Artists and their artwork for the Southern Open 2012 artists will be showcased in  the Main Gallery of the Acadiana Center for the Arts beginning with the Second Saturday Artwalk, May 12 and running through July 14.

The AcA, 101 W. Vermilion, is located in downtown Lafayette.

The original media chosen for the Southern Open 2012 includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photography and video/DVD provided by visual artists.

The 31 artists are Chad Aldridge, Richard Armendariz, David Armentor, M R Barry, Kathy Baus, Heather Bause, Joe Bennett, David Bogus, Sesthasak Boonchai, Matthew Broussard, Shanna Dantonio, Lee Deigaard, Keith Dorwick, Troy Dugas, Kurt Dyrhaug, Terry Grow, Sandria Hu, Weston Lambert, Colin Miller, Emee Morgan, Stephanie Patton, Pat Phillips, Alex Podesta, Akasha Rabut, Alice Raymond, Gregory Reuter, Cynthia Scott, Trish Simonite, Brian St Cyr, David Sullivan and Jonathan Vaughan.

The juror is Rene Barilleaux, chief curator and curator of art after 1945 at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. Barilleaux sifted through 750 pieces of artwork submitted by more than 150 artists to select the finalists.

The juror's pick of $1,000 and two $500 honorable mentions will be announced at the opening. The artist receiving the juror's pick will also receive a solo exhibition as part of the AcA Side Gallery Series during May 2013.

The Southern Open is a competitive juried exhibition featuring artists from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

For more information on Southern Open, or to view the 2012 exhibition schedule, visit here.

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