About the Show

River Oaks welcomes 2021 Annual 5x5x5 Miniature Show and Competition

Opening right before Thanksgiving, The Annual 5x5x5 Miniature Exhibition has been the finale in our lineup of exhibitions since its inception and has quickly become a crowd favorite. With a National Call for Artists that regularly brings hundreds of entries from all over the United States to the Arts Center, this year’s inception of the event received 191 entries with 99 of those entries being invited to be part of the event. 

“The combination of the 5x5x5 Miniature Exhibition and the Annual Porch Sale allows art enthusiasts to add pieces from local, regional and national artists to their collection,” says Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director at River Oaks. “More importantly we have an opportunity to witness a level of creativity that is, in many ways, unlike any other. The incredible detail and ingenuity that goes into miniature art is remarkable and River Oaks hosts one of the biggest miniature shows of this kind in the Southeast.”

Guest Juror Hailey Prestifilippo is a studio artist who currently focuses on finding new ways to use drawing as a contemporary medium.  Her work combines abstraction and representation, often experimenting with mediums and surfaces.  Originally from Augusta, GA, she received her BFA from the University of Notre Dame and her MA from Eastern Illinois University.  She teaches full time with the School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma, and previously with the Gibbs College of Architecture.

Prestifilippo will jury the exhibition and the winners of the coveted Best In Show and the Beck Crowell Creative Award will be announced at the exhibition opening on November 12. Past winners of the Best In Show Award have been Tajreen Shupti (2016), John DeHoog (2017), Nathan Taylor (2018), Heather Brunetti (2019), and Amber Koprin (2020). The Beck Crowell Creative Award is new in this year’s show, honoring former resident artist Rebecca "Beck" McLure Crowell who passed away in 2020.

Prestifilippo will also exhibit her own works in an exhibition titled “Objects of my Affection.” ‘Recent Works | Nature Inspirations’ by Resident Artist Martha Pete will be featured in the Galerie des Amis. “As a child, I remember creating with my hands and have always had a love for art,” says Pete. “I started painting in the early 70’s, and then went to Louisiana College part time to study art from 1978 to 1990.” Pete’s works have been an institution in homes and collections far beyond the Central Louisiana area. Rounding out the lineup will be works from the Ceramics Outreach Project featuring students from The ARC Rapides with Instructor: Carole Steele in the Stokes Harris Gallery. 

An exhibition opening reception has been scheduled on November 12 from 5-7pm at the Arts Center. The opening reception is sponsored in part by LA Charities Trust, The Martin Foundation, Decentralized Art Fund|LA Project Grant, Beck Crowell Memorial, GAEDA and the Dr. Betsy Long Memorial Fund.