2016 Dirty South Mug Award Recipients

On behalf of River Oaks board, staff and our Central Louisiana arts community, we would like to thank the numerous artists who entered their incredible work into River Oaks’ 2nd Annual Dirty South Mug Call and Competition.  What an amazing array of talent seen here in these three galleries.  Special thanks to our sponsors: LA Division of the Arts, Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority and Ugly Mug Marketing.

Just a few interesting Stats from our 2nd Annual Dirty South Mug Call for 2016–
227 Mugs are showcased here in our three galleries
28 States are represented
State with most entrants: tie between LA and TX (nine entrants each)
Farthest distance traveled: Mierra Mathison- British Columbia who is a part of our Friends component of the show.

Special thanks to our extraordinary guest Juror, Kristen Kieffer.  Kristen is a full time studio potter, workshop presenter and instructor from Baldwinville, Massachusetts.   Last week, she provided extensive lessons showcasing her unique designs and techniques to a sold out workshop, some students from as far away as California.  She was also tasked with jurying over 180 applications, selecting featured entries for our Main Gallery Showing (Bolton Davis Gallery).  As customary with our guest jurors, Kieffer provided a little insight into here decision making process to a crowd of 100 at the opening reception on Friday evening.  She discussed her choices for ‘Best in Show’ and Merit Award winners.

The Award Recipients are as follows:

2nd Annual Dirty South Mug Show – Juried Competition Portion – Guest Juror Kristen Kieffer
Best in Show – Nikki Mizak “Junior” (North Carolina)
2nd Place – Stephen Heywood “Cup” (Florida)
3rd Place – Chris Pate “Mug #1” (Oregon)
Merit Award/HM – Emily Vizina – “Magnolia Tea Bowl” (Louisiana)
Merit Award/HM – Mashiko Erhard – “Mug” (Missouri)

2nd Annual Dirty South Mug Show – Friends of the Arts Center Component – Panel Jury

Best in Show – Renee Lopresti – “Chairs”  (Texas)
Merit Award/HM – Rebecca Lowery – “Berrylicious Mug”  (Indiana)