December 2013 - In This Issue:

Nari Ward, the LSU College of Art + Design 2013-14 Nadine Carter Russell Chair was in Baton Rouge December 12-15. Ward visited several scrapyards in search of materials for sculptures while he was here. He will be working with students in Malcolm McClay's advanced sculpture class this spring. Ward will lecture at the college on January 29, and his work will be on exhibit at the LSU Museum of Art, February 7 - August 2014. View photos from the visit.

Atkinson Hall Elevator Now Fully Operational
For the first time in 86 years, Atkinson Hall has an elevator. We are very happy!  


Commencement Reception & BFA Show
The BFA exhibition and the closing reception for graduating LSU College of Art + Design seniors will be held this Friday, December 20, from 2 - 4 p.m., at the Foster Gallery on the LSU campus. This event is free and open to the public. Come celebrate!

YOLO Design to Design New Website for LSU College of Art + Design

The LSU College of Art + Design has chosen YOLO Design to design a new website for the college, which includes the School of Architecture, School of Art, Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, and Department of Interior Design. Read more


Tell Us What You're Doing!

The College of Art + Design is working to create new content for the soon-to-come, redesigned website, aimed to engage prospective students, current students, alumni, and peers. Students want to know what professionals in their fields, especially their fellow LSU graduates, are doing, where they're working, their inspirations and accomplishments.

We are looking to share a diverse mix of alumni profiles that show what our alumni are doing at every stage of their careers, from right after graduation to five, ten, twenty years later to retirement. These profiles can highlight specific accomplishments or proud moments and traditional and unique career paths. We want to know about the small moments and the large. Please send us your news, and help us develop these profiles. Email your news with the subject line "Alumni Profile" to

It's not too late to give the LSU College of Art + Design and/or one or more of the four units the college houses before the end of the 2013 tax year.


School of Architecture

School of Art

Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture

Department of Interior Design


The college offers many gift opportunities for alumni and friends, individuals or private organizations, to support our student and faculty efforts underway and planned in the future. Scholarships, fellowships, professorships, chairs, and annual funds are just a few examples. Read more about methods of giving and funding opportunities here.

"Lowbrow Art: Blessing or Curse?" by Greg Escalante
LSU School of Art Lecture

Co-sponsored by the Baton Rouge Gallery

Monday, January 27, 2014, at 5 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103 


Greg Escalante is the co-founder along with artist Robert Williams of Juxtapoz magazine, one of the world's most widely distributed art magazines. Also known as Joe Copro, Escalante is one of the most influential voices in the pop-surrealist/lowbrow art movement, and is a respected art collector, gallery owner (Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, California), curator, and publisher. Escalante will discuss his passion for pop-surrealist art and the evolution of the lowbrow art movement from the movement's beginnings to its current place in the art world in his lecture, "Lowbrow Art: Blessing or Curse?"

As well as lecturing at the College of Art + Design on January 27, Escalante will serve as the special guest juror for the Surreal Salon Six exhibition at Baton Rouge Gallery in January 2014, and will discuss Surreal Salon Six at the Baton Rouge Gallery at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 26. Read more

Nari Ward, 2013-14 Nadine Carter Russell Chair

Nadine Carter Russell Chair Endowed Lecture

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 5 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103


Jamaican-born, New York-based sculptor, Nari Ward, was named the 2013-14 Nadine Carter Russell Chair, the highest award bestowed on a visiting artist/professional by the LSU College of Art + Design. Ward is known for his sculptural installations, which are composed of found materials and address issues such as race, poverty, and consumer culture. Ward received a 2012-13 Rome Prize and has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. His work has been exhibited widely, including at the Guggenheim and the New Museum in New York. Ward has received commissions from the United Nations and the World Health Organization.


12/19, 6 p.m.

Digital Art Senior Show

Digital by Design: An Art & Technology Exhibit

LSU Digital Media Center


12/20, 3 - 5 p.m.

Foster Gallery

Graduating Seniors & BFA Exhibition

Closing reception catered by Heirloom Cuisine


1/11 - 1/17/2014

DredgeFest Louisiana

Symposium and Workshop

Registration required


1/27/2014, 5 p.m.

LSU School of Art Lecture

Greg Escalante

LSU Design Building, Room 103


1/29/2014, 5 p.m.

LSU College of Art + Design Nadine Carter Russell Chair Lecture

Nari Ward

LSU Design Building, Room 103


2/19/2014, 5 p.m.

