Surreal Salon, the annual exhibition celebrating the growing quality, popularity, and diversity of the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement, returns to Baton Rouge Gallery this January! This year's exhibition, being held January 3 - 31, 2018, features more than 60 works, each hand-selected by our Special Guest Juror, Ron English. The result of more than 600 submissions fielded by the gallery from across the globe, this collection of works includes artists from five different countries and 19 U.S. states, giving audiences a unique multi-sensory experience with one-of-a-kind contemporary art.

The exhibition includes works the run the gamut in terms of media, including paintings, photography, ceramics, textiles, mixed media works, and more. The work selected by Surreal Salon 10’s Special Guest Juror as “Best in Show” will be recognized in an upcoming editorial on focused both on the work and on the artist behind the piece. The work selected will be announced during the Surreal Salon Soiree on January 27.

In past years, we have been honored to enlist jurors for Surreal Salon that represent some of the most influential names in pop-surrealism, including Juxtapoz co-founder Greg Escalante, Josh “Shag” Agle, Liz McGrath, and most recently, Greg “Craola” Simkins.

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This tradition continues in 2018 with none other than Ron English serving as Special Guest Juror for Surreal Salon 10, thanks to a partnership with the LSU School of Art.

One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, New York-based painter, designer and street artist Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books, television, and music. English coined the term ‘Popaganda’ to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, creating a visual language that turns advertising into “subvertizing” and parody into illumination.

The Surreal Salon Soiree

Punctuating Surreal Salon 10 will be The Surreal Salon Soiree, one of the most anticipated events of the year in Louisiana’s capital city. A night of art, live music, interactive experiences and so much more, this year’s Soiree will take place at Baton Rouge Gallery (inside BREC’s historic City Park) on Saturday, January 27. The event will again invite hundreds of attendees to channel their own pop-surrealist visions into unique costumes for this special night. Tickets will go on sale soon for the Soiree, so stay tuned!

Get ready for a month-long exhibition of pop-surrealism from across the world and the most fun you can possibly have in a costume in January in Louisiana! Surreal Salon 10 is coming…