Local Artist’s Painting Selected for Entry in Juried International Art Competition

Elizabeth Morgan’s painting entitled “Lifting the Sky” (48”x48” mixed media), has been selected for entry in the Alexandria Museum of Art’s 34th Annual International Juried Art Competition. Elizabeth said “Lifting the Sky” “is about releasing the negative things in life and embracing the positive.”  Elizabeth explained that her “work ranges from hyper realistic to abstract. The piece in the Alexandria Museum of Art is an abstract figurative piece.”

A juried art competition is essentially a competition in which artists submit their work to a juror to see if he/she finds the artwork worthy of inclusion in the final exhibition/competition.

Elizabeth was among many artists from around the world who submitted their artwork to be juried.

Competition juror Andrew James Wulf, Ph.D., who currently serves as the Executive Director of the AAM-accredited Albany Museum of Art in Albany, Georgia, selected “Lifting the Sky” to be included in the exhibition/competition.

Elizabeth said she is “ABSOLUTELY THRILLED to have been juried into the Alexandria Museum of Art AMOA 34th Annual September Competition. Getting into this call for artists has been a personal goal for many years and it finally happened. So excited! Who knew a country girl like me could get art on the wall of a fancy museum?”  

Elizabeth usually downplays her artistic abilities by saying, “Basically, I paint and draw stuff.”

Not only will Elizabeth’s art be on display in the museum, the AMOA displayed her painting in the advertisement for the competition.

In addition to having their artwork on display in the Alexandria Museum of Art, artists will be competing for cash prizes:

  • First Place: $800
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $300
  • Honorable Mention: $100
  • Honorable Mention: $100
  • Honorable Mention: $100

Elizabeth’s painting will be on view from July 9th until October 23rd at the Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 2nd St. in Alexandria.

Elizabeth Morgan’s Bio:

Elizabeth Morgan was raised in Southeast Bienville Parish. She holds a BA of Interior Design from Louisiana Tech University. While at Louisiana Tech she received the coveted Hart Design Excellence Award that allowed for travel and study of art and architecture in Italy.

Elizabeth also helped to document the Melrose Plantation through (HABS) drawers (Historic American Building Survey) Her hand measured and hand drawn delineations of the site plan and hardware detail of The Melrose Plantation, Big House were deposited in the Library of Congress and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia where they remain on file. The drawings and other teammates drawers were recognized by the Historic American Building Survey of the National Park Service and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia for Second place in the Charles E. Peterson Prize. The delineations were also published in a book by F. Lester Martin titled Folk and Styled Architecture, Volume II, The River Parishes.

After college, Elizabeth and her husband moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast where she worked as a kitchen and bath designer and was recognized for her design and sales excellence. After hurricane Katrina she and her husband relocated to Cookeville, TN and she became active in the creative community. Elizabeth participated in numerous workshops at the Appalachian Center for Craft and also became a member of the Cumberland Art Society. Later she and her husband moved to Sparta, TN where she continued her creative works in the third parking spot in her garage. In 2009 she had a solo show in Cookeville, TN.

After living out of state for over 15 years, Elizabeth and her husband relocated back to Louisiana in 2014 were she continued to create in her garage. Elizabeth’s dream has always been to just do her art. In 2017 she made a faithful commitment to do one work of art per week to honor God for the gifts that he has given her. Knowing that if the good Lord wanted her to be a fulltime artist that he would make a way for her.

Elizabeth works in all mediums from pencil to paint and sometimes even sculpture. She is known for detailed leaf drawings and oil paintings. Elizabeth now works fulltime in her Studio at River Oaks Square Arts Center in Alexandria, La where she has been a resident artist since 2018.

Organizations/ Memberships

  • Allied ASID
  • Member – Oil Painters of America
  • Member – Portrait Society of America

Juried exhibitions

  • River Oaks Square Arts Center-5×5 – National Call – 2018
  • R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, La. – “Bloom”- International Call – 2019
  • River Oaks Square Arts Center, Alexandria, La -“5×5” – National Call -2019
  • Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Show, Alexandria, La – National Call – 2019
  • R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, La – “Muse”- International Call – 2019
  • Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, La -” Pause” – Local call -2020
  • River Oaks Square Arts Center, Alexandria, La.- 5×5- 2020
  • Alexandria Museum of Art, “34th Annual September Competition” – International Call- 2021

Non juried exhibitions/ group shows/group events

  • Louisiana Tech University Senior show 1998
  • CAS, Cookeville, TN 2009
  • Ruston Peach Festival, NCLAC- 2nd Place
  • River Oaks Square Arts Center, Resident Artist Group Show/ 2019,2020,2021
  • Contemporary Artist Guild, Plein Air Marksville, Merit award
  • StArtle PopUp Show, 2019
  • Contemporary Artist Guild, 2020, Merit award
  • StArtle Group Show, 2020

Upcoming events

  • 34th September Competition Exhibition- International juried call- July 2021 to Oct 2021 at the Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana
  • Solo Exhibition- August 27, 2021 at River Oaks Square Arts Center , Gallery Des Amis

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