Sunday, October 25, 2015

Upcoming shows and other news

Pagan Totem Goddess wins award at BiState Competition at Meridian Museum of Art

The Bi-State Juried Exhibition held at the Meridian Museum of Art in Meridian, MS is a wonderful  juried competition that showcases some of the best artists in Alabama and Mississippi. And with cash awards, its no wonder that just getting accepted in the show is an honor. Brian Kelly,  Head of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was this year's juror. 

I entered one piece in the show this year, "Pagan Totem Goddess", which, I am happy to say, won and achievement award, which works out to second place basically and included a nice check! 

SAAC Abstract Exhibition on display until November 9th in Starkville, MS

We recently had the reception for our annual abstract show in Starkville, MS at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership office (GSDP). Because our local arts council does not have a gallery, we are fortunate that the GSDP allows us to put up exhibits here throughout the year! Thanks! We are also very thankful to Mark Wood, owner of Chalet Arts, who continues to provide printing services for our posters and mailing cards, as well as helping local artist find framing solutions. Turnout for the reception was smaller than I would have liked, but it was and is a beautiful show. Some truly amazing art! Its a wonderful thing that we have so many talented artist in such a small area. I had very pleased that we had four college students (Sarah Dutton, Gerard Woods, Randi Watson, and my son Joseph MacGown) put art in the show too!

SAAC Holiday Showcase Exhibition coming up in Starkville, MS

Our annual Holiday Showcase Exhibition is coming up and will be installed at the GSDP office on November 9th. Submissions are still open until October 30. We will have a reception for this show on Thursday, December 3, from 5:30 to 7 PM with wine and refreshments. This is always a great show and just in time for Christmas. The show will be up until January 11, 2016, but purchasers can take their newly bought art home with them if they need them for gifts.

LUSO - AMERICAN SURREALISM of the 21st Century: Mississippi State, MS
Cullis Wade Depot, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762, January 11 to February 2016

The LUSO-America Surrealism of the 21st Century exhibition will feature the surreal works of six notable US artists and four Portuguese artists, as well as a few local Mississippi artists including some MSU art students. It will be held at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery located above the welcome center at the Barnes and Noble building on the Mississippi State campus from January 11 to February 28, 2016. A reception is planned for 5 to 7 PM on Thursday, 21 January 2016.

This group was started by Santiago Ribeiro of Portugal (, a fantastic surrealist. Shahla Rosa (, a noted artist now residing in Los Angeles, has been a driving force in bringing members of the group to the US.

The primary members of the group exhibiting at MSU will include six American artists (France Garrido, Joe A. MacGown, K.D. Matheson, Patrick McGrath Muniz, Shahla Rosa, and Olga Spiegel) and four Portuguese artists ( Victor Lages, Santiago Ribeiro, Paula Rosa, and Francisco Urbano), all of who regularly exhibit their artwork internationally. Other local artists who will be exhibiting include Joseph MacGown, Randi Watson, Gerard Woods, Brad Luke, and others.

For more info, check out our FaceBook event at

Aging Leda in the Turkish Bath by Shahla Rosa

Progress on the Antipodes Project

The Antipodes Project is a collaborative art project that Ben Tolman started. Basically, we work with 005 micron pens on 11 X 14 in pieces of Bristol paper to create super detailed weirdness! The panels are put together to create large pieces. Many very talented artists from around the world are working with together on the project, and we are still looking for more artists to contribute. Currently, two projects are completed and two more are close to fruition. Read more about our extraordinary group on our FB page at 

The project that is in my possession will be on display at the LUSO American Exhibition at Mississippi State in January, and all four projects will be shown at the Fridge Gallery in DC July 2-31, 2016. More details later. Visit their fb page at…. 

A quick phone capture of Project 4 which now includes 16 11X14 inch panels, with 4 more being adding to the left side!