Competition Intercontinental de Louisiane is pleased to announce their Formal Visual Artists for the 35th annual celebration. Right after a hoping calendar year like 2020, the corporation felt that now is the perfect time to celebrate the unity and range that Pageant International encompasses and shares with the entire world.

Somewhat than deciding on one particular Official Artist for this yr, like common, Festival has introduced alongside one another several artisans with numerous backgrounds and mediums to generate a piece of commissioned artwork that is unifying and one of a kind. The all star collaborators contain Neka Mire, Jerome Ford and Luann Duhon. Festival thinks that by coming together, its followers, artists and organizers can rise previously mentioned these difficulties to manifest anything even higher than prior to.

With the artwork recently concluded and the 2021 poster quickly heading off to print, organizers are enthusiastic to share the piece with the neighborhood at the artwork reveal afterwards this spring. At this time, they would like to introduce the impressive roster of artists that have been picked to encompass the magic of Competition Intercontinental. Their stories and crafts have led them to be component of this collaborative cultural working experience, and it is a enjoyment to introduce them all as the Official Visual Artists of Festival 2021.

Neka S. Mire is a Chitimacha bead artist and river cane weaver. Neka began beading as a boy or girl in 1993 at Chitimacha Tribal School and ongoing to increase her artistry more than the several years. In addition to beading and cane weaving, she types & crochets equipment and practices finger weaving, pill weaving, and inkle weaving.

Mire’s determination and talent have furnished her with chances to share the traditions of her lifestyle with audiences around and much. She carries on to learn and share the strategies of her Chitimacha ancestors and tribal associates.

“I feel drastically honored to be one particular of the artists to function on the art for this year’s Festival Worldwide, and to function with Jerome Ford and Luann Duhon.” Neka claimed. “The mat that I wove for Festival International is the initially mat I have ever made. The changing directions of the lines characterize the way music impacts each and every of us individually and collectively as songs, movement, and daily life merge into 1.”

Up upcoming, Jerome Ford, the painter out of this specific collaboration, was born and lifted in New Orleans and this is reflected in his vibrant artwork. As a kid expanding up in the Reduced 9th Ward in New Orleans, Ford promises to have uncovered that his most gratifying ordeals associated coming up with and developing.

Right after graduating from LSU, the place he analyzed portray, drawing, and printmaking, Ford taught in the Proficient Visual Arts System in New Orleans until finally 2006. Hurricane Katrina drove Jerome to relocate to his wife’s hometown of Opelousas, where he carries on to educate in the Gifted Plan. His impression on childrens’ lives and the creative neighborhood are admirable. At night time, Jerome can be found painting in his studio.

As a cultural arts business, Pageant Intercontinental was drawn to Ford’s type and themes uncovered in his operate. His inspirations and suggestions appear from true life activities, such as his travels and mastering about cultures.

“Festival Worldwide is a globe-renowned entity and to be picked out to collaborate with two fantastic artists to generate this year’s pageant artwork is a job highlight.” explained Jerome. “Our layout will integrate symbols that exemplify unity and togetherness.”

The closing artist for 2021 is no stranger to Competition Intercontinental. A potter for far more than 40 many years, Luann Duhon has been section of the cultural party since its inception more than 30 decades back. From volunteering to providing artist transportation, all the way to vending art and aiding with the production of the Marché des Arts spot, Luann and her husband, Jimmie, know and love the pageant from quite a few angles. Organizers of the celebration are thrilled to have Luann’s expertise driving the formal artwork for 2021.

With character becoming a frequent topic in her get the job done, Luann enjoys horse hair raku and vibrant mixed media fish and birds. Duhon is also a qualified floral designer. She has lifted her household though keeping crucial roles in community arts corporations, including a hand in setting up the Louisiana Crafts Guild.

Luann grew up close to Cincinnati, Ohio, which is where by she began her 1st apprenticeship in 1978. She arrived to Lafayette, Louisiana in 1981 to show up at USL, where she would satisfy her potential spouse and be welcomed into his big Cajun family. Neighborhood involvement and collaboration with other artists are important factors of Luann’s daily life, so this current collaborative knowledge was a perfect in good shape.

In 2021, Competition International de Louisiane’s purpose is to emphasis on the mélange of art, music, and love for persons and cultures that the occasion provides to Lafayette, and the entire world. This collaborative artwork will light the way for a pivotal era and will mirror on these themes of creative imagination and positivity.

“We appear forward to all remaining collectively again, both equally just about this spring and in particular person in the future.” said Scott Feehan, Executive Director of Competition. “We hope you will sign up for us in assistance of the celebration this spring, just like every single calendar year. Remain tuned for plenty of enjoyable announcements, such as our massive 2021 artwork and tunes lineup expose! Pageant is having more than Lafayette this April in new methods.”