POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 3:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 3:04am
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s 25th Annual International Exhibition on Animals in Art begins with an opening reception on March 24 at 6 p.m. in the School’s Library. The exhibition will be on display in the School of Veterinary Medicine Library on Skip Bertman Drive from March 24 through April 29. This event is free and open to the public, but a portion of the art sales benefits the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
Judge and Juror for this year’s event is William A. Fagaly, The Francoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art. In his 45-year tenure at NOMA, he has organized over 80 art exhibitions. He has also produced a number of exhibitions around the U.S., including exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of American Folk Art in New York, N.Y. Fagaly is the founder of both the Friends of Contemporary Art in 1986 and in 1985 the Friends of Ethnographic Art at NOMA. He was a co-founder in 1976 of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. In 1984, he served as Special Museum Consultant to both the Liberian and Vatican Pavilions for the Louisiana World Exposition. He has also served on selection panels and as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States General Services Administration, the State Arts Councils of Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Wyoming, and the Southern Federation for Arts. He serves on the board of United States Biennial, Inc., which produced Prospect.1, the first United States International Art Biennial in 2008 in New Orleans. Prospect.2 will open in 2011. Other boards upon which he sits are the Newcomb Art Gallery and A Studio in the Woods, both of Tulane University. He was instrumental in establishing the curatorial code of ethics for the American Association of Museums in 1976. Fagaly is a 1962 graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Art History. In 1967, he received a Master of Arts degree in Art History, also from Indiana University.
226 artists from 40 states, Canada, and Mexico submitted 506 entries for the show. Of those 506 entries, 75 will be accepted for the exhibition. The exhibition is held annually and is open to all artists 18 years of age or older. All media are welcomed and accepted; the work must be original. A $1,000 Best of Show award will be given and one entry will be chosen to appear on the cover of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Other awards include the Judge’s Award, Honorable Mention, the People’s Choice Award, and the School of Veterinary Medicine Awards.