When Shreveport and Louisiana shut down due to the Coronavirus back in March, it caused many disruptions in so many lives including artists. Planned art exhibitions either cancelled or postponed. Concerts from small bars and restaurants to the CenturyLink Center simply didn’t happen. Art markets and businesses shuttered for a while. This presented challenges and opportunities to artists. The quarantine gave artists the chance to create new and exciting works! The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) presents some local Roster Artists and their new works in a show aptly named Quarantime.
Quarantime: The Art of NWLA Roster Artists During Quarantine opens on Saturday, July 25. Over 60 Roster Artists present what they’ve been working on and many of the pieces are available to purchase. Plus, you get the opportunity to vote for your favorite in the $500 People’s Choice Award! The exhibition runs until September 26 at Artspace in downtown Shreveport. Hours are from Noon – 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday. You must wear a mask to enter and respect social distancing procedure. Click here for more info.
Become a Roster Artist
Who are the local Roster Artists that had the opportunity to appear in Quarantime? According to SRAC, the Arts Council works to help Artists who expect to be considered “Professional” to earn at least 30% of their household income from the production and distribution of their Art. There is an annual jury process for artists to receive NWLA Roster Status, and once awarded the title, artists remain a Roster Artist for 5 years. Once a month, these artists get together to learn about upcoming artists calls and commissions as well as share success stories. If you are interested in becoming a Roster Artist, you first must become a member of the Northwest Louisiana Artist Directory. Click here for more information. Anyone on the Artist Directory can submit to the annual Critical Mass exhibition in the Spring.
Related Topic: A few doors down from Artspace sits the amazing Southern University Museum of African Art.