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AMoA Announces David Butler as Juror for its Annual Contemporary Competition and Adds Two New Sculptural Works to its Property

Jul 10, 2024, 09:46 AM
Alexandria Museum of Art (AMoA) proudly announces David Butler as the 2024 juror for the museum’s annual September Competition...
ALEXANDRIA - Alexandria Museum of Art (AMoA) proudly announces David Butler as the 2024 juror for the museum’s annual September Competition and celebrates new works by Morris Taft Thomas and Ky Breaux being installed.

AMoA’s September Competition is an annual juried exhibition, now in its thirty-seventh year, showcasing the artwork of contemporary artists across various media and styles. This year, 59 artworks have been carefully selected from over 440 international submissions. These pieces are featured in a vibrant, full-color print catalog. The chosen artists hail from five countries and 20 states. The exhibition will be on display at AMoA until September 28, 2024. The juror, David Butler, will be in attendance at the Member opening reception on Friday, July 12, at 6 p.m. 

In another exciting development, local sculptor Morris Taft Thomas generously donated a new sculpture to the museum. The sculpture, titled The Cajun Gator, Boudreaux, is a Portland Cement sculpture depicting an alligator. It now graces the museum's patio area, a gift to the children of Alexandria, symbolizing the spirit of the local community. 

Additionally, a new sculpture by emerging artist Ky Beaux is being installed in the museum's parking lot. The sculpture, Hurricane Strong, pays homage to resilience and strength. A metal tree embedded in concrete, the piece is inspired by the artist's mother, Rachel Kyren, symbolizing endurance in the face of challenges, much like the resilience of the local community against hurricanes.

This collaborative project involved AMoA, Barron Heinberg & Brocato Architects & Engineers, Williams Fence & Aluminum, LLC, and Patriot Metalworx, LLC. The sculpture, created as part of a National Endowment for the Arts initiative in 2023, emphasizes environmental sustainability through the use of recycled and recyclable materials like metal and glass sourced locally. We owe a special thanks to Glass Act for donating the glass cullet.

The installation of this sculpture was made possible in part by a Louisiana Project Grant administered by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana.

Dana Lyles
Director of Operations and Outreach