September 2014
Photo Of The Month

Another Success for artHASAHOME

LSU photography student Patrick "Melon" Dufauchard took photos at the artHASAHOME event at the Healthcare Gallery in Baton Rouge in September. Patrick helped establish the roving visual arts festival, and this year's event received support from the LSU School of Art. View more of Patrick's photos on Facebook.


Alumni Spotlight



After graduating from the interior design program in 2004, Rachel Cannon Lewis worked at a local commercial design firm in Baton Rouge. While there, she obtained her NCIDQ license and Louisiana Registered Interior Designer status. She began her own business in 2009, after being laid off in 2008 due to the economic downturn. Now, her firm, Rachel Cannon Lewis Interiors, is focused on creating full-service, luxury design for a clientele of professionals with demanding schedules. Lewis is also a contributing editor at House & Home magazine; she leads a regular segment on Talk 107.3 FM's Saturday Style with Karen Profita; and she is WBRZ's resident design expert. As Lewis said, "There is no other profession like interior design." Read more of Rachel's story.  
Faculty News

Guy Nordenson Named Fall 2014 Nadine Carter Russell Chair in Architecture

Professor Bruce Sharky a Member of Winning International Team for Chinese Wetland Restoration Project
Ceramics Professor Andy Shaw Selected for 2015 McKnight Residency
Student news
College Hosts First Annual Scholarship Reception & Presentation
Architecture Students Design and Fabricate Full-Scale Study Kiosks
Students in Sustainable Strategies Course Become LEED Green Associates

Ariston Ross Reminds Us Why Visiting Lecturers Matter

Alumni News

Call for Class Notes!

Alumni, please send us your news through the Submit an Update form at by Wednesday, October 1, 2014, to be included in the winter 2014-15 issue of Quad, the biannual college alumni magazine, which will be distributed in January 2015. Please be sure to select "Class Notes" as your reason for submission. Submit an update here.

Composite Effects Featured on Cover of Legacy Magazine

Kenneth Decker (BFA 2006) & fellow LSU alumnus Jonathan Simoneaux cofounded Composite Effects, a special effects company whose recent projects include 2 Guns, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and The Final Destination. The company is known as a pioneer in the special effects industry with its patent-pending technology known as DuraFlex, which allows for the masks they create to endure constant removal without sacrificing flexibility or texture. Read more.

Designer Tailgating

On September 6, 2014, the College of Art & Design hosted its second annual Tailgate with the Dean. Students, alumni, friends, and staff of the college attended, and a great time was had by all. The tailgate is held annually before the first home football game at LSU. View photos from the tailgate here.

Gretchen Wilson (BLA 1999) New Principal at Dig Studio

Gretchen Wilson (BLA 1999), one of the founding partners, is the newest principal at Dig Studio in Denver. Gretchen is a landscape architect who has applied her leadership skills at Dig Studio, designing imaginative places and cultivating strong relationships with clients and the community. Visit for more information.

Tal Leming (BFA 1997) Featured at Type Nite

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore hosted Type Nite, featuring MFA graphic design faculty members Ellen Lupton, Abbott Miller, and type designer Tal Leming, who received his BFA in graphic design at LSU in 1997. The event showcased new typefaces under development and explored type at work on the page, on screen, and in the built environment. Leming worked and designed fonts for House Industries for years and currently runs his own type and lettering company, Type Supply, in Baltimore Maryland. He was gracious enough to donate several typefaces to the Graphic Design Student Office. Thank you Tal! Visit for more information about Tal's company.

LSU Alumni Reunion in China

On Sunday, August 31, more than 60 LSU alumni and their families attended a reunion party in Shanghai, co-organized by Yuanman Zhong (MLA 2009), principal urban designer at Atkins Global. The organizers hired a chef from Louisiana who served Cajun cuisine - crawfish in China! The party started at 9 a.m. so alumni could watch the kickoff football game together. Yuanman said, "We met a lot of alumni and friends, had a lot of fun. We watched the game together and were happy that LSU won!" Geaux Tigers!

Corrine Rojas (BID 2009) Named Associate at PDR Corp

Corrine Rojas was recently named an associate at PDR Corp in Houston, Texas. She has personally worked on a number of high-profile projects since joining PDR, including the Imperial Oil office complex, and the ExxonMobil Houston Campus. She is currently the lead designer for the Cheniere Energy's Houston headquarters. She is designing Cheniere's Singapore office, as well, and frequently travels to Singapore to coordinate with local architects. Read more about Corrine's accomplishments at

ASLA Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

The American Society of Landscape Architects celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month by spotlighting the enduring contributions of Hispanic and Latino American landscape architects to communities in the United States. Two of the landscape architects featured in these spotlights were Lewis Aqi (BLA 1988), founder of Lewis Aqi Landscape + Architectural Design in Miami, and Alex Ramirez (BLA 2011), associate at Design Workshop in Austin, Texas. Read the entire press release here.

