June 2015

Photo Of The Month
The Dean's New "Chess" Mates

LSU College of Art & Design Dean Alkis Tsolakis and MFA ceramics candidate Mike Stumbras led a three-day workshop for rising 10th-12th graders in LSU's Upward Bound six-week summer program. Tsolakis and Stumbras introduced the fundamentals of three-dimensional design through a hand-building project where the students molded their own individual chess sets out of clay. View more photos on Facebook. 

Marie and Her Knight in Shining Armor by Bridget Parris
Alumni Spotlight


Creating Your Own Path


Meet LSU alumna Bridget Parris, who has exhibited her paintings at galleries and museums in New York, designed decorative tableware for Anthropologie stores, has a self-named collection with Magenta, and is now pursuing a career in couture fashion design after graduating from the prestigious Parson's School of Fashion Design and interning with the couture and bridal team at Marchesa. This is where an MA in art history and an MFA in painting & drawing can lead! 


In the past two decades, she has taught courses and workshops in