River Road Show

50th Annual

River Road Show

A National Juried Art Competition

Golden Anniversary

Entry Deadline

Monday, May 13, 2019



August 3 – September 19, 2019
Louisiana State Archives Gallery
Baton Rouge, LA



Thursday, August 29, 5:00-7:00pm

Juror of Selection & Awards
William A. Schneider, OPA, AISM

The Art Guild of Louisiana is privileged to welcome William A. Schneider, OPA, AISM as the juror and judge of this year’s River Road Show. Educated at the American Academy of Art, William also studied with such noted artists as Harley Brown, Scott Christensen, Dan Gerhartz, and Richard Schmid. He has been featured in articles in Workshop Magazine, American Artist, Southwest Art, Art of the West, International Artist, The Pastel Journal, and The Artists’ Magazines .He has won awards in national shows including those of: The Pastel Society of America, Salon International, OPA, and The Portrait Society of America. William shows in galleries in Napa Valley, Taos, Carmel, and Jackson Hole. The Pastel Society of America elected him “Master Pastelist” and the American Impressionist Society made him a “Master Signature Member”. IAPS named him to their “Master’s Circle”.

To view William’s work, visit his website at schneiderart.com.

front view of Louisiana State Archives building

exhibited at the
Louisiana State Archives Gallery
3851 Essen Lane Baton Rouge, LA
Open Mon – Fri, 8 am – 4:30 pm
Gallery is free and open to the public

crowd of people at the River Road Show reception in 2016

2018 Exhibition

Last year 137 artists entered 407 works of art in the 49th Annual National River Road Show. Thirty-five of these artists are from outside the state of Louisiana. The juror, Iain Stewart, selected 70 paintings produced by 70 artists from 10 states, that were exhibited in the show at the Louisiana State Archives Gallery in Baton Rouge in September 2018. Iain Stewart judged the show and awarded prizes to 11 artists.



Judi Betts (Baton Rouge, LA)

Mexican Morning Market (Watercolor Collage)

Judge's comment: "I kept coming back to this one which is an indicator that the image has more to say to me. A lot of techniques used to create strength of composition-painted, printed and collage. Busy south west scene with lots of surprises and the decision to create a collage intensifies the sense of depth. Not haphazard. Strong planning and mixture to create playfulness and interest."

painting by Judi Betts titled Mexican Morning Market


William Schneider (Village of Lakewood, IL)

Yes, They Roared (Oil)

Judge's comment: "Classic impressionist painting with beautiful highlights directing you to the muted eyes and slightly blurred lips of the model. Texturally a lot of depth with softness of the wrap and strategically placed bright highlights in headband and jewelry. A jewel."

painting by William Schneider titled Yes, They Roared


Carlos Setti (New Orleans, LA)

Nature Worship (Oil on Canvas)

Judge's comment: "The clothing is timeless but the gesture of cell phone camera places it in the present. Strong horizontal gestures carry your eyes across the painting while repetition of cerulean blue moves you upward to the horizon. Difficult figurative gestures captured with a beautiful economy of brushwork. There is a joy in painting and that speaks to the viewer."

painting by Carlos Setti titled Nature Worship


  • Young Allen (New Orleans, LA) , Fresh Cut Roses (Watercolor)
  • Cameron Gallorese (Tiburon, CA) , Winter Pounce (Oil)
  • Keith Morris (Baton Rouge, LA) , Basilica Di San Marco (Mixed Media)
  • Ron Hooper (Shreveport, LA) , YMCA Camp Forbing Boat House (Acrylic)


  • Carol Peebles (New Orleans, LA) , Paige From Life (Pastel)
  • Cindy Brabec-King (Palisade, CO) , Cotton, Wool, and Tin (Watercolor)
  • Donna Bland (Kingsland, TX) , Bales and Barns (Oil)
  • Monica Bishara (Baton Rouge, LA) , Bonjour Louisiana (Watercolor)