The Baton Rouge Gallery provides contemporary art exhibits every month that feature professional local and sometimes national artists. Each exhibition begins with an opening reception on the first Wednesday of the month. In addition to exhibitions, the art gallery offers many cultural programs that bring its guests face-to-face with modern art from a variety of disciplines, such as music, dance, poetry, film, and more. Exhibits at the Baton Rouge Gallery usually showcase works by its artist members. The exception to this is when the gallery hosts special juried exhibits during January and April. In every exhibition, visitors may see works by painter, photographers, stained-glass artists, sculptors, installation and/or multi-media artists, ceramicists, and printmakers.
Among the things that make Baton Rouge Gallery different from other similar museums and galleries is that the gallery has retained some of its artist cooperative identity. This means that only the member artists possess the ability to welcome new artists to the gallery. These artists are also the only ones that have the authority to excuse artists from the gallery. Baton Rouge Gallery today is one of the nation's longest-standing artist cooperative organizations. The goal of the gallery has been to offer a different view of quality modern art in the area, rather than the viewpoint of a gallery owner of single curator.
Several different types of fun and educational programming are provided throughout the year at the Baton Rouge Gallery. One such program is ARTiculate, monthly artist talks during which audiences and artists come together to discuss the work of artists. The talks offer an opportunity for guests to hear about the inspirations, the processes, and the techniques behind works on display in the exhibits directly from the artists themselves. These informal talks are open to the public, always free, and offer a Q&A session as well as insight almost guaranteed to create a new perspective on contemporary art from the local area. With occasional exceptions, the ARTiculate Artists Talks occur on the Sunday following the Opening Reception of each exhibition at 4:00pm.
The Movies and Music on the Lawn series at Baton Rouge Gallery is a summer film series hosted by the gallery every year. This fun and interesting program pairs the best contemporary, local bands with iconic silent films for six entertaining and unique nights during the summer. While a film is projected on an outdoor gigantic inflatable screen on the gallery's lawn, a band performs live a score never heard before by visitors.
Possibly Baton Rouge Gallery's most diverse educational program is Sundays@4. This program averages over a dozen readings and performances every year from top-notch musicians, authors, poets, dance troupes, and more. Sundays@4 has features performances by popular local singer-songwriters, panel discussions about race in modern art, and Louisiana poet laureates among others over the past several years. The program, always beginning at 4:00pm, is open to the public and is free to attend. These performances give guests an up-close look at what local performers and non-visual artists are working on.
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