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Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by the Helis Foundation

Every August the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in connection with Whitney White Linen Night, hosts its opening reception for its annual exhibition Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by the Helis Foundation. Established in 2012, this statewide, juried exhibition promotes the contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides an exhibition space for the exposition of living artist’s work and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual arts culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center. This year's juror is Hallie Ringle, Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

A non-refundable fee of $40 is required and permits artists up to three submissions. If an artist would like to enter additional submissions, there is a non-refundable fee of $10 for each additional submission for a maximum of 10 submissions. All applicants who pay the non-refundable application fee of $40 will receive 2 tickets to Ogden Museum of Southern Art to be used during the run of the exhibition (August 7 – October 10, 2021). Information on how to redeem these tickets will be included in an email sent to all applicants after the close of the Call for Entries.
With each submission you may upload up to three images of that piece to allow for detail shots. Accepted work will be disqualified if misrepresented or if application images are digitally enhanced. If you have any questions please contact
Cash awards will be presented to first, second and third prize, in addition to the Best in Show recipient who will receive The Helis Foundation Art Prize of $5,000.
Questions Regarding your Submission?
Contact or call 504-539-9622
The Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by the Helis Foundation annual juried art competition is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the state of Louisiana (must be able to provide proof of a valid Louisiana address). All work must be original and completed within the last two years (2019-2021). Work previously exhibited in Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by the Helis Foundation should not be resubmitted. Any work submitted that exceeds the maximum size and weight will be disqualified.
All media are eligible. Work will not be judged by media categories. Work using materials that are hazardous to the health and safety of the public will not be accepted at the discretion of the Museum.
2D work must be ready for installation with appropriate hardware and hanging instructions. Works that require framing must arrive ready to hang.
3D work must be ready for display including all materials required for installation, with the exception of standard pedestal bases used by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
By submission of photography depicting people, the artist confirms that each person depicted has granted permission to be portrayed as shown. The Museum reserves the right to request proof of permission at any time prior to or during the exhibition.
New media objects must provide all mechanics for display including, but not limited to, projectors, screens, DVD players, iPads, audio equipment, headphones, computers and software.
Display and packing instructions should be included with all work. All packing material must be clearly labeled with “Artist Name, Object Title” All work should arrive at the Museum soft-packed (i.e. bubble wrap, packing blankets or the like) in reusable packing material.
Work should not exceed 70lbs. in weight and 6 ft. in any direction.
Contact with any questions regarding installation.
Online entries will close at 11:59 p.m. Central Time Zone on Friday, May 28, 2021. Please keep in mind that application assistance from Ogden staff is only available until 5pm on Friday, May 28th. No further entries will be accepted via the online portal after this deadline.
Notification of accepted entries will be sent through email to all applicants the week of July 5, 2021. Please be sure to add the following email addresses to your contacts so that our notifications are not delivered to your spam/junk folder:
The Juror’s decision is final. Late, incomplete or non-compliant entries will not be considered.
Accepted works (shipped or hand-delivered) must be received at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art no later than 5 pm on Friday, July 23, 2021.
Inquiries regarding submissions should be addressed to Amy Newell at
Accepted entries will be insured ONLY during the installation and exhibition of work at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The artist is responsible for all insurance and shipping costs during travel.
Please ensure that work is securely packed with reusable packing, and labeled, for both shipped and hand-delivered submissions, and for return shipping. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will not be responsible for loss, theft, or damage to work due to inadequate packaging and/or shipping provisions.
All works must have an insurance value. A signed insurance form will be required for all accepted entries.
Accepted entries may be shipped or hand-delivered. Shipped and hand-delivered work must be adequately packed in secure, reusable containers. Do not ship work framed with glass, but use acrylic glazing instead. Installation instructions and hardware should be included.
Shipped work must have a pre-paid label for return shipping. Work submitted without return provisions and unclaimed after 30 days after the last day of exhibition will become property of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
A label must be attached to the work (not the packing material) that includes: Artist Name, Title, Medium, Year, Dimensions.
Shipped work may be sent via UPS, FedEx, DHL or USPS. All accepted entries should be received at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on or before Friday, July 17, 2021.
Send work to:
Louisiana Contemporary 2021
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504.539.9622