August 2014
Photo Of The Month

Nari Ward Unveils Msssspp Runoff in LSU Sculpture Park

On August 14, New York artist Nari Ward, the 2013-14 LSU College of Art & Design Nadine Carter Russell Chair, unveiled a sculpture he completed during his residency at the LSU School of Art. Named Msssspp Runoff, the piece will remain a permanent installation in the LSU Sculpture Park. Read more.


Alumni Spotlight



Alumni Patrick Fess and Jonathan Smith graduated from the LSU School of Architecture in 2010. Today, they are living the entrepreneurial dream as co-owners of Construct: Custom Architectural Fabrication, a full design-build operation offering unique design, fabrication, and build services for commercial, residential, and event spaces. The young visionaries have a showroom and meeting space on Magazine Street in New Orleans and a workshop in New Orleans East, where alumnus Drew Wallace (BArch 2010) works as the company's shop director. Construct's clients have included Besh Restaurant Group's Pizza Domenica, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Gould Evans, Montgomery Roth, the National World War II Museum, the New York Times, and the Make It Right Foundation. Read more.
Faculty News

Recipients of LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio's New Projects Fund

Lake Douglas Awarded a Second David R. Coffin Publication Grant

Elena Sifford Joins LSU Art History Faculty
Ceramics Professor Andy Shaw Selected for 2015 McKnight Residency
Photography Professor Kristine Thompson Curates After Life at the Luckman Gallery in Los Angeles
Student news
Evan Peterson's Internship at Leedscape in Beijing
Tracy Manuel: Interior Design Student Extraordinaire
Photography Student Patrick "Melon" Dufauchard Starts artHASAHOME in Baton Rouge
LSU Team Places Second in National Peterson Prize Competition for HABS Documentation of Fort Pike
Alumni News

Kamel Mahadin (MLA 1984) Heads Effort to Build Jordan's Waterfront City

Kamel Mahadin (MLA 1984) visited Baltimore 30 years ago as a graduate student studying landscape architecture at LSU. He recently returned as the head of an ambitious, multi-billion dollar effort to build out Jordan's lone waterfront city into a tourist hub and expanded port. Read more in the Baltimore Sun.


Keikan Sekkei Tokyo Co. Receives Design Award from IFLA Asia Pacific Region

Keikan Sekkei Tokyo Co., Ltd., received a merit award in the design category for their Reitaku University - ASUNARO Building in the Woods project from the 11th International Federation of Landscape Architects Asia Pacific Region at the annual meeting held in Kuching, Malaysia. The prize was awarded to Keikan Sekkei for their devotion to sustainable design and significant accomplishment of high quality landscape architectural works. Tooru Miyakoda, the firm's CEO, was the first recipient of the LSU College of Art & Design Nadine Carter Russell Chair, and his children, Aya (MLA 2004) and Kinoto (MLA 2005), both received their graduate degrees in landscape architecture from LSU. Both work at the firm, Kinoto as principal. Aya's husband, Chris Brian Bennett (MLA 2004) is an alumnus, as well, and also works at Keikan Sekkei in Tokyo.

A Lifestyle Change for Marshall Collins (BFA 1977)

Marshall Collins (BFA 1977) left Baton Rouge in 1982 to pursue a master's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Combining his design knowledge with journalism, he has held several positions heading university PR/marketing in Oklahoma, Indiana, Colorado, and South Texas. A couple of years ago, Collins made a big lifestyle change. He is in the midst of developing a small ranch and vineyard an hour east of Dallas, Texas. "Everything I design, from pole barn to something I weld and even how I lay out all the grapevines, has been influenced by the design program at LSU," he said.

Busy Sketches by Jim Richards (BLA 1978)

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Several sketches by Texas-based urban designer and architecture professor James "Jim" Richards (BLA 1978), owner, founder, and principal of Townscape, Inc., were featured on, a unique travel blog where the realms of art and travel collide. In this travel blog post, Richards also talks about his process for sketching on location, invaluable advice for those who want to record their travels in a way that puts them more in touch with their surroundings.

Hagen Hammons (BLA 2004), Transportation Scholar

After receiving his BLA from LSU in 2004, Hagen Hammons earned a Master of Community & Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. He was one of four out of 100 applicants accepted as a Transportation Scholar through the Eno Center for Transportation and the National Park Foundation. He is working at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area north of Atlanta, developing a bicycle connectivity master plan to connect the park to the growing regional multi-use trail system. He is also working on further developing the national Water Trail distinction for the park. Visit for more information about the project.

Alumni Updates Gallore!

After we announced the new LSU College of Art & Design website, we received dozens of alumni updates for the alumni profiles section of the new site. We have added all of these updates, and our alumni database is really fleshing out and turning out to be a great resource for alumni and students. If you haven't yet submitted an update or checked to see if you are listed, please do so whenever convenient. Thanks for helping us show off what our alumni are doing! View alumni profiles or submit an update here. 


9/6 from 3-5 p.m.

Tailgate with the Dean

LSU Robert Reich Courtyard

Please RSVP to 


9/12 from 1-8 p.m.

artHASAHOME Visual Arts Festival

Healthcare Gallery


9/24 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Open Dance Night

Presented by LSU Theatre
LSU Design Building Atrium


9/28 from 1-4 p.m.


LSU Hilltop Arboretum


10/4 - 10/5


LSU Hilltop Arboretum


10/6 at 5 p.m.

Nadine Carter Russell Chair Lecture
Guy Nordenson

LSU Design Building, Room 103


10/8 at 5 p.m.

LSU School of Art Lecture

Kurt Kauper

LSU Design Building, Room 103


10/12 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Louisiana Association of Metal Artists Meeting
LSU Sculpture Park


Now - 1/18/2015

Rooted Communities: The Art of Nari Ward

LSU 2013-14 Nadine Carter Russell Chair

LSU Museum of Art 


Now - 2/15/2015

Accalia and the Swamp Monster: Works by Kelli Scott Kelley

LSU Museum of Art 

Opening reception: 9/4 from 6-8 p.m. 


Now - 9/12

La Caca Fraiche: New Paintings by Jonathan Mayers

Ameen Art Gallery

Nicholls State University 

Gallery talk: 9/2 at 4 p.m. 


Now - 9/14

American Landscapes: Scenes from the Americas

Featuring works by Architecture Professor Greg Watson

MFA Circle Gallery


Now - 9/28

Louisiana Contemporary

Featuring works by Photography Professor Jeremiah Ariaz

Odgen Museum of Southern Art


Now - 10/5

Tallahassee International

Featuring work by Alumnus & Art Instructor Jonathan Mayers

FSU Museum of Fine Arts 

Reception: 8/29 from 6-8 p.m. 


9/4 - 10/1

Visual Telegrams by Richard Doubleday

Contemporary Art Gallery

Southeastern Louisiana University 

Opening reception: 9/4 from 5-7 p.m.


9/9 - 10/19

Lineage: Raina Benoit and Christopher Brumfield

Glassell Gallery 

Opening reception: 9/18 from 6-8 p.m.

job opportunities
View the complete listing for jobs and internships or submit a job or internship opportunity at

Landscape Architect/Urban Planner for LJA Engineering in Houston, Texas 


Ceramics Teacher at Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona


Intern Architect and Project Architect at Looney Ricks Kiss in Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Landscape Designer or Landscape Architect at Stantec in North Charleston, South Carolina


Recent Graduate or Experienced Architect at Scott Architects, Inc., in Orlando, Florida

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