The exhibition will open Friday, February 21, 2014 with Opening Receptions and Awards presentations at both the Lamar Dodd Art Center and the LaGrange Art Museum.
The LaGrange National Competition traces its beginning to 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 completely separate shows held simultaneously, with the Chattahoochee Valley Art Association exhibiting paintings, prints and drawings, and the Lamar Dodd Art Center of LaGrange College exhibiting sculpture, ceramics, photography & decorative arts. Over the years, the LaGrange National has earned an excellent reputation. It has hosted numerous distinguished jurors including Lloyed Goodrich, Richard Lahey, Carl Holty, Joseph Rishel, Larry Poons, Jane Livingston, Cynthia McCabe, Linda Cathcart, Ted Potter, Roy Slade, Henry Hopkins, Patterson Sims, Peter Mirin, Siri Engberg, Benny Andrews, Robert Lyon, Jane Jackson, Eleanor Heartney, J. Richard Gruber, PhD and Dr. Robert E. Steele. This year, Annette Cone-Skelton joins the list of these respected jurors who have helped bring additional prestige to the LaGrange National. The LaGrange National provides the citizens of West Georgia and East Alabama access to current artistic practice from throughout the United States; offers artists exhibition opportunities and purchase possibilities; and affords the LaGrange Art Museum and the Lamar Dodd Art Center a means for the development of significant collections of contemporary American art. Both organizations have been extremely fortunate to have generous support from the Callaway Foundation of LaGrange and others who have provided purchase award funds to further their growing collections.