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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

DigiFest Art Competition

Digital Art Competition Flyer
(Deadline for entries 5pm September 3rd)

The event includes a digital art exhibition and competition by independent artists. 
The exhibit will showcase digital art genres made possible by the latest technologies.  Categories include:

Art Film
Digital Photography   
Student Work
           Architectural/Drafting          Interactive/Website/App
There will be an entry fee of $15 per submission, limit of 2 submissions per artist per category.  Prizes will be awarded, determined by Judges.

Ben Hickey (Masur Museum of Art Curator),
Pam Glorioso (Bossier City Film Commissioner),
Matt DeFord  (Coordinator for Art at Northwestern State University)

All applications and entry fees must be received by
Tuesday, September 3rd by 5:00 pm
at Bossier Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd)

Artwork will be dropped off on
Thursday, September 19th,
from 10 am-2 pm at the Bossier Civic Center (620 Benton Rd.)

Art to be picked up
Saturday, September 21, by 8pm.
All art not picked up will be worn as a hat.

BAC reserves the right to refuse any submission for any reason at any time.
Please visit the DigiFest website at

For questions please call 318-741-8310

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dive into Digifest 2013: Volunteers Needed

More information about Digifest South can be found here.
TO see what Digifest is all about you can view pictures from Digifest 2012.

Northwest Louisiana Artists invited to attend an Artists’ Retreat for open discussion and planning session for Shreveport Common on July 27 at Central ARTSTATION

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council and the Northwest Louisiana Artists will host an Artists Retreat to discuss the plans for Shreveport Common:  the 9-block uncommon cultural community in downtown Shreveport.  The Retreat will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Central ARTSTATION (801 Crockett Street). Artists will have the opportunity to discuss artistic opportunities, share and brainstorm ideas, and engage in the planning and implementation of the upcoming UNSCENE! monthly Arts Series. Additionally, Artists will receive and review the “Artists’ Call” for UNSCENE! The retreat is free and open to ALL Artists in Northwest Louisiana; there is no pre-requisite to attending this gathering. This is the first of a series of day-long Artists Retreats to take place in the coming years.
The one day retreat will address topics including, but not limited to “What, Who, Where is Shreveport Common?”, “Best Practices of Creative Placemaking” of art in Shreveport Common, and “What is UNSCENE!?”.
UNSCENE! Artistic Director Brandon Oldenburg will lead a dialogue about the UNSCENE! goals, UNSCENE! artistic concepts and direction, opportunities for area Artists to create and present new works,  and Artists’ Residencies that will bring national Artists into Shreveport.
SRAC, the Shreveport Common management team, and the UNSCENE! management team will also share Artists commissioning opportunities such as  the UNSCENE! Juried Artists Market, Shreveport Common Temporary Public Art, and UNSCENE! Street Artists' Team.
Three hours of the retreat will be reserved for an open forum among the Artists and the Shreveport Common and UNSCENE! Management teams. 
“The Northwest Louisiana Juried Roster Artists suggested that it would be a great opportunity to gather and hear about all of the opportunities involved in Shreveport Common and fostered through UNSCENE! – Some of us remember when we would gather at former ‘Camp Margaret’ and spend a day discussing the growth of the Arts Community.  This is a first step in bringing back those day-long creative exchanges,” explained Pam Atchison, SRAC Director.  

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) and the City of Shreveport will create a monthly series, UNSCENE!, which will UNleash SHREVEPORT COMMON, debuting the innovative look, feel, tastes, smells, and sounds of this new Uncommon Cultural Community, moving the promise of the Vision Plan from  strategic action plan to implementation.  Academy Award winning director, animator, public art creator, and UNprecedented visionary Brandon Oldenburg will serve as the UNSCENE! Artistic Director, overseeing a diverse Management Team to curate 12 “first Saturday” UNSCENE! events comprised of national, regional and local artists who will create and present UNconventional new works. Each UNpredictable, UNexpected, UNabashed, and UNabridged “UN” experience will leave an indelible mark that permanently advances SHREVEPORT COMMON. 
 Each UNSCENE! experience will be UNlike any festival “scene” in Louisiana: 12 multi-disciplined, pre-meditated but improvisational day-through-night will feature transformational interactive public art installations, films projected in and on the buildings, exhibitions in UNexpected spaces, spoken word on stoops, theatre in the air, dance in the garden, giant puppet theatre in the alley, a juried Street Arts Market, innovative scavenger hunts and walking, biking, and float parades. 
   The Artistic Management Team, under the direction of Brandon Oldenburg includes Brady Blade, Angelique Feaster Evans, Poetic X, and Diego Martinez.  They will develop the entire year of monthly themes and will announce them through a “CALL TO ARTISTS” to be distributed at this Retreat. 

