April 2014 - In This Issue:

Annual Spring Trip: Netherlands and France

Over spring break, landscape architecture students accompanied Professor Max Conrad on a field trip to Paris, Versailles, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Delft to see the best of the best in landscape architecture, architecture, and art. Students who attend the annual spring trip (LA 4501) earn three hours of course credit. The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture is highly regarded for these trips, and alumni frequently recall the trips as some of their most valuable experiences at LSU.

Our Day with Clay! Lab School Kindergarten Class Visits Ceramics

Earlier in April, kindergarten students from the University Lab School - including Dean Tsolakis's son Max! - visited the ceramics unit at the LSU School of Art. The field trip began with a fun marionette performance by ceramics students. Later, Associate Professor Mikey Walsh led the kindergarten class on a tour of the ceramics facilities at LSU, and Assistant Professor Andy Shaw gave a brief wheel-throwing demonstration. The children got their own hands dirty when graduate student Jenny Hager guided them through a hands-on, coil-building, bowl-making exercise. View a video of the marionette performance here.


DesignIntelligence Rankings for Professionals and Firms

Alumni and professionals, please fill out these surveys and help strengthen the rankings in America's Best Architecture and Design Schools 2015. Please use the following links to complete the survey(s) that apply to your office, and help increase the LSU College of Art + Design's rankings for its architecture, landscape architecture, and/or interior design programs - and increase the value of your degree! Read more


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Landscape Architecture

Interior Design

Herbert Dreiseitl - CANCELED

Kiel Moe, "Maximum Power Systems"

CSS Brown Bag Lunch Series

Monday, May 12, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 212

5/1 from 6-8:30 p.m.

IDSO Design Event

LSU Design Building Atrium


5/16 at 10 a.m.

LSU College of Art + Design Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony

LSU Student Union Theater


5/16 from 1-3 p.m.

Foster Gallery
BFA Show

5/18 from 1-5 p.m.

Hilltop Arboretum

Spring Garden Tour

5/21 from 6-8 p.m.
Houston Alumni Event
Home of Lisa Roth
2223 North Boulevard
Houston, TX 77098
Please RSVP to khigdo2@lsu.edu

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.


5/7 - 5/16
Foster Gallery
BFA Exhibition

Now - 8/10/2014

LSU Museum of Art

Rooted Communities: The Art of Nari Ward


Kyle Bauer (MFA '11) a Finalist for $25,000 Sondheim Artscape Prize

Kyle Bauer is one of seven finalists for the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The finalists' work will be exhibited in the Special Exhibition Gallery at the Walters Art Museum from June 21 through August 17, 2014. The Sondheim Artscape Prize awards a $25,000 fellowship to a visual artist living and working in the Baltimore region. The winner of the prize will be announced at a reception on July 12 at 7 p.m. Kyle graduated in 2007 with a BFA in sculpture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in 2011 with an MFA in ceramics from Louisiana State University. Read more

$50K Grant Supports Undergraduate Coastal Research Curriculum

LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio was awarded a $50,000, 10-month planning grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to support planning for a new, trans-disciplinary undergraduate research curriculum, increasing student competencies to conduct and apply research to solve Louisiana's critical coastal challenges. Read more

Students Reimagine the Oil-Industry Shore Base

Image courtesy of Chevron, Copyright Jason Cohen Photography


Students in Professor Ursula Emery McClure's graduate-level studio are proposing designs for a shore base in Venice, Louisiana, to house Chevron's oil refinery workers and operations. The students have the difficult task of addressing dynamic coastal conditions, "actually building land," McClure said, while reimagining the shore base and what it means to operate in the indeterminate future. Read more

Erin Percevault Named National Olmsted Scholar by Landscape Architecture Foundation
Photograph by PhotographET


Erin Percevault was selected by the Landscape Architecture Foundation as the undergraduate winner of the 2014 Olmsted Scholars Program, the premier national award and recognition program for landscape architecture students. Percevault will receive the $15,000 undergraduate prize and plans to use the award to investigate how new nuclear technology and government legislation may create and alter industrial landscapes surrounding the Lemhi Pass. Read more

Animation School Rankings - LSU Top 10 in the South, Top 50 in the Nation!

The School of Art at the LSU College of Art & Design was ranked in the top 10 animation school programs in the South and top 50 programs in the nation by Animation Career Review. The site's 2014 Animation School Rankings are the source for aspiring animation, design, and gaming professionals seeking information on training programs, schools, and colleges. Geaux digital art! Read more

Houston Alumni Event, May 21
Save the date! Alumni and friends of the LSU College of Art & Design are invited to attend an event in Houston, Texas, at the home of Lisa Roth (BID '90) on Wednesday, March 21, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Kristen Higdon at khigdo2@lsu.edu. Click here for more information.

IDSO Design Event, May 1

The LSU Interior Design Student Organization is hosting a Design Event on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. During the event, senior work will be on display in the Commons on the first floor of the Design Building, and second- and third-year work will be on display on the fourth floor of the Design Building. Refreshments will be provided in the Design Building atrium. All students, faculty, friends, and alumni of the LSU Department of Interior Design are invited to attend this event. Come see the fabulous work our students are creating!  Read more

Hilltop Arboretum Spring Garden Tour, May 18

Several brave and dedicated gardeners stepped up to the plate to participate in a spring tour from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Hilltop's Hodge Podge Nursery will be open for business from 1 to 5 p.m. the day of the tour. Please save the date, and come out to support these passionate gardeners who are working hard to prepare their gardens for viewing. The tour includes garden spaces in River Bend, University Lakes, and Hundred Oaks. For full garden descriptions or to purchase tickets in advance, visit hilltop.lsu.edu.

About LSU College of Art + Design

The LSU College of Art + Design supports programs in studio art, art history, architecture, graphic design, interior design, and landscape architecture. The college brings together a focus on creativity and expression, talented faculty, specialized concentration areas, outstanding studio and gallery spaces, and a connection to the community to create a dynamic program. For more information, visit design.lsu.edu.


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