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Monday, September 27, 2010 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Baton Rouge Gallery Announces its Third Annual Surreal Salon--A National Juried Exhibition

Baton Rouge Gallery, a BREC facility, is proud to announce it is now accepting applications from artists for the Third Annual Surreal Salon. The Surreal Salon runs from Jan. 4-27, 2011 at Baton Rouge Gallery center for contemporary art - inside BREC's Historic City Park, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. 

This exciting exhibition features the work of contemporary artists from across the country. The art engages viewers in a multi-sensory art experience, shedding light on the growing popularity and exceptional quality of contemporary surrealism and the pop-surrealist movement. The Third Annual Surreal Salon celebrates the many reasons why this irreverent and exciting movement has come to the forefront of contemporary art in recent years.

All artists living and creating in the United States and its commonwealths and territories are eligible to submit work for this multimedia exhibition. The application/prospectus for the exhibition is available for download at batonrougegallery.org or at Baton Rouge Gallery. The work of applicants is limited only by their imagination and all media is encouraged to apply. In order to simplify the submission process for artists, the entire process is completed online. Submissions for the Third Annual Surreal Salon are due by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010.

In 2011, Baton Rouge Gallery hosts a costumed soiree in honor of the Surreal Salon on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the gallery.  This evening of visual art, live musical performances and surrealist games challenges attendees to top the "surreal" costumes from last year's event. At the soiree, prizes are awarded to the top five works included in the Third Annual Surreal Salon, as selected by the exhibition's juror, with $2,000 in cash prizes distributed. Additional cash and prizes are given to the attendeeswho have the "most surreal attire" at the soiree.

The juror for the Third Annual Surreal Salon is artist and sculptor Chris Ryniak. Currently a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, Ryniak is a graduate (and former instructor) of the Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida. Ryniak's paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. including some of the nation's most popular contemporary art galleries:  Copro Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), MyPlasticHeart (NYC), Roq La Rue (Seattle, WA), Gallery 1988 (Los Angeles, CA). His work was also featured at Art Basel, (Miami, FL) as well as abroad in Germany, Canada and Italy. Ryniak art graced the pages of Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz Magazine as well as various periodicals in Europe and Singapore. Lastly, he has done freelance work for The Washington Times, The Village Voice, Playboy and Continental Airlines.

On Jan. 23, the day following the Surreal Salon Soiree, Ryniak will speak at Baton Rouge Gallery as a special engagement of the Gallery's popular ARTiculate series (a part of the Sundays@4 program). During this engagement, Ryniak provides insight into his unique artistic processes and work. According to Ryniak, "Whatever the medium or outlet that I explore with my work, the message is always the same, and that is to never forget the wondrous world beneath our feet and the treasures it holds between the cracks." Ryniak's presentation is free and open to the public beginning at 4 p.m.

Last January, thousands attended the gallery's Second Annual Surreal Salon, which featured the work of 35 artists from 14 states. Celebrating the exhibition, the gallery hosted the Surreal Salon Soiree, which welcomed attendees from across the country clad in surreal costumes ranging from felines to swashbucklers and Magritte-inspired visions to Scrabble boards. The critically-acclaimed band, GIVERS, and local musical celebrity DJ OttO provided the night's musical entertainment, while many took part in surrealist games such as Exquisite Corpse.

For more information on the Surreal Salon, please visit batonrougegallery.org or call 225-383-1470.

Baton Rouge Gallery, a BREC facility, is supported in part by funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge (through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program) and a grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Gallery also receives support from the Community Fund for the Arts, WRKF, its Community Members and the late Paula Manship.

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