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The Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery is a public space available to rent for exhibitions, rehearsals, private and public events. The gallery is a 1700 square foot finished space on the second-level of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, located at 427 Laurel Street in Downtown Baton Rouge. The space offers generous open floor and wall- hanging spaces, natural light from a large picture window and hard wood floors.

For more information and to rent the space, contact curator Kelsey Livingston at or call 225-344-8558 ext. 223.

Regular Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, and reception times listed below.

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Society For Photographic Education South Central Juried Educator Exhibition

Curated by russel lord, the freeman family, curator of photographs at the new orleans museum of art.

This exhibition is in conjunction with the Society of Photographic Education South Central Regional Conference. Both the conference and exhibition theme are Material + Meaning. 

Material + Meaning brings together shared thematic concerns at the forefront of contemporary photographic practices. The widespread exploration of the aesthetic and physical possibilities of photography points toward a renewed understanding of the photograph as material object. We are interested in putting these investigations of the tactile and tangible in conversation with the harder-to-pin-down social and political concerns of our time. What can photography help us understand about power, truth, transparency, and reliability?  We look to artists who synthesize materiality and meaning to act as stewards of interpretation and representation---framing and shaping visual culture and politics.


The Juror this year is Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Lord previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. His deepest area of expertise is the origins of photography, but Lord has written and lectured widely on almost every moment in the history of photography. His recent publications include: Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2018), Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument (2013), Edward Burtynsky: Water (2013), “The Treachery of Images: Photo-Unrealism in Photorealism: Beginnings to Today (2014). Lord’s recent exhibitions include: Photography, Sequence, and Time (2012-13); Ten Years Gone (2015); and Something in the Way: A Brief History of Photography and Obstruction (2016-2017). Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media.


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Five Friends

Five artists and long-time friends will exhibit and perform music, poetry and fiction in a mixed-media event and exhibition. The graphic art will include photographs, paintings, and mixed media pieces. The music will be original jazz, folk and rock performed by the composers. The readings will be poems and fiction read by the authors.

The Artists

  • Charles deGravelles has published fiction and poetry in literary journals and anthologies. His books include The Well Governed Son (New Orleans Poetry Journal Press) and Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run (LSU Press) which won the Louisiana Library Association Best Book of 2015. He is also a composer, photographer, and painter.

  • Michael Palmintier is best known musically as the lead singer in the Bench Bar Boogie Band, a popular Baton Rouge band. He has performed his original music in a wide variety of venues.

  • Ed Ruzicka’s poetry has been widely published in top literary journals. His premier collection, Engines of Belief (Abenbook) was published in …

  • John S. Tarlton is a novelist and short-story writer whose published work includes the novels Window Facing West (Bridgeworks) and The Cost of Doing Business (Bridgeworks). He has also published literary journals and anthologies of southern fiction.

  • Nancy Von Brock is an art teacher (University High School) and painter whose works have been exhibited in galleries and juried exhibits.


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