About Shreveport Common
SHREVEPORT COMMON is downtown’s newest oldest “uncommon” cultural community located in the historic 9-block area at the western edge of downtown Shreveport. The City of Shreveport, Caddo Parish, and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) have joined neighboring property owners, social service organizations and other non-profits to create an Arts-led revitalization of the mostly abandoned but significant area, to a vibrant creative neighborhood. The planning and design of Shreveport Common began in late July of 2010 with a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) grant for a 9-month Community Vision Planning Process including door-to-door listening sessions with neighbors, property owners, stakeholders and potential developers which resulted in a City Council and MPC approved Vision Plan. That plan, built on Authenticity, Community, Creativity and Sustainability, is for an urban cultural district powered by the forces of the Arts and Humanities – one that will stimulate physical, social and economic renewal to become a place where artists and others will want to live, work and play. In February of 2013, SRAC completed the first anchor in SHREVEPORT COMMON, with a public/private restoration and repurposing of the un-used 1922 Central Fire Station to the Central ARTSTATION, the new home for SRAC and the Arts Resource Center which puts the Arts at the center of transforming the neighborhood, with Artist entrepreneurial training, resource and conference center, and a multi-use space that pairs artists and Arts Organizations with Social Service organizations through a “Pay-It-Forward” community Arts program.
 Thirty-six SHREVEPORT COMMON development and re-development projects by 30 private and public partners are now in the planning and implementation stage.  Funded, and completed or in construction, in addition to the Central ARTSTATION, are the Municipal Auditorium restoration, Oakland Cemetery restoration, Grand Promenade from concrete to greenspace, Scottish Rite Temple ADA restoration and the VOA McAddo restoration. Designed or funded for design are the Caddo Common Community greenspace, CommonLINK Transportation/Information hub, and the Arts-designed Community bike/ped paths and lanes which will connect the Riverfront, Highland, LSU Med Center, Millennium, C.C. Antoine Park and Allendale to SHREVEPORT COMMON.
For more information about Shreveport Common visit, 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Meet the Newest Staff Member of BAC

Meet The Bossier Arts Council's New Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator of Digifest South 2013 

"Hello my name is Katie LeJeune. I am honored to be welcomed to the family at The Bossier Arts Council. I am a twenty-one year old Mass Communications student at Louisiana State University Shreveport concentrating in Public Relations and Marketing. I am the person that is always walking around talking to strangers, and oddly enough enjoy the diverse conversations. I’m quite fond of art, especially abstract and retro pieces. A few of my favorite artists include:  Leigh Standley, Jackson Pollock, and George Rodigue. Music is a huge part of my life, and I am currently trying to teach my eighteen month old daughter how to play piano on the IPad. Another passion that I indulge in is dancing. I have been dancing since I was four, mostly contemporary ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. I have also been introduced to photography, graphic design, computer software, and communications. I graduated in 2010 from Benton High School with honors and an invitation to join Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. I was grateful, but I decided to stay where my roots were and see what adventures await here. I am very excited to join the Bossier Arts Council, and am looking forward to being a part of all the influential things that the BAC implements for the community and local artist."

Brush with Burden Call for Entries


The LSU AgCenter's Burden Center is an oasis  for
garden and nature lovers in the heart of
Baton Rouge.
Situated on a tract of 440 acres of beautiful green space,
Burden Center is one of the city's and state's greatest treasures.

Learn more about Burden Center at

Theme should be inspired by the landscape, structures, flora and fauna at the Burden Center.

Awards and Ribbons
Best in Show* – $300
Judges Choice* – $250
Honorable Mention* – $150
People's Choice* – $275
Special Award for Outdoor Sculpture – $300
The Gicle Award
Four Merit Awards
*Winning works will be displayed following the show at the Shaw Center for the Arts (from March 18 to April 15).

Open to all artists, 18 years of age and older. All types of art media are eligible. Works must be original, must have been produced in the past three years and must never have been exhibited in Brush with Burden. All artwork must be priced and available for sale.

A maximum of three entries will be accepted from any artist. Entries first will be accepted as JPG or TIF (300 dpi) images, on disk only. Works to be in the exhibition will be selected based on the digital images submitted. Only one digital image should be submitted for each two-dimensional work. A maximum of five digital images may be submitted for each three-dimensional work. Multiple entries can be placed on one CD. Each disk must be labeled with artist's name. Each work on the disk must be titled. You must include the following information for each entry: artist's name, title, medium, size and sales price. Maximum size of each piece of artwork, excluding outdoor sculpture entries, is 48 inches by 48 inches. Please see below for outdoor sculpture requirements. Any artwork that differs from the digital image will be disqualified.

