Our friends at Baton Rouge Gallery— center for contemporary art (“BRG”) is proud to announce it is now accepting submissions for Surreal Salon 13, the juried exhibition that celebrates pop-surrealist/lowbrow art. Artists worldwide are invited to be a part of this special exhibition which will be curated by Thinkspace Projects, one of the nation’s leading galleries focusing on pop-surrealist, lowbrow, or “New Contemporary” art. Artists selected for inclusion in the exhibition will be in the running for more than $2,000 in cash prizes as well as an online feature with us at Juxtapoz. Read our interview with last year's winner, Stephanie Gartanutti.

Artists interested in being a part of this unique and exciting exhibition can find more information at http://www.batonrougegallery.org/surreal-salon. Artists working in all media are encouraged to submit up to three (3) works for the juror’s consideration. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Wednesday, December 2, 2020. 

This exhibition will be held from January 5 – 28, 2021 at BRG. During the show’s run, it will be open to the public, free of charge, during normal gallery hours (Tuesday-Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.).

Surreal Salon 13 is aimed at once again engaging audiences in an art experience like no other in the region by highlighting the growing popularity and exceptional quality of the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement. Submissions will be reviewed via a blind jurying process that will ensure that works are selected based solely on their artistic merit (the juror will not see an artist’s name until after selections for the exhibition have been made).

The artist whose work is ultimately named “Best in Show” by Thinkspace Projects will be honored in an upcoming juxtapoz.com editorial focusing on the artist behind the work and the piece itself. This artist will also receive a $1,000 cash prize with a $600 prize going to Second Place and a $400 prize going to Third Place. 

Over the years, Surreal Salon has enlisted well-known and well-respected jurors for Surreal Salon – including the co-founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, Greg Escalante and internationally-renowned artists such as Ron English, Camille Rose Garcia, Josh “Shag” Agle, Elizabeth McGrath, Dan Quintana, Casey Weldon, and Greg “Craola” Simkins - to assist in making Surreal Salon as artistically engaging as possible. That tradition is once again renewed with Thinkspace Projects filling this role (thanks in part to a partnership with the Louisiana State University School of Art). Their curatorial team will personally select each work to be included in the exhibition from the submissions received. This represents the first time that Surreal Salon has partnered with a gallery (as opposed to an individual artist) and we couldn’t be prouder to have Thinkspace involved.

The Thinkspace team will gave a free and informal virtual presentation in conjunction with Surreal Salon 13. Their presentation will touch on their experiences handling and representing pop-surrealist/lowbrow work, the state of pop-surrealism today, as well as the collection of works featured in Surreal Salon 13.