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LSU Museum of Art Receives Prestigious NEA Grant to Support “Visual Blues” Harlem Renaissance Exhibition

02/19/2014 10:39 AM

BATON ROUGE –National Endowment for the Arts, or NEA, Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa recently announced that the LSU Museum of Art will be the recipient of a competitive NEA Art Works grant. The LSU Museum of Art was recommended for a $30,000 grant to support its upcoming exhibition, “The Visual Blues.” This is the first grant awarded to the LSU Museum of Art by the NEA.


From March 7 through July 13, 2014, the LSU Museum of Art will present “The Visual Blues,” an exhibition exploring the rich interaction that took place between Harlem Renaissance artists and the wealth of blues and jazz music emanating from the Deep South and moving north.


Artists and musicians blurred artistic boundaries, drawing inspiration from each other and often contributing to the other’s art forms. The art scene in Harlem from 1919 to approximately 1940 provided a creative haven for African Americans and encouraged a melding of art, music, literature and poetry giving rise to the term “Harlem Renaissance.” The Visual Blues exhibition comprises more than 60 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculptures by 26 artists, illustrating the unprecedented outburst of artistic creativity during this period inspired by blues and jazz, dance and social clubs.


“It is a great honor to receive this NEA grant,” said Jordana Pomeroy, director of the LSU Museum of Art. “This financial support will enable the LSU Museum of Art to bring to fruition an exhibition that not only explores familiar territory from a new angle, but helps uncover artists whose lives and reputations have been submerged over time. This grant award signifies national recognition of the important work we are doing here in Louisiana.”


In addition to the support from the NEA, “The Visual Blues” has been awarded funds from the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the Art Dealers Association of America and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.


For more information on how you can support The Visual Blues, contact Fairleigh Jackson at or 225.389.7212.


Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence – public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, visit the NEA website at


The LSU Museum of Art is located in Downtown Baton Rouge at 100 Lafayette Street on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts. General admission is $5 each for adults and children age 13 and over. Admission is free to university faculty, staff, and students with ID, children age 12 and under, and museum members. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 225-389-7200.





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LSU Museum of Art


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