As the largest juried art competition in Louisiana, Art Melt goes to great lengths to select a panel of three professional jurors. Each year, we select one national juror from outside the southeast, one regional juror from outside south Louisiana and one local juror from south Louisiana. The pool from which jurors are selected consists of art professionals such as museum curators and accomplished members of the art community who are not affiliated with show participants. No current or previous members of the Art Melt committee or Forum 35 are permitted to serve as jurors. These principles secure a jury that upholds the duty to establish a fair and professional environment in which Louisiana artists can compete.

The pieces submitted will be presented blindly and independently to our jury. Each submission will be ranked on a scale of 1-7 by each juror and then cumulatively ranked based upon overall ranking by all jurors.  The number of pieces to hang in show will then be determined by availability of space.

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2014 Art Melt Jury

The national juror will be Eric Robert Dallimore, co-owner and curator of Leon Gallery, a contemporary art gallery and event space in the heart of Denver, Colorado. Dallimore is a New Orleans native who received his BFA from Louisiana State University in 2004. In addition to his duties at Leon Gallery, Eric uses his experience in printmaking, photography, and sculpture to engage K-12 students and their creative minds through Think 360 Arts, a leading provider of arts education programs and services in Colorado. Dallimore was named a 2014 MasterMind in the Visual Arts by westword.com.

The regional juror will be Ben Thompson, the curator of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, one of the Southeast’s largest contemporary art institutions and a cultural resource of the University of North Florida. Thompson brings with him over 12 years of collections and exhibitions management experience, and hold an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Prior to his arrival at MOCA, he was Registrar at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University.

The local juror will be Katie Pfohl, the newly-appointed curator of the LSU Museum of Art. Pfohl holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in history of art and architecture and received her B.A. from Northwestern University in American studies. A graduate of the Whitney Museum of Art Independent Study Program, Pfohl most recently worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 


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