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Surreal Salon IV

Baton Rouge Gallery Announces Special Guest Juror and Call to Artists for Surreal Salon 8 in January 2016  


Baton Rouge Gallery – center for contemporary art is proud to announce it is now accepting submissions for Surreal Salon 8, the annual juried exhibition that highlights the growing quality and popularity of the pop-surrealist/ lowbrow movement in American contemporary art. In recent years, the exhibition has featured the work of hundreds of artists from more than 30 U.S. states. On display January 5 – 28, 2016, the exhibition will be open to the public with no admission charges during normal gallery hours (Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m.).
Check out Juxtapoz Magazine's May 2015 editorial on Surreal Salon 7. 
Each year, hundreds of submissions from across the country are submitted seeking inclusion. Works are selected via a blind jurying process, meaning the juror never sees the artist’s name or home city before selections are finalized. One work from the show will be named “Best in Show” and will be recognized and prominently featured in an upcoming 2016 editorial in Juxtapoz Magazine. 
Artists: Click here to download and read the Surreal Salon 8 Prospectus, then click here to submit work for the exhibition.

This year, serving as Surreal Salon 8’s Special Guest Juror will be internationally respected artist Elizabeth McGrath.  

Elizabeth McGrath has always had an eye for the strange beauty in the grotesqueries of life, an appreciation nowhere more evident than in her own work. Inspired by the relationship between the natural world and the detritus of consumer culture, she brings forth a new cavalcade of creatures from the darker corners of the streets, the city and the imagination. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows at Sloan Fine Art (New York, NY), IguaPop (Barcelona, Spain), Billy Shire Fine Arts (Culver City, CA), Stychnin (Berlin, Germany) and La Luz de Jesus (Los Angeles, CA). McGrath’s work has also been exhibited in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo and London as well as across 13 different states. She has also published two art books, “Incurable Disorder” (2013) and “Everything that Creeps” (2006). For more details on McGrath, visit  
On Friday, January 22, 2016, BRGCCA will again welcome hundreds of wonderfully-costumed guests, channeling their own pop-surrealist visions, to the Eighth Annual Surreal Salon Soiree. It is an evening of art, costumes, live music, interactive experiences and more, all in honor of the exhibition itself. After experiencing the Soiree for the first time in 2014, Juxtapoz Magazine co-founder and gallerist Greg Escalante said, “I thought it was arguably the best party I ever attended.” 


To get a taste of the Soiree, check out the video here or visit BRGCCA’s Facebook page for an entire album of photos from this strange and fun night.
On Sunday, January 24, Elizabeth McGrath will give a free, informal presentation at the gallery on her own work and the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement while also discussing some of the pieces selected for inclusion in the Surreal Salon 8 exhibition.
For more information on Surreal Salon 8, how to submit work for the juror’s consideration or any of the events associated with the exhibition, contact Baton Rouge Gallery at 225.383.1470.