity. Forum 35 is a nonprofit organization that depends on individual membership and the generosity of corporate partners including L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, Entergy and Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. For more information about Forum 35 visit Connect with Forum 35 on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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