1515 Dalrymple Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Ever since, BRG has been proud to showcase the work of professional artists including some of the best from Baton Rouge and Louisiana's contemporary art community. Over the past five decades, some of the most admired visual artists have shared their work on the walls at BRG. Artists like Caroline Durieux, Edward Pramuk, James Burke, Frank Hayden, Paul Dufour, Janice Sachse and many more were there at the inception of the gallery and helped lay the foundation for a new avenue for art to be experienced in Baton Rouge. Many would follow in their footsteps and help build BRG as a true forum for the artists of our community, including Samuel J. Corso, Judi Betts, Randell Henry and others.
In 1984, BRG entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement with BREC, the parks and recreation department of East Baton Rouge Parish, that would see the organization relocate to its current home in City Park. The two organizations have partnered ever since, working together to make quality art accessible to the community for more than 30 years. The pavilion within which BRG is housed was originally the pool house for City Park, built in the late 1920's, and was closed in 1963.
Today, BRG offers new contemporary art exhibitions on a monthly basis featuring professional local and (occasionally) national artists with opening receptions on the first Wednesday of each month. BRG also offers a wealth of cultural programming that brings visitors face-to-face with contemporary art across disciplines, including film, poetry, dance, music and more. Art exhibitions at BRG typically feature current works of its artist members (except during the months of January and April, when it hosts special juried exhibitions). In any given exhibition, you might see the work of photographers, painters, sculptors, stained-glass artists, printmakers, ceramicists, multi-media and/or installation artists.
One of the things that sets BRG apart from other similar galleries/museums is that it has maintained some of its identity as an artist cooperative, meaning that only the artists have the authority to welcome new artists to join the gallery and only the artists have the ability to excuse an artist from the gallery. Today, BRG is among the longest-standing artist cooperative organization in the United States. The aim has been to give a different view of quality contemporary art in our area, as opposed to the viewpoint of a single curator or gallery owner.
BRG has been honored to be a part of the growth Baton Rouge has seen over the past 50 years, both as a city and as a community with a developing appreciation for the arts.
We look forward to the next 50 years of art exhibitions and programming at BRG and hope you will join BRG in continuing to promote the arts in Louisiana's capital city.
"Tiny but impactful gallery that hosts fun events." - Paul Roberts (Google)
"Nice, small exhibit space for local artists in beautiful City Park." - Richard J. Barbalace (Google)
"I had no idea that this place is practically in my backyard! I visited yesterday, and I'm looking forward to visiting again for future exhibitions and events. I really like the gallery spaces. They have a cozy feel, and the natural lighting is great. Also, the choice of work for this month was excellent." - Colin Miller (Facebook)
"Love the Art o Mat and the gentleman that was working the night we were there was so helpful and informative even though it was so close to closing time. Great installations!" - Gretchen Kron Dust (Facebook)
"This place is curated and run by a group of wonderful people who truly care about what they bring to and put on the table." - Matthew J Caprio (Facebook)