January 2014 - In This Issue:

DredgeFest at Its Best: A Recap 

The 2014 DredgeFest Symposium and Workshops gathered a range of professionals working on sediment transportation and dredging throughout Southern Louisiana and the world. The workshops hosted at the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture (January 13-16) examined innovative methodologies of sediment manipulation at multiple scales. Three workshops were led by RRSLA faculty and visiting professionals who pushed the participants to explore new technologies and theories. View more photos on Facebook. 

Fall 2013 Commencement 

Interior design graduates at fall 2013 commencement. View more fall 2013 commencement photos on Facebook.

Tell Us What You're Doing!


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 adsn@lsu.edu.

Be a part of what the LSU College of Art + Design is doing by contributing to a program or leadership fund of your choice. 


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.


Please Note Change of Date

Please note that Nari Ward's lecture at the College of Art + Design has been rescheduled for Monday, March 24, 2014, at 5 p.m., at the LSU Design Building, room 103. This lecture was originally scheduled and announced for January 29, 2014.

"Writing in the Book Format" by Johanna Drucker  

LSU School of Art Lecture

Co-sponsored by the Baton Rouge Gallery 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 5 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103


Johanna Drucker's lecture will focus on ways artists and writers use books to construct their writing before and during composition. She will discuss the future of book formats in electronic media, along with print and manuscript production and books with non-traditional structures. Drucker is an author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic. Her scholarly writing documents and critiques visual language including: letterforms, typography, visual poetry, art, and lately, digital aesthetics. Her works have been exhibited and collected in many libraries and galleries worldwide. She is currently the Bernard and Martin Breslauer Professor of Bibliography in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. Read more

Joey Shimoda  

Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 5 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103


Los Angeles architect and designer Joey Shimoda, AIA, is the principal of Shimoda Design Group, a 10-person studio that has worked with a number of clients, including Steelcase, Mikimoto, Rolex, MTV, and several local California creative companies, including TOMS Shoes. Shimoda was named 2013 Designer of the Year by Contract magazine and is currently working on the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) in Glendale, California, the firm's first civic project. In addition to his professional activities, Shimoda has taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC), and his personal artwork has been exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, and New York. Shimoda's lecture will appeal to all disciplines within the College of Art + Design and is open the the public and LSU community, as well. Attendance of this lecture qualifies as one continuing-education credit for licensed architects and designers, thanks to the support of the Baton Rouge chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Read more

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

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

Art Unbound III: Malleable Language
LSU Press & LSU School of Art


2/7 - 8/10/2014

LSU Museum of Art

Rooted Communities: The Art of Nari Ward


Spring and Summer 2014 Study Abroad Opportunities Abound!

The LSU College of Art + Design offers a myriad of opportunities for students to study abroad through spring and summer intersession programs or class field trips and excursions. Spring and summer 2014 opportunities include travel to London, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, New York City, Rome, Vietnam, Berlin, Florence, and more. Read more about study abroad programs at the College of Art + Design.  

New York Artist Nari Ward Collects Sculpture Materials at Scrapyards in Baton Rouge

In December 2013, New York-based sculptor Nari Ward visited Baton Rouge to scout for project ideas and materials and to meet with Malcolm McClay, associate professor of sculpture at the LSU School of Art. As the 2013-14 Nadine Carter Russell Chair, Ward will work with advanced sculpture students in Associate Professor Malcolm McClay's studio this spring. In search of found materials, Ward visited three scrapyards during his visit to Baton Rouge in December. Ward will lecture at the college on March 24, 2014, and an exhibition of Ward's work opens at the LSU Museum of Art in February. Read more  


Professor and Director Jori Erdman's Service as Treasurer of the ACSA Board of Directors

Jori Erdman has undertaken the role and responsibility as treasurer of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). Erdman's participation as a board member of ACSA is important for the LSU School of Architecture, demonstrating that LSU has a national perspective and is willing to take on a leadership role and address the important issues in architectural education. "As treasurer, I can influence the direction of the organization in a way that will serve the interests of architectural education and represent the needs and views of land-grant universities such as LSU," said Erdman Read more  

New Book by LSU School of Art Professor Kelli Scott Kelley

In April 2014, LSU Press will publish Accalia and the Swamp Monster, a new book by Kelli Scott Kelley, associate professor of painting and drawing at the LSU School of Art. Borrowing from Roman mythology, Jungian analysis, and the psychology of fairy tales, in Accalia and the Swamp Monster, Kelley presents a story of family dysfunction, atonement, and transformation. Reproductions of Kelley's artwork - mixed-media paintings executed on repurposed antique linens - punctuate the tale of Accalia, a girl who is tasked with recovering the arms of her father from the belly of the swamp monster. Read more

Rick Ortner's Italian Landscapes on Exhibit in New York City


Two Italian landscape paintings by LSU School of Art Professor Frederick Ortner were on display at the Pop-Up: On and Off the Wall exhibition at First Street Gallery at 526 West 26th Street in New York City, January 23- 25, 2014. Read more  


Interior Design Student a Finalist in Steelcase Competition 

Cindy Tiek, a senior interior design student at LSU, was named a finalist in the NEXT Student Design Competition hosted by Steelcase, a global, commercial furniture manufacturer headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Steelcase selected five finalists out of more than 600 entries from universities around the world. The five finalists in the competition received an all-expenses-paid visit to Steelcase headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they presented their projects to Steelcase executives. Read more  

Students Attend Bickham Chair Workshop on Datascapes & Analysis

Landscape architecture students attended the first of two workshops led by Andrea Hansen, the 2013-14 Bickham Chair at the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, January 23-27. The workshop focused on datascapes and analysis and introduced new methodologies and workflows for mapping, manipulating, and designing geospatial data. Hansen is a lecturer in landscape architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she teaches core and option studios and lectures on representation and advanced digital media. Read more  

Photography Students Featured in Videos by Nola.com and The Advocate 

Two photography students were featured in media videos in January. Undergraduate student Patrick Melon was interviewed by the Nola.com (Times-Picayune) for his work on the pop-up art gallery, artHASAHOME in Baton Rouge, which took place on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the old Bible Bookstore on Government Street. More than 400 people attended! View the Nola.com video here.

