Baton Rouge Gallery, one of the nation’s longest-standing professional artist cooperative galleries, welcomes five new artists with strong ties to the state of Louisiana to its roster.
Each year, the gallery invites artists to apply for artist membership, which leads to a jurying of their work by a panel of 10 gallery artist members. This year, Jamie Baldridge, Rob Carpenter, Clark Derbes, Wylie Sofia Garcia and David Scott Smith were named new members. Each will be exhibiting work at Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, in 2015.
Founded in 1966, the cooperative gallery has an artist member roster of more than 50 professional artists in a variety of media, including fiber, drawing, glass, sculpture, painting and photography.
Baldridge is a surrealist painter who lives in Lafayette, where he is a professor of new media and digital art at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He grew up in New Iberia and earned his bachelor and master of fine art degrees from LSU.
He has published two books and his work has been featured on album covers and commercial campaigns, as well as in ARTnews, Zoom, Harper’s Bazaar Russia, Photo+, Juxtapoz, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Dubai’s The National.
Carpenter plays with lines to create calculated, eye-pleasing, hand-drawn tapestries. A Mississippi native, Carpenter earned his bachelor of science degree in history from Mississippi State University and master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from LSU.
Carpenter has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine and New American Paintings and has received two grants for outdoor sculpture and painting. His work has been featured nationally at the George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco, the William Dale Gallery in New Orleans, The Medici Center for the Visual Arts in Philadelphia and The Metropolitan Gallery in Arlington, Virginia.
Derbes, a multimedia artist, uses a combination of folk art methods with contemporary painting dialogue to transform locally felled tree trunks into fine art objects. The New Orleans native received his bachelor of fine arts degree from LSU.
He has been featured in solo exhibitions locally as well as nationally in Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Vermont, Rhode Island and Washington. Derbes has appeared in the Boston Globe, Art New England, Country Roads, The Advocate, New Orleans Defender and Art Map Burlington. Derbes also has collaborated to develop public art in Baton Rouge, including the first mural commissioned by The Walls Project.
Garcia’s work continues a long tradition of self-expression through textile design. She is a Houston native and received her bachelor of arts degree from The University of Chicago and her master of fine arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Garcia has exhibited nationally as well as receiving multiple grants and fellowships such as a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship and a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant.
Smith, of Little Rock, Arkansas, is a sculptor and mold maker.
He received his bachelor of arts degree in Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and his master of fine arts degree in ceramics from LSU.
He has exhibited nationally and has received many grants for both his work and collaborative interdisciplinary projects. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Sonny Kamm Teapot Foundation and Southeastern Louisiana State University.
Visit batonrougegallery.org/whats-next to see the gallery’s 2015 exhibition schedule. For more information, call (225) 383-1470.