Outdoor Sculpture Requirements: All pieces must be structurally sound, made of durable materials appropriate for extended display in a public outdoor space and capable of being securely anchored. For each entry, please include a detailed drawing and description of your installation plan, showing how each piece will be installed and secured. Artists need to plan appropriately for wind and other weather-related factors. Recommended size for outdoor sculptures is approximately 3 feet to 7 feet. No cranes or other heavy equipment will be allowed on the property for the placement of sculptures.

Disks will be returned if submitted with a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope.

Registration form, fees and disks should be mailed to Ginnie Bolin at 914 Aberdeen Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

Entries must be postmarked no later than November 30, 2012.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Emerging Artist Gallery Featuring, Whitney Caskey

   Of   Whitney Caskey
“My artwork is like Neverland for me. As a young child, I was always drawn to stories and reading as opposed to actually communicating with the outside world. Books were a way of going infinite places while being confined to a very small town. They were a way of escaping reality and all of its limitations. Anything is possible in a story. Gravity can be reversed with the mere flick of a wrist. A simple picture frame can become a portal into another dimension. Trolls, witches, evil queens and ghosts exist. Good can always triumph over evil.

“I tend to place myself in these scenes created, much like a reader places themselves in any story they read. I choose the props, wardrobe, hair, and makeup very carefully. I choose to print the images large scale, big enough so that the viewer could literally enter these make believe worlds. There is no greater tragedy than the loss of one’s childlike sense of imagination. This is what I aim to keep alive through my works, both my own and my viewers’. No one should be forced to grow up.” - Whitney Caskey 

The art of Whitney Caskey will be in BAC's Emerging Artist Gallery, 630 Barksdale Blvd., From July 17-August 17.  The East Bank Gallery is open from 11am-6pm Tuesday through Saturday

East Bank Gallery Featuring, Marlen M. Waters



Of  Marlen M. Waters


“Laugh, Love, Letter, & Paint”

In the same vein as the book and movie by Elizabeth Gilbert, “Eat, Pray, Love”, Marlen Waters’ mantra “Laugh, Love, Letter, & Paint” is an exploration of color, spirit, paint, prayer and self-discovery using watermedia on paper and canvas.

Marlen was Born and raised in Homer, La., and graduated from La. Tech University with a M.S. in Medical Technology and a M.B.A. in Marketing.  She continued her education studying art and calligraphy at La. Tech University, University of Pennsylvania, Chicago College of Art, St. Johns University, and with various master calligraphers and artists.  She is a board member of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, a charter member of the Piney Hills Art Gallery, a roster artist and a member of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, and was a Louisiana Division of the Arts roster artist.  She is a member of the Ouachita River Art Gallery, Lincoln Parish Museum, Zeta Tau Alpha, and Beta Sigma Phi.  

Marlen is married to Roy Waters. They live in Ruston, La. and have three children.

They attend Trinity United Methodist Church. Her artwork can be viewed on her website,

The art of Daniel Cassity and Marlen Waters will be in BAC's East Bank Gallery, 630 Barksdale Blvd., From July 17-August 17 with an opening reception on July 20th @3pm
The East Bank Gallery is open from 11am-6pm Tuesday through Saturday

East Bank Gallery Featuring, Daniel Mark Cassity

Of   Daniel Mark Cassity

“My Still Lifes represent the fall of light upon a variety of textures.  To produce them I arrange common, as well as unexpected items
in a manner that is meant to stimulate the viewer beyond the painted surface: sometimes intended to evoke humor, sometimes intended to imply an event or story.  I have become particularly fond of utilizing origami dragons as main characters which occupy a fictional "Kingdom", as well as including colored glass to produce luminous shadows.”  -Daniel Mark Cassity 

Bickham Dickson Park #5, 12x9
Among various national and regional exhibitions/competitions of note, Daniel, was accepted into the Society of Illustrator’s National Scholarship Competition in 1986, selected as a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competitions in 2010, 2011, & 2012, including a Competition Spotlight feature in the July/August issue of 2011, juried into both the Oil Painters of America’s National Exhibition and Salon Show of 2013, and selected as a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon of 2012/2013. He is also a member of the International Guild of Realism: a select group of around 300 members in 35 countries worldwide: participating in their 8th Annual Juried Exhibition of 2013.  He was also been invited to participate in American Still Lifes: a traveling museum exhibition scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.

The art of Daniel Cassity and Marlen Waters will be in BAC's East Bank Gallery, 630 Barksdale Blvd., From July 17-August 17 with an opening reception on July 20th @3pm
The East Bank Gallery is open from 11am-6pm Tuesday through Saturday