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First Wednesday at BRG


We again support our area's most talented young artists - in the gallery and in the classroom - with the annual 'REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE' Juried High School Exhibition


In April, Baton Rouge Gallery once again opens its doors inside BREC’s historic City Park to its annual REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE Juried High School Exhibition. This year's exhibition treats visitors to roughly 60 works of original art from East Baton Rouge public and private high school students.

The exhibition is being presented in partnership with The LSU School of Art's inaugural state-wide high school juried contest.

This energizing exhibition highlights the work of East Baton Rouge Parish’s high school students; not only sharing their talents with their community, but encouraging and inspiring them to continue pursuing their artistic talents by exhibiting their work in a professional gallery setting. The exhibition also draws attention to the importance of arts education, celebrating both its positive effects on the youths of our community and the efforts of the educators that challenge their students.

"At a young age, most teenagers seem to think they can't make a difference in the world; these teenagers are completely wrong. For young adults like myself who struggled with self-image during high school, being able to just participate, not even win, was a huge accomplishment in my book. Being in this show was definitely a start to the rest of my art career, and a new beginning on how I perceived myself and my work."

- Morgan Dupre, 2012 R.L.E. First Place Winner

During the April 1 opening reception, three award-winning works were announced and over $1,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded:

Best in Show: Bailey Stevens (Episcopal High)Best in Show: Bailey Stevens (Episcopal High)

Second Place: Sarah Foti (Christian Life Academy)

Third Place: Aline Moreaux (The Dunham School)

Honorable Mentions: Finn Kelley (B.R. Magnet High), Kayla Brown (B.R. Magnet High), Chloe Enos (The Dunham School), Dominique Raby (Lee Magnet High) and Ashley Rebekah English (B.R. Magnet High).

A new addition to BRG's REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE this year takes acclaimed professional artists into the classroom to directly interact with area students and provide insight into what life is truly like for visual artists. Classroom visits, which are being offered at no cost to students, instructors or schools, will take place during the exhibition's run at the gallery and will offer students the chance to hear directly from artists about what inspired them to pursue their path, how they achieved their goals and what hardships they should expect. This invaluable opportunity is something rarely offered to high school students and hopefully will provide real, practical information for our area's youth who are interested in a life in the arts.

In addition, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge continues their partnership with BRG, offering the Paul A. Dufour & Julia Dufour Richardson Scholarship award to a selected student finalist from The REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE Juried High School Exhibition. The Scholarship Fund will continue Dufour’s legacy by providing assistance for exceptional students to attend private classes with recognized professional artists in the Greater Baton Rouge area.  Potential scholarship recipients will be selected from the exhibition and eligible to apply for the scholarship. The finalists for the Paul A. Dufour & Julia Dufour Richardson Scholarship were announced during the April 1 reception.

Honorable Mention: Ashley Rebekah English (BRMHS)The exhibition is on display at BRG, March 29 through April 30, 2015. 

In March, roughly 220 works of original art were submitted for possible inclusion in this competitive exhibition (a roughly 45% increase from last year). In keeping with the spirit of the exhibition’s title, this truly is a “real-life experience” in that not every student who submits work is included in the exhibition. As professional artists find every time they seek to participate in a juried exhibition, life as a visual artist is highly competitive.

For this exhibition, a panel of three jurors was assembled to select the works to be included in the show and the prize-winning works via a completely blind jurying process. None of the jurors knew the artist’s name, grade level, school or teacher prior to the selection of any work, thus allowing them to select pieces for the show based solely on their artistic merits.

For more information on this exhibition, contact Baton Rouge Gallery at 225.383.1470.