Water Tower Regional Reflects Contemporary Jurors


I wanted to see the 2011 Water Tower Regional so I buzzed over to the Water Tower off Zorn Ave at The Louisville Art Association ( LVAA). The Water Tower Regional began in 1909 and is the oldest competitive juried art exhibition in the southeast and midwest regions. This exhibit includes 27 pieces of art ranging from photography, painting, fiber and 3D.

The selected artists are from Kentucky and its contiguous states. I was pleased to see some familiar names from Louisville; Geoff Carr, photographer and Lauren Argo, 3D.

The jurors this year were Alice Stites, Director of artwithoutwalls and Suzanne Weaver, Curator of Contemporary Art at The Speed Art Museum. In the jury statement, the jurors say  “ We were excited to discover connecting themes and concepts. …..Although we do not have a title for our exhibition, the works selected appear to explore landscape and architecture, both rural and urban.”  When I read the juror statement after I saw the exhibit I kind of had that “aha” moment. You probably should read the juror statement before seeing the exhibit but anyway they were spot on.

This is definitely a show worth seeing especially if you like photography which I thought was excellent. Free to members, $3 for nonmembers. This exhibit runs through April 10. On March 8, Alice Stites will be the speaker at Food for Thought program at LVAA. If you ever wondered why jurors choose certain pieces or their thoughts behind putting together a show, this is your chance to hear from Alice.