The Real-Life Experience
Every April, Baton Rouge Gallery opens its doors for its annual REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE Juried High School Exhibition. The exhibition shines a light on over 50 works of original art produced by students from East Baton Rouge public and private high school students, giving you the chance to see tomorrow's local art leaders today!
The aim of the exhibition is to share the talents of area students with our community while encouraging them to continue pursuing their artistic talents outside the classroom.
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 on a daily basis.
The 2017 REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE
Sponsored by Cordell & Ava Haymon, the 2017 exhibition was the result of more than 160 works submitted for possible inclusion. In keeping with the spirit of the exhibition’s title, this truly is a “real-life experience” in that not every student whose work is submitted 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 professional artists served as jurors and selected the works to be included in the show - and the prize-winning works - via a completely blind jurying process. The jurors did not made aware of the artist’s name, grade level, school, or instructor prior to the selection of any work, thus allowing them to select pieces for the show based solely on their artistic merits
During the 'First Wednesday' Opening Reception for the 2017 exhibition - thanks to the exhibition's sponsors, Cordell & Ava Haymon - over $1,000 in prizes were awarded.
Best in Show: Margaret Ellis (Baton Rouge Magnet High)
Second Place: Ireland Coates (The Dunham School)
Third Place: Lauren Diaz (Christian Life Academy)
Honorable Mentions: Kurtis O'Brien (Zachary High), Seth Miller (Runnels), Delaney Dufrene (University Lab School), Abigail Jahnke (Baton Rouge Magnet High), J Dornier (Lee High), and Zachary St. Amant (Baton Rouge Magnet High)
Paul A. Dufour & Julia Dufour Richardson Scholarship
In addition, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge continued their partnership with BRG in 2017, offering the Paul A. Dufour & Julia Dufour Richardson Scholarship award to one student featured in The REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE Juried High School Exhibition. The Scholarship Fund continues Dufour’s legacy by providing assistance for exceptional students to attend private classes with recognized professional artists in the Greater Baton Rouge area.
ARTISTS IN THE CLASSROOM
In 2015, BRG added something new to The REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE by bringing accomplished professional artists into the classroom to directly interact with students and provide insight into what life is truly like for visual artists. Classroom visits, which are offered at no cost (to students, instructors or schools), are available any time during the school year and will offer high school students the opportunity to hear directly from artists about what inspired them to pursue their path, how they achieved their goals and what challenges they might encounter. This invaluable opportunity is something rarely offered to high school students and provides real, practical information for our area's youth who are interested the arts beyond the classroom.