Masthead background image: Emphera, Hand Drawing and Photoshop, 2014, by Sharon Ling
December 2014
Photo Of The Month

Student Artwork in the LSU System Administration Building

LSU President F. King Alexander and Mrs. Alexander with Mr. Hank Danos of the LSU Board of Supervisors view MFA painting & drawing candidate Kelsey Livingston's Paired Egrets at the reception held on Thursday, December 11, honoring the students whose artwork is displayed in the LSU System Administration Building.


"The opportunity afforded us by the President's Office to showcase LSU School of Art student work is a wonderful experience for our students and a partnership that we hope continues for many generations of LSU artists," said Julie Aguilar LeFebvre, director of development at the LSU College of Art & Design. Read more at, and view more photos of the event on Facebook.

Alumni Spotlight



In May 2014, Nicole Hilton was notified that she had passed the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), making her the first African American female graduate of the LSU School of Architecture to become a licensed architect. The honor of being LSU's first female African American to obtain licensure couldn't have gone to a more worthy individual. Nicole was one of the original charter members for the LSU chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS). She served as the organization's first president from its establishment in 2005 through her senior year, joining forces with AIAS, and she became a national representative of the NOMA Board of Directors. After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2007, Nicole accepted a position at McAfee3 Architects, a female-owned, African American firm with headquarters in Atlanta. She is now a designer and project manager at Chasm Architecture in Atlanta. Her work experience includes a variety of projects in aviation, higher education, commercial, civic, and religious architecture. 


This month's alumni spotlight is an excerpt from the article, "Diversity by Design," published in the winter 2015 issue of Quad: The LSU College of Art & Design Magazine, coming to your doorstep in January 2015. Read the complete excerpt here. 


Drawing the "Site": A Remote Advanced Drawing Seminar

Emphera, by MLA Candidate Sharon Ling

The LSU College of Art & Design Dean's Office sponsors rotating installations exhibited monthly on the atrium wall in the LSU Design Building. Work completed in Associate Professor Cathy Marshall's advanced drawing seminar, LA 4505, by Master of Landscape Architecture students Sheryl Fishel and Sharon Ling, is on display - "On the Wall" - now through January 9, 2015. Read more about this course and view the work on display.
Faculty News

Ceramics Professor Andy Shaw's Work Featured in Glaze and Ceramics Monthly

Jeff Carney and Several LSU Alumni Named Forty Under 40 Honorees by Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Landscape Site Grading Principles by Professor Bruce Sharky Published by Wiley

Kiel Moe, Nadine Carter Russell Chair Lecture Scheduled for January 16

Michael Desmond's LoPresti Award-Winning Book, The Architecture of LSU, the Perfect Gift for LSU Graduates
Student news

RRSLA Undergraduate Program Best in Nation According to DesignIntelligence

Digital Art MFA Candidate Jamie Kutner Leads Workshop on Endangered Writing Systems at ATypI in Barcelona
An Inside Look at Interior Design Student Daniel Willson's Studio
College of Art & Design Fall 2014 Commencement Ceremony
LSU School of Art and School of Architecture Host First Annual Statewide Juried High School Exhibition
Alumni News
 Alyssa Matthews' (BFA 2010) First Solo Exhibition in New York

Kiss Me You Fool: New Paintings by Alyssa Matthews is on view November 25-December 20, 2014, at Soho20 Gallery ( in New York. This body of work is a focused reference to nostalgic media coverage of Lady Diana and other public women and the inevitable desire their tragedies evoke. In this exhibition, Alyssa explores the surreal agency already present in a coy message on a TV screen. The heroines of the 1990s and early 2000s remain both convincingly sincere and yet never without rehearsal. Kiss Me You Fool marks Alyssa's first solo exhibition in New York and her third exhibition at Soho20 Gallery since her MFA thesis in 2012. Alyssa received her BFA with a focus in painting & drawing from the LSU School of Art in 2010. Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, she is now living and working in Brooklyn, New York. View Alyssa's work at

Random Acts of Art, Recent Work by James Turner (BLA 1969) and Mary Louise Porter

Recent work by James Turner (BLA 1969) and Mary Louise Porter are on display at Gallery One Elleven in downtown Leesville in an exhibit titled Random Acts of Art. Turner is a retired landscape architect, artist, illustrator, author, and teacher. He lives in Leesville, Louisiana, with his wife, Meriget. His work in Random Acts of Kindness primarily utilizes watercolor. Turner devotes much time to local downtown projects and has contributed his expertise to the design of the Polk Theatre, the downtown neckdown project, and many other Main Street projects. He also volunteers his time and efforts to Hodges Gardens State Park. Currently, he is renovating the oldest home in Leesville, the Smart house. For more information about the exhibition, visit


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

Vincent Cellucci, studio coordinator of the Communications across the Curriculum Art & Design Studio, recently coauthored a poetry book, _a ship on the line, available for purchase at LSU landscape architecture alumnus Matt Williams (MLA 2014) designed the cover.


Design Associate, Jerry Pate Design, Inc., Pensacola, FL

Graphic Designer, L'OBSERVATEUR, LaPlace, LA

Landscape Architect/Designer, Greig-Percy Collaborative, Austin, TX

Graphic Designer, Red Six Media, Baton Rouge, LA

Landscape Architect, Sawyer|Berson, New York, NY

Junior Landscape Architect, Sawyer|Berson, New York, NY

Custom Framer & Gallery Assistant, FW Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

Entry Level Landscape Architect, Signature Landscape Contractors, Winter Park, FL 


The winter 2015 issue of Quad: The LSU College of Art & Design Magazine, is coming to your doorstep in early January. 
lectures &

12/19 at 12:30
College of Art & Design Fall 2014 Commencement
LSU Student Union Theater


1/16 at 5 p.m.
Nadine Carter Russell Endowed Chair Lecture
Kiel Moe

LSU Design Building, Room 103


1/21 at 5 p.m.
Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Endowed Lecture

Ben Davis

LSU Design Building, Room 103


1/22 from noon - 1 p.m.

CxC Presents Responding to and Assessing the Writing of ESL Students

LSU Design Building Commons


1/23 - 1/25

Global Game Jam 2015 at LSU

LSU Digital Media Center, Room 1034


1/24 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

2015 Hilltop Arboretum Annual Symposium
LSU Design Building, Room 103


1/28 at 5 p.m.
Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture
Lewis T. May
LSU Design Building, Room 103


2/11 at 5 p.m.

Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture
Michael Triegel

LSU Design Building, Room 103


2/23 at 5 p.m.

Architecture & Interior Design Lecture

Sponsored by GraceHebert Architects

Francoise Bollack

LSU Design Building, Room 103


2/27 from 9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Art & Design Networking Day

LSU Design Building

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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 - 12/20

Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Artists Respond

Featuring work by Jonathan Mayers

Ferguson Municipal Library


Now - 12/27

Fact and Fiction: Imagining the West

Jeremiah Ariaz

Cole Pratt Gallery

New Orleans, LA


Now - 1/9/15

Curator's Choice: Selected Works from the Gallery Collection

Glassell Gallery


1/22/15 - 3/1/15

A Freedom of a Different Kind: The Art of Michael Triegel

Glassell Gallery

Reception: 2/12/15, 6 - 8 p.m.


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