Article by Sue Strachan
It was the evening before Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, and the crowd in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s fifth floor gallery eagerly gathered around David Breslin.
Breslin, jurist for the 2019 Louisiana Contemporary presented by The Helis Foundation and director of Curatorial Initiatives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, was about to announce the four winners of this juried art show, highlighting contemporary art in Louisiana.
The two-part selection process included an open call for applications, then a jury process overseen by a different juror each year. For 2019, there were 364 applicants with 1,066 entries of work. Twenty-three artists were chosen, showcasing 44 pieces.