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Call to artists for First LaGrange Southeast Regional

Entry deadline: Jan. 8, 2016 The LaGrange Art Museum in LaGrange, Ga., announces a call to artists for the First LaGrange Southeast Regional, a competition open to all artists in the Southeast over 18 years of age. The categories are painting, prints and drawings, ceramics and sculpture, and decorative arts and mixed media. Accepted works will be exhibited at the LaGrange Art Museum from Feb. 19 through April 2, 2016. Entry fee is $35 for up to four works. Entry deadline is Jan. 8, 2016. Purchase awards will be made, and the purchased works will be added to the permanent collection. The juror will present merit awards to a limited number of works. Juror Deanna Sirlin was born in Brooklyn, New York, and spent her formative years studying art in the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and the Brooklyn Museum. She studied painting in New York and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Queens College of the City University of New York. Major installations of her art have covered the sides of buildings, including the High Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. She has permanent work in Venice, Italy at Ca' Foscari and in many buildings and collections in Atlanta. Most recently, she joined with Pawel Althamer at the New Museum in NYC for his Draftsman’s Congress. Sirlin lives and works outside of Atlanta, Ga. The First LaGrange Southeast Regional traces its roots to the LaGrange National Competition, which began in 1964 when a competitive show known as the Gardens Art Festival was organized and sponsored by the Chattahoochee Valley Art Association, LaGrange College and Callaway Gardens. In 1974, the competition was moved to LaGrange, took the name LaGrange National, and was expanded from a regional to a national show. In 1984, the competition was expanded again into two shows held simultaneously, with the Chattahoochee Valley Art Association and the Lamar Dodd Art Center.