SAAC is pleased to welcome David Houston of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi as juror for the 2024 SAAC Juried Art Competition. Designed by Frank Gehr, The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art celebrates the innovative, independent and creative spirit of namesake Mississippi master potter George Ohr (1857-1918). David Houston has served as the Executive Director and Chief Curator since 2020.

With experience developing collaborative relationships between artists and institutions and inter-institutional collaborations, Houston has consulted or led the opening of six cultural institutions as well as a nature-based sculpture park. He also has over 28 years of curatorial experience in exhibition design, installation, and lighting with specialties in modern art, contemporary art, architecture, American art, and nature-based art.

Prior to his current position at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, Houston was the Director of the Bartlett Center at Columbus State University in Georgia, The Director of Curatorial at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, and the Chief Curator and Co-Director of the Ogden Museum in New Orleans.

Houston has taught the history of art at the Clemson University School of Architecture, the University of New Orleans, and the Brandenburg Technical University, Germany. He is the author of over fifty publications on art, architecture, photography and self-taught art.

SAAC’s Juried Art Competition is juried by nationally and internationally recognized art professionals and is open to all artists and makers across the nation, ages 18 and up who work in two-dimensional and three-dimensional fine arts media, including but not limited to, paintings, sculptures, photography, computer generated art, video, fiber art, and multi-media.

The deadline for artist entries into the competition is Tuesday, May 14 with exhibition showing June17- July 24, 2024. Artists may submit any number of entries via digital image on SAAC’s online entry form or optional paper entry form.Each submission is $10.

For more full details about SAAC’s Juried Art Competition, please visit the prospectus page for 2024 SAAC Juried Art Competition.