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Capital City Contemporary 5: Water

Capital City Contemporary 5: Water

Colonnade Gallery

August 01, 2020 - December 13, 2020

The fifth installation of Capital City Contemporary, a biennial exhibition begun in 2014 that spotlights the work of local and regional artists who exemplify Louisiana artistry, focuses on the theme of Water. In Louisiana, possibly more than anywhere else in the continental United States, water dictates life. Wetlands and bayous nurture the environment. The Mississippi River carries goods and passengers from the top of the state to the Gulf of Mexico. Louisianans establish farms, homes, and cities along the banks of bodies of water.

Living so closely with water brings with it benefits, but it also poses risk. During the historic Flood of 2016, residents suffered the loss of homes, possessions, safety, and even life. Today, a global pandemic has once again put water in the spotlight. This time, water plays the role of a healer or savior; through its cleansing power, we can halt the spread of germs and purify the world around us. 

The twelve Louisiana artists on view - Aron Belka, Anne Boudreau, Adrian Deckbar, Malaika Favorite, Rhea Gary, Julie Glass, Frank Hamrick, Eleanor Owen Kerr, Mary Monk, AKM Jabed Rashel, Allison Stewart, and Kate Trepagnier - are all masters of the subject of water and address it in myriad ways.


This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President and Metro Council.