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Surreal Salon IV

Submissions Now Being Accepted for Surreal Salon 9, Greg 'Craola' Simkins Announced as Special Guest Juror


Baton Rouge Gallery – center for contemporary art (“BRG”) is proud to announce it is now accepting submissions for Surreal Salon 9, the national juried exhibition that highlights the growing quality and popularity of the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement in American contemporary art. The exhibition will be juried by one of the most respected artists working within the pop-surrealism movement, Greg “Craola” Simkins.

The exhibition will be held January 4 - 26, 2017 at BRG (located inside the Recreation and Park Commission of East Baton Rouge Parish’s (“BREC”) historic City Park (1515 Dalrymple Dr.). 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.).

ARTISTS: Review the Surreal Salon 9 prospectus (PDF) and then submit your work here (via Entrythingy).

Deadline for submissions: November 17

Surreal Salon is aimed at once again engaging audiences in a multi-sensory 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). Last year, nearly 700 works were submitted for consideration from artists all across the country, ultimately resulting in an exhibition featuring the work of 60 artists from 23 different states. 

Surreal Salon has prided itself in enlisting some of the biggest names in pop-surrealism as jurors in recent years with Greg Escalante (gallerist and co-founder of Juxtapoz Magazine) and internationally-acclaimed artists Shag (Josh Agle) and Elizabeth McGrath putting their stamp on the show over the past three years alone. That tradition is set to continue with Surreal Salon 9...  

Check out Juxtapoz Magazine's editorial on Surreal Salon 8.

Over the years, Surreal Salon has enlisted well-known and well-respected jurors for Surreal Salon – including gallerist and co-founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, Greg Escalante and internationally-renowned artists such as Josh “Shag” Agle and Elizabeth McGrath - to assist in making Surreal Salon as artistically engaging as possible. That tradition is once again renewed with one the most respected artists in pop-surrealism today with Greg “Craola” Simkins serving as Special Guest Juror and personally selecting each work to be included in the exhibition from the submissions received. 

Simkins is a Los Angeles based artist who began drawing at the early age of three and was inspired by various cartoons and books. At the age of 18, Simkins started doing graffiti under the name “Craola.” Graffiti art became his impetus for creating and gave him the confidence to paint large works.  In addition it taught him perspective, color theory and further developed his artistic skills, which later translated into his work with acrylics. It is his careful weaving of pop culture, the old masters, nature, carnival kitsch, and (most importantly) his warped imagination, that makes Greg "Craola" Simkins a sought-after surrealist painter today. Simkins’ artwork has appeared in museums and galleries throughout the world.

The work selected by the exhibition’s juror as “Best in Show” for Surreal Salon 9 will be prominently featured in an editorial on the exhibition that will be seen by millions the world over in an upcoming 2017 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine. The artist’s work will appear (with title and medium listed) and will be recognized as “Best in Show” for Surreal Salon 9.


Over the past seven years, BRG has been proud to feature the work of over 145 artists from more than 30 different states as part of Surreal Salon. The gallery invites artists, regardless of the media they work in, to review the prospectus for Surreal Salon 9 and submit up to three works for the show’s juror to consider for inclusion. 

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, BRG will host a special night, the Surreal Salon Soiree, to celebrate the exhibition. In years past, the event has included hundreds of wonderfully-costumed guests, channeling their own pop-surrealist visions, live music, interactive experiences and more. After experiencing the Soiree for the first time in 2014, the aforementioned Greg Escalante said, “I thought it was arguably the best party I ever attended.” 

To get a taste of the 2016 Soiree, check out the video here or visit BRG’s Facebook page for an entire album of photos from the big night.
For more information on the upcoming Surreal Salon 9, including any questions regarding submitting work for future Surreal Salon exhibitions, contact Baton Rouge Gallery at 225.383.1470.