NCLAC in partnership with Pelican Realty of North Louisiana announce a Call for Entries for a Mural Design. The winning designer will receive $500 and the design will be painted on a residential building by mural team, Heirloom Designs. The top entries received will be displayed in an exhibition in Summer 2016 (location to be determined). The deadline for digital entries is May 1.
The theme for the mural is Louisiana Wildlife: Air, Land and Water. The call is open to any two-dimensional media, and is for artists living in Louisiana.
The dimensions are here: 2016_Mural-Design_Building-Dimensions
The entry form is here: 2016_Mural-EntryFormContract.
The entry fee for the Mural Design Call is $20 for non-NCLAC members, and $10 for NCLAC members.
Design considerations 1) avoid compositions that use a lot of yellow, as it’s hard to compete with light from the sun 2) avoid figures for reasons of scale and legibility from street view 3) this will be painted on a residential building 4) this is a celebration of north central Louisiana and its natural environment.
The location of the mural is 400 Kennon Lane in Ruston, on the corner of Maple and Alabama, which is near Louisiana Tech University’s Joe Aillet Stadium. The completed mural will see heavy traffic.
As mentioned before, the top entries received will be displayed in a public exhibition in Summer 2016. The exact date and location isn’t completely set, but most likely it will be mid-June in downtown Ruston. Pelican Realty of North Louisiana will provide shipping costs to and from the exhibition.
Thanks to Becky and Jay Strickler, and Pelican Realty of North Louisiana for their support of the arts.
In order to submit your design, email
Entry fees can be sent via paypal with our link here, or by mail to NCLAC Po Box 911 Ruston, LA 71270
NCLAC is pleased to announce an exhibition for art historian and collector, Saul Zalesch. It celebrates Valentine’s Day through romance-oriented movie posters from around the world. These examples range in date from 1939 to 2005 and geographically from Russia and Jugoslavia to the United States. Many of the movies that this paper advertised are completely unknown today, but the show does include such popular favorites as Saturday Night Fever, Love Story, and Doctor Zhivago, and such one-time pop-hits as Beach Blanket Bingo and Disney’s Moon Pilot. Zalesch, Associate Professor of Art History at Louisiana Tech University, organized the exhibition. All of the items displayed are drawn from his personal collection of movie paper. The show opened January 27 and will be on display until March 1.
NCLAC is happy to announce a new exhibition by the artist Dianne Douglas. The paintings, featuring colorful landscapes and figures, are on display now through March 1, 2016 at the Dixie Center for the Arts Lobby.
Dianne Douglas started painting watercolors at an early age in her hometown of Wewoka, Oklahoma under the tutelage of her father Stephen. She continued to paint during her teaching career at Louisiana Tech University, where she holds the title of Professor Emerita of Hispanic Literature and Language. She believes that painting with watercolors is like working directly with light and relishes in the inherent difficulties of the medium to create beautiful works of art. In Douglas’s artist statement she writes, “The more I experiment with watercolor, the more I am in awe of its limitless possibilities. Each painting brings new ways of seeing and interpreting the world.” Douglas works on a small scale that forces her to distill the essence of each scene and eliminate extraneous detail. She now experiments more boldly with light, seeking sharper contrasts of form and color for their visual impact. Her recent paintings incorporate more and more the people she sketches and photographs in and around Ruston and while traveling in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. She has displayed her artwork across North Louisiana, and her painting Peach Prism won first place in the Transparent Paint category for NCLAC’s 2015 Peach Art Exhibit.
Visit our galleries page to see more about our exhibitions…
Cotton Top Print Shop & Fine Art
Jane and Jim Ball
Grambling State University Theatre Department
Kathy and Chris Stone
Cleaners of Ruston
Ruston’s Locker Room
Frame of Mind
My Happy Place Vintage Market
Bossier Arts Council
Mary Jane VanZandt
David Hedgepeth Interiors
Fuego Dulce Sauces
Josh Shirley with Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
Shannan Inman with Paperglaze Calligraphy
The Children’s Shoppe
Danni Jones Physical Therapy
Park Avenue Antiques
Mary Louise Carter
Diana’s Little Shop
Vintage & Vogue
Cathi Cox-Boniol and Tom Boniol
Harold Parker with Vienna Ironworks
Main Street Exchange
Makers Union Co.
Townsend House Gifts
Sandra and Charles Hart
Kelly Moore Bag
The Fashion of Ruston
Catherine and Winston McVea
Chris Hart and Hart Designs
Tommie Sue Slaughter
The Pewter Company
Bobby Dowling with LA Tech Athletics
The Fabric Shop
Renee Hunt with the Art House
Britt Choate with Counter Culture
2 Crazy Girls
Ruth Yung with Accent of the East
Scott Lewis with Margaritaville
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council serves Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln and Union Parishes. We are supported by our Members, and a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and administered by Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.