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Surreal Salon IV

BRG Now Accepting Submissions for Surreal Salon 7- An Exhibition of Pop-Surrealist / Lowbrow Art from Across America, Juried by One of the Movement's Pioneers, Shag


Baton Rouge Gallery – center for contemporary art is proud to announce it is now accepting submissions for Surreal Salon 7, a national juried exhibition of pop-surrealist and lowbrow art from across America. Artists interested in being a part of this unique and exciting exhibition can find more information right here! 

Presented by Baton Rouge Gallery center for contemporary art (BRGCCA), Surreal Salon 7 is aimed at once again engaging audiences in a multi-sensory art experience like no other in the region by shedding light on the growing popularity and exceptional quality of the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement. Submissions will be reviewed via a blind jurying process that will ensure that works are selected based solely on their artistic merit (the juror will not see an artist’s name, resume or contact information). 

Click here to read Greg Escalante's editorial on Surreal Salon Six (on

Over the years, Baton Rouge Gallery has prided itself in enlisting well-known and well-respected jurors for Surreal Salon – including the co-founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, Greg Escalante, for Surreal Salon Six - to assist in making Surreal Salon as artistically successful as possible. That tradition is renewed in 2015 with one of pop-surrealism's most recognizable and iconic artists, Shag (Josh Agle), serving as Special Guest Juror.  

Shag has had nine art books published and had successful solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. In a 2002 review of Shag’s show at Manhattan’s Earl McGrath Gallery, The New York Times said, “the eye is snared by Mr. Agle's economic use of saturated colors -- sharp greens and warm lavenders, smoldering reds, sour ochers -- and the tinted-gel space created by his thin-on-thin paint handling.” The reviewer went on to describe his works as “pulsating furnaces of color.” The artist and his work was also the subject of the 2007 documentary, “The Sophisticated Misfit” (a trailer for which can be seen here). More information about Shag can be found at

ARTISTS: Please review the Surreal Salon 7 Prospectus (PDF) and when you're ready to submit works for possible inclusion in the show, you can do so via Entrythingy by clicking here.

This exhibition will be held from January 4-29, 2015 at BRGCCA (located inside the Recreation and Park Commission of East Baton Rouge Parish’s (“BREC”) historic City Park (1515 Dalrymple Dr.). During the show’s run, it will be open to the public, free of charge, during normal gallery hours (Tuesday-Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.). 

The work selected by the exhibition’s juror as “Best in Show” for Surreal Salon 7 will be prominently featured in an editorial on the exhibition that will be seen by millions the world over in an upcoming issue of Juxtapoz Magazine. The artist’s work will appear (with title and medium listed) and will be recognized as “Best in Show” for Surreal Salon 7. 

Over the past five years, BRGCCA has been proud to feature the work of over 110 artists from 30 different states as part of Surreal Salon. The gallery invites artists, regardless of the media they work in, to review the prospectus for Surreal Salon 7 and submit up to three works for the show’s juror to consider for inclusion.

On Saturday, January 24, 2015, BRGCCA will host The Seventh Annual Surreal Salon Soiree, a costumed event in honor of Surreal Salon 7, from 7 – 11 p.m. This will be an exciting evening of visual art, live musical performances, surrealist games and hundreds of costumed attendees channeling their own pop-surrealist visions. The event will be held at BRGCCA. For a video and an idea of what exactly this event looks and perhaps feels like, those interested are invited to click here. Pictures from the 2014 Soiree are also available via the BRGCCA Facebook page.  


See pictures from the 2014 Surreal Salon Soiree on: BRG's Facebook page or Flickr

Best in Show for Surreal Salon Six: Marcus Howell's intaglio "Those With Grotesque Reach and Horrific Intent"

Marcus Howell's intaglio "Those with Grotesque Reach and Horrific Intent" was selected by Escalante as “Best in Show” for Surreal Salon Six and was prominently featured in a two-page editorial in the April, 2014 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine

Any questions related to Surreal Salon 7 should be directed to Baton Rouge Gallery’s Executive Director, Jason Andreasen, via email ( or phone at 225.383.1470.




This program is made possible in part by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the Mayor-President and Baton Rouge Metro Council.