March 2014 - In This Issue:
Art Students in Houston

Associate Professors Malcolm McClay (sculpture) and Kelli Scott Kelley (painting & drawing) took several LSU School of Art students on a field trip to Houston, Texas, in late February. The group visited Devon Borden Gallery and attended a gallery talk by Clark Derbes, alumni of the School of Art whose solo exhibition, American Sculpture, opened on February 21. They also visited the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Menil Collection, and they attended the Houston Performance Art Biennale.


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Shannon Nichol, "Repair Works"

LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Lecture

Tonight! March 26, 2014, at 5 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103

Gia Wolff, "Floating Cities: Community Based Architecture of Parade Floats"

LSU School of Architecture Lecture

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103 

Jonathan Brilliant, "Have Sticks, Will Travel"

LSU School of Art Lecture

Monday, April 7, 2014, at 5 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103
Bryan C. Lee

LSU School of Architecture Lecture

Hosted by NOMAS
Monday, March 24, 2014, at 5 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103
Herbert Dreiseitl

LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Max Z. Conrad Endowed Lecture

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 5 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103

Now - 3/28, 2014

Foster Gallery
MFA Thesis Show

Courtney Wilburn Marse

Yvette Creel

Jeremy Grassman

Kelly Mullins,

Closing reception: 3/28, 6-8 p.m.


3/31 - 4/4/2014 

Foster Gallery
MFA Thesis Show
Jenny Hager
Closing reception: 4/4, 6-8 p.m.


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


4/7 - 4/11/2014  

Foster Gallery
MFA Thesis Show
David Contreras
Closing reception: 4/11, 6-8 p.m.


4/21 - 4/25/2014
Foster Gallery 

MFA Thesis Show
James Kimura-Green
Closing reception: 4/25, 6-8 p.m.


4/22 - 4/25/2014 

Glassell Gallery
MFA Thesis Show
Jimmie Nord
A K M Jabed Rashel
Closing reception: 4/26, 6-8 p.m.
Sponsored by Michael D. Robinson and Donald J. Broutte


4/28 - 5/2/2014 

Foster Gallery
MFA Thesis Show
Nathan Pietrykowski
Amanda James
Closing reception: 5/2, 6-8 p.m.


4/30 - 5/4/2014 

Glassell Gallery
Autumn Higgins
Forrest Gard
Closing reception: 5/3, 6-8 p.m.


5/6 - 5/11/2014 

Glassell Gallery
Andrea Barbier
James Osborne
Closing reception: 5/8, 6-8 p.m.


5/13 - 5/18/2014 

Glassell Gallery
Sarah Kolac
Georgia Godwin
Closing reception: 5/17, 6-8 p.m.


Now - 8/10/2014

LSU Museum of Art

Rooted Communities: The Art of Nari Ward

CSS Wins APA-Louisiana Excellence Award

The LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio has won the 2014 State Planning Award - Excellence Award for Education or Advocacy from the American Planning Association's Louisiana Chapter. The award honored CSS's work in developing the Louisiana Resiliency Assistance Program (LRAP) in collaboration with the Louisiana Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit. Read more

Mossop and Michaels Receive Grant to Implement Alternative Land Management Strategies in NOLA

Professor Elizabeth Mossop and Associate Professor Wes Michaels of the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture have received a $242,399 grant from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) to implement alternative land management strategies in New Orleans. Read more


CSS Open House, April 4

The LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio is looking for a wide range of faculty perspectives to help build trans-disciplinary research teams that produce innovative solutions to the challenges facing our coast. CSS provides technical support and start-up funding to assist project and team development. Please join CSS for an open house on Friday, April 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in room 212, Design Building.  Read more


Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21, March 30

On Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m., at the School of Music Recital Hall, the School of Art and the School of Music will present Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21, a performance with video accompaniment, based on the melodrama Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 - a setting of 21 selected poems from Otto Erich Hartleben's German translation of Albert Giraud's cycle of French poems by the same name. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for seniors and LSU faculty, staff, and students. Read more
National Building Museum Screens Film by Evan Mather (BLA '93)

The National Building Museum in Washington, DC is screening the world premiere of From Sea to Shining Sea, a film by LSU landscape architecture alumnus Evan Mather (BLA '93). The museum is offering free admission to LSU alumni in the Washington, DC area. From Sea to Shining Sea traverses 11 states from the Chesapeake Bay to San Francisco through cities and towns and over a variety of geographical features to create a sense of the vastness and diversity within the United States. Read more

Ray Desselle (BLA '79) Leads Winning Projects at Caltrans

The Caltrans (California Transportation Agency) District 8 landscape architecture team, under the leadership of LSU landscape architecture alumnus Ray Desselle (BLA '79), has recently won numerous awards for the Interstate 215 widening project in San Bernardino, California. The awards from the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce, the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and the United States Congress concern sound wall art and are for beautification and excellence in stamped art. Read more


New Mural by Raina Wirta (MFA '13)

LSU MFA graduate Raina Wirta (MFA '13) has completed a wall mural for the LSU College of Art + Design Communications across the Curriculum (CxC) Studio. The mural is reminiscent of a topographical map-Wirta collaborated with landscape architecture graduate student Matty Williams-and features the LSU campus and some of its surrounding areas in both paint and collaged tessellations. The concept for the mural also encompasses the four modes CxC certifies in courses designated as communication intensive. This work is one of the Wirta's newest, celebrated community works. Read more

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