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Bold, new art exhibition featuring national 40 artists opens at Kelwood Contemporary Art

A bold new art exhibition featuring 40 artists from around the country opens at Kelwood Contemporary Art. The exhibition is called Finding Your Voice in America Today and it gives voice to a variety of viewpoints and timely topics. 

The exhibit will feature Gallery Talks on Sunday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, March 1 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. both days. The exhibition opens to the public Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon until 5:00 p.m. through March 8th.

50 Years by P. Hanson

This is Kelwood’s third annual national juried show focused on contemporary issues. Their first show, Reflections on 2016, emphasized the city’s racial tensions, record breaking floods, and a divisive election season.

“This is an opportunity to provide a forum for thought-provoking and insightful work,” said Jennifer Carwile, owner of Kelwood Contemporary Art and curator of the show. 

“Artists through the ages have used their media to offer both veiled and overt social commentary,” added Carwile. “We started hosting this show to give visual artists an opportunity to show how they are responding to current events.” 

America, Take 2 by Jacqueline Madara-Campbell

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Carwile hopes that art focused on topical viewpoints encourages conversation in the community. 

“We are living in a period where it seems like people are finding their voice, and yet there is no conversation. The dialogue between disparate voices is not happening. Art can provide an opening to the discourse by showing issues through a new perspective and telling stories through a voice you hadn’t yet heard.”

And her purpose of displaying Finding Your Voice in America Today is to bring these stories to light. 

“Our intention with this show is to give voice to the full spectrum of stories and experience. Through a series of gallery talks and community discussions we hope encourage dialogue to promote understanding.”

So, engage in the conversation and see the national art on Kelwood Avenue in Baton Rouge.