LSU School of Art Lecture

Johanna Drucker

LSU Design Building, Room 103


2/26/2014, 5 p.m.

LSU School of Architecture Lecture

Joey Shimoda

LSU Design Building, Room 103


3/19/2014, 5 p.m.

LSU School of Art Lecture

Benito Huerta

LSU Design Building, Room 103


3/26/2014, 5 p.m.

LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Lecture

Shannon Nichol

LSU Design Building, Room 103


4/2/2014, 4:30 p.m.

LSU School of Architecture Lecture

Gia Wolff

LSU Design Building, Room 103


4/30/2014, 5 p.m. Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Lecture

Herbert Dreiseitl

LSU Design Building, Room 103


12/12 - winter break

LSU School of Art Glassell Gallery

Domestic/Terror by Charles Russell Durio

MFA Thesis Show


Now - 12/31/2013

Frameworks Gallery

Billie Bourgeois, School of Art alumni, and James Kimura-Green, School of Art printmaking graduate student


Now - 1/2014

LSU Museum of Art

Portraiture: Style and Ornament by Rashaad Newsome


Now - 1/19/14

LSU Museum of Art

I Gave My Whole Life to Words by Lesley Dill


Now - 2/28/2014

LSU School of Art Glassell Gallery

Snow Poems by Edie Tsong, LSU students, and friends


Now - 3/16/2014

LSU Museum of Art

Getting There

Holiday exhibition featuring toys for travel enthusiasts


Now - 2/16/2014

LSU Museum of Art

Right Here, Now, LSU School of Art Faculty Show


Now - 4/5/2014

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art

Civil War Battlefields and National Parks by LSU Professor Emeritus A. J. Meek


1/25 - 3/9/2014

Glassell Gallery

8 Fluid Ounces National Invitational Ceramic Cup Show

Curated by Mark Cole

Reception: 2/20, 6 - 8 p.m.


1/28 - 2/28/2014

Foster Gallery

Collaborative English/Art MFA Graduate Show

Art Unbound III, LSU Press & LSU School of Art


2/7 - 8/10/2014

LSU Museum of Art

Rooted Communities: The Art of Nari Ward


In Honor of Allen Eskew, the Forever Mentor

The LSU College of Art + Design community was saddened to learn that R. Allen Eskew, FAIA, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Eskew was a visionary leader of the New Orleans architectural community and a founding principal of the renowned, award-winning firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. While he was many wonderful things to many people in Louisiana and beyond, to the faculty, staff, and alumni of the LSU College of Art + Design, Eskew was an inspirational mentor who strongly believed in the notion of "Designers and Artists as Engaged Citizens." Read more

Fall 2013 Final Reviews

Interior design students present their final projects to peers and jurors

During the semester's final reviews, architecture, art, landscape architecture, and interior design students pin up/display their work for review, critique, and discussion, and MFA students exhibit their work at the School of Art's galleries, Foster Hall and Glassell Gallery. Read more


LSU and ULL Faculty Win International Architectural Design Competition

A team of four faculty members from Louisiana State University College of Art + Design and University of Louisiana at Lafayette College of the Arts was awarded the grand prize in the 2013 Unbuilt Visions International Architectural Design Competition for their submission, "Coastal Caretakers," which proposed a method of environmental adaptation to rebuild the shoreline plain along the Louisiana coast. Read more

CSS and Landscape Architecture Team Finalist for Prestigious One Prize

A multidisciplinary team of faculty and students in architecture, landscape architecture, and civil engineering at the Louisiana State University Coastal Sustainability Studio recently placed as finalists for the 2013 ONE Prize Award. The LSU team's entry, "Synthetic Mudscapes," looked at the potential to protect the Mississippi Delta through land building. Read more


Digital by Design, an Art & Technology Exhibit

Please join digital art faculty and students at the LSU Digital Media Center (near the corner of E. Parker Blvd. and Stadium Dr.) at 6 p.m. this Thursday, December 19, for Digital by Design, the digital art seniors' art and technology exhibition. Projects will include video, animation, installation, 3D design, and digital music. Read more

Students Participate in School of Architecture Externship Program

As part of an externship program in development at the LSU School of Architecture, nine second- and third-year architecture students have been placed at firms across the United States for part of the 2013 winter break. The students will spend one week, December 16-20, observing and working with architects and designers, investigating and experiencing a typical week in an architectural practice. For many of the students participating, the externship will be their first experience inside a design office. The nine students were placed at prestigious firms in Seattle, New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, and South Bend, Indiana. Read more

Landscape Architecture Students Explore New Territories in Culture and Design

Students in Professor Bruce Sharky's Advance Topic Studio presented their final projects to jurors and critics on November 26, 2013. The students enrolled in Sharky's studio had a choice of two projects and locations: Chengdu, China, or Denali National Park in Alaska. Both groups had the opportunity to travel to their project sites at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester. Read about the students' travels and final projects here.

MFA Thesis Show by Charles Russell Durio

Recent works by MFA student Charles Russell "Rusty" Durio are on display at the LSU School of Art Glassell Gallery in an exhibition titled Domestic/Terror. The exhibit will remain on display throughout the holidays, through winter break. Rusty Durio will graduate with an MFA from the School of Art on December 20, 2013. Read more

Landscape Students Identify Ways in which Design Can Engage Rural Landscapes

In fall 2013, LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture fourth-year students in a design studio taught by Associate Professor Kevin Risk and Assistant Professor Forbes Lipschitz explored the agricultural, industrial, economic, and cultural landscapes of the Mississippi Delta Region. As a launch to the semester, the students journeyed up the Delta on a week-long fieldtrip. The students proposed rural regeneration solutions that ranged from food production and waste management to ecological restoration and regional-scale landscape infrastructure.

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Senior Graphic Design Students Learn Real-World Skills through Mock Interviews and Portfolio Reviews

LSU School of Art graphic design students in ART 4555, a senior portfolio course taught by Professor Lynne Baggett and Assistant Professor Richard Doubleday, gained real-world experience by participating in mock interviews on December 3 and 5, 2013, at the College of Art + Design. ART 4555 is a certified communication-intensive course that meets all of the requirements set forth by LSU's Communications across the Curriculum (CxC) program. Read more

Interior Design Students Propose Ideas for Relocating the Atrium Coffee Shop

Interior design students in the third-year studio taught by Associate Professors Matt Dunn and Jun Zou developed design solutions for relocating the Atrium Coffee Shop to a more suitable space within the Design Building. The students were directed to study the problem and suggest possible design solutions for the relocation while developing their skills in the design and translation of everyday spaces. Read more


Interior Design Alumni Featured Entrepreneur in Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Elizabeth Carter's expertise in space planning began with a bachelor's in interior design and a minor in architecture from LSU. A former adjunct faculty member of the Department of Interior Design at LSU, Carter now owns her own firm in Baton Rouge, Elizabeth Carter Interior Design. Carter is currently immersed in several projects, including a renovation of Mestizo restaurant and an "A to Z" design of new offices for Associates in Pediatric Dentistry. She also serves as Delta Regional Chapter president of the International Design Association (IIDA). Read the article


Landscape Alumni Mapped Live Oaks for an Atlas of New Orleans

Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture class of 2013 alumni Amanda Beerens and Audrey Cropp worked with Rebecca Snedeker, co-author of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, to map live oak trees in New Orleans. Beerens and Cropp will be credited in the book as researchers. NolaVie: Life and Culture in New Orleans has been running a series of guest blogs from the contributors of the book. Unfathomable City will be published in January 2014. Read more


Debangana Banerjee (MFA 2010) Publishes come back river

MFA 2009 graduate Debangana Banerjee's Bengali poems will be published in English, thanks to the help of Vincent Cellucci, coordinator at the LSU College of Art + Design Communications across the Curriculum studio, who helped Banerjee with the translations. The chapbook of will be published by Finishing Line Press in March 2014. Read more


Tyler Mackie Donates Blankets from Broadway Bridge Yarn Bomb to Charity Organizations

Artist Tyler Mackie, who created the "Bridge for Blankets" yarn bomb art project in honor of the Broadway Bridge's 100th birthday, donated 48 blankets to local nonprofits and organizations in Portland, Oregon. Mackie received an MFA in studio arts with a concentration in printmaking from the LSU College of Art + Design in 2009. Read more about the Broadway Bridge centennial art installation.


The 2014 AD100

The January 2014 issue of Architectural Digest features The 2014 AD100, a list of the world's top talents in architecture and interior design. Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture alumni working at Sawyer|Berson and Thad Hayes Inc. are excited to share the news that their firms made the list. Congratulations!

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