RRSLA Students Visit Cadence

LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture students visited the office of Cadence in Fort Lauderdale during their South Florida Field Trip. Cadence cofounder and LSU alumna Rebecca Bradley (BLA 2001) was thrilled to have the group stop by and enjoyed showing them what makes Cadence stand apart. The field trip was led by Adjunct Professors Justine Holzman and Andrea Galinski. Visit for more information about the company.


A monthly doodle by RRSLA Interim Director & Professor Emeritus Van Cox

Associate Professor Greg Watson, LSU School of Architecture 
Graphic Designer, BRZoom, Baton Rouge, LA  
Video Editing & Production Assistant, Chorum Music Association/Chorum Management Group, Baton Rouge, LA  
Graphic Designer/Creative Director, Christian Living, Baton Rouge, LA  
Landscape Architect/Designer, Callison, Dallas, TX  
Junior Designer, Envoc, Baton Rouge, LA  
Landscape Architect/Urban Planner, LJA Planning, Houston, TX  
Graphic Artist, I AM SOCCER, Plaquemine, LA  
Project Architect, Looney Ricks Kiss, Baton Rouge, LA  
Recent Grad or Experienced Architect, Scott Architects, Orlando, FL  
Landscape Designer/Architect, Stantec, North Charleston, SC
lectures &

TONIGHT! 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Open Dance Night

Presented by LSU Theatre
LSU Design Building Atrium


9/25 at 6 p.m.

Kelli Scott Kelley - An Analyzing Conversation with Constance Romero

LSU Museum of Art


9/28 from 1-4 p.m.


LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Admission: $10 members/$15 non-members


10/1 from noon - 1 p.m.

CSS Brown Bag Lecture Series

Allison Anderson

LSU Design Building, Room 212


10/4 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

10/5 from noon - 4 p.m.


LSU Hilltop Arboretum


10/6 at 5 p.m.

Nadine Carter Russell Endowed Chair Lecture

Guy Nordenson

"Structures of Coastal Resilience"

LSU Design Building, Room 103


10/8 from noon - 1 p.m.

CSS Brown Bag Lecture Series

Sean Duffy

LSU Design Building, Room 212


10/8 at 5 p.m.

LSU School of Art Lecture

Kurt Kauper

"Kurt Kauper, Artist Talk"

LSU Design Building, Room 103


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

Louisiana Association of Metal Artists Meeting

LSU Sculpture Park


10/22 at 5 p.m.

Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture

Paula Meijerink

LSU Design Building, Room 103


10/29 at 5 p.m.

Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Endowed Lecture

Eric Avery, MD

LSU Design Building, Room 103


11/3 at 5 p.m.

School of Architecture Lecture

Sponsored by WHLC Architecture

Wes McGee

LSU Design Building, Room 103


11/5 at 5 p.m.

School of Art Lecture

Bissera Pentcheva

LSU Design Building, Room 103


11/6 from noon - 1 p.m.

CSS Brown Bag Lecture Series

Virginia Burkett

LSU Design Building, Room 212


11/10 at 6:30 p.m.

Max Z. Conrad Endowed Lecture

Laurie Olin, FASLA

LSU Design Building, Room 103


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 


Now - 9/28

Louisiana Contemporary

Featuring works by Photography Professor Jeremiah Ariaz

Odgen Museum of Southern Art 


9/4 - 10/1

Visual Telegrams by Richard Doubleday

Contemporary Art Gallery

Southeastern Louisiana University 


Now - 10/5

Tallahassee International

Featuring work by Alumnus & Art Instructor Jonathan Mayers

FSU Museum of Fine Arts 


Now - 10/10

Lagniappe! + a Little Trash

LSU Foster Gallery


9/9 - 10/19

Lineage: Raina Benoit and Christopher Brumfield

Glassell Gallery 


Now - 10/26


Featuring work by Kristen Kelsch

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)


Now - 11/16

Homeland [In]Security: Vanishing Dreams

Featuring Work by Loren Schwerd

Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY


10/20 - 11/21

LSU School of Art Faculty Show

LSU Foster Gallery

Closing Reception: 11/21, 6-8 p.m.


10/28 - 12/7

Eric Avery, MD: 1983-2014, HIV/AIDS - Witness, Healer, Survivor

Glassell Gallery

Reception: 10/30, 6-8 p.m.


10/30 - 11/8

20th International Symposium on Electronic Art

Featuring work by Derick Ostrenko

New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE


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