Ian C. Minich, a photography graduate student in the School of Art, was featured in a video by The Advocate, in which he demonstrated the 19th-century, wet-plate collodion tin-type process, which creates one-of-a-kind images on aluminum. View The Advocate video here.

Cody Arnall (MFA 2010) Featured in DailyServing

Cody Arnall, Untitled, 2009

Cody Arnall's sculpture was featured in the Fan Mail section of DailyServing, an international publication for contemporary art. The article said that "Arnall uses his unique vision to approach the mundane and utilitarian objects that surround him. By seeing the potential in these objects, Arnall transforms latent possibilities into new combinations that simultaneously approach a mysterious beauty and a perceivable yet unnamed functionality." Read more 

Anna Calluori Holcombe (MFA 1977) Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Anadolu University in Turkey

Anna Calluori Holcombe, who received her MFA with a concentration in ceramics from the LSU School of Art, is finishing up a semester as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in the Guzel Sanatlar Fakultesi (College of Fine Arts) at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey. Holcombe has documented her time in Turkey on her website and blog annaholcombe.com/blog. "I was fortunate to have this experience of living and working in Turkey," Holcombe said. 

Chad Danos (BLA 1990) a Candidate for ASLA's President-Elect

Congratulations to our very own Chad Danos for being selected as a candidate for the national American Society of Landscape Architects president-elect! See the full slate of ASLA 2014 candidates here. 

Amy Norval (BLA 2013) Named One of 225 Magazine's 2014 People to Watch

Amy Norval (BLA 2013) was named one of 225 magazine's 2014 People to Watch. Norval is an associate designer at Dana Brown & Associates and is recognized for her ambitious oyster-shell recycling program that she and others say will battle coastal erosion. "I want to take this wasted material and build Louisiana with it," Norval said. Read more


Cups! LSU School of Art Glassell Gallery Presents 8 Fluid Ounces 2014

The LSU School of Art ceramics program and the Glassell Gallery will host the sixth edition of 8 Fluid Ounces, January 25-March 9, 2014, at the Glassell Gallery at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The installation will feature ceramic vessels that literally or conceptually address the idea of cup. Artist and guest curator Mark Cole selected 24 artists from across the United States to exhibit up to 10 cups each, along with a supporting vessel such as a teapot or pitcher. With so many diverse, prominent, and innovative artists participating, 8 Fluid Ounces 2014 will be a key cultural event for LSU and Baton Rouge. Read more  


Right Here, Now Gallery Talk at LSU Museum of Art This Weekend

In conjunction with the LSU School of Art faculty exhibition Right Here, Now, the LSU Museum of Art presents a free gallery talk on Sunday, February 2, at 2 p.m. Join LSU School of Art faculty Kelli Scott Kelley, Jacqueline Dee Parker, and Michaelene Walsh as they discuss their work and inspirations, as well as the theme of collaboration. Read more


Art Unbound III: Malleable Language Opens at Foster Gallery

Art Unbound III: Malleable Language opens at the Foster Gallery January 28 through February 28, 2014. Come enjoy the fruits of collaboration by MFA students in English and the School of Art at LSU. An opening reception with readings will be held Friday, February 7, from 6-8 p.m. Art Unbound III: Malleable Language is hosted by LSU Press, the School of Art, and the Department of English. Visiting artist Johanna Drucker will choose two winners, based on originality, relevance to the theme of Malleable Language, and craftsmanship. The winners will receive scholarships from the School of Art and LSU Press. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Read more


The LSU Museum of Art Presents Rooted Communities by Nari Ward

Rooted Communities, Ward's first solo exhibition in Louisiana, will open February 7, 2014, and run through August 10, 2014. An opening reception with the artist will be held at the LSU Museum of Art on Thursday, February 6, from 6-8 p.m. Ward was awarded the 2013-14 LSU College of Art + Design's prestigious Nadine Carter Russell Chair, a rotating residency shared among the four disciplines within the college. Rooted Communities coincides with Ward's residency at LSU and highlights a series of the artist's recent sculptures, works on paper, and mixed-media installations. Read more


Join Us for Art + Design Networking Day

Please join LSU Career Services and the College of Art + Design for an open networking session in the Art + Design Communications across the Curriculum Studio of the Design Building, Friday, February 21, 2014, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an opportunity for employers to meet with students about job opportunities and to conduct portfolio reviews. Employers will also have the opportunity to interview students from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The event is FREE to attend! Register now 


"Garden Tips, Ideas, and Inspiration," the 2014 Hilltop Arboretum Design Program

Join the Friends of Hilltop Arboretum on Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon on February 13, 20, and 27, and March 13, 20, and 27, at the LSU Hilltop Arboretum Imogene Newsom Brown Education Facility. The design program, "Garden Tips, Ideas, and Inspiration," will feature landscape architects and former LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture faculty Neil Odenwald and Van Cox, who will offer inspiring design tips and ideas to enable program participants to create their own garden plans and express themselves through design. To register visit  hilltop.lsu.edu, email hilltop@tigers.lsu.edu, or call 225-767-6916. Registration is $250 for Friends of Hilltop Arboretum members and $285 for non-members. Read more 

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