Surreal Salon 10 (JAN 2018)

Surreal Salon, the annual exhibition celebrating the growing quality, popularity, and diversity of pop-surrealist/lowbrow art, returns to Baton Rouge Gallery this January! In honor of Surreal Salon’s tenth anniversary, we’ve got two major announcements that set the stage for this to be the biggest and best one yet.

In recent years, the exhibition has focused exclusively on American-based artists; but now, for the first time ever, we’re expanding eligibility to artists worldwide! All artists over the age of 18 are encouraged to submit works for consideration for the exhibition, which will be open to the public at no charge January 3 – 31, 2018.

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Artists interested in being a part of this unique exhibition are encouraged to review the exhibition’s prospectus (download as a PDF file) before submitting their work, which includes details regarding submission instructions, shipping instructions, details on the $30 jurying fee, and more. Each artist is able to submit up to three works for consideration and can do so via EntryThingy here. The deadline for submissions is November 17, 2017.

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.

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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.

We are honored to announce that that 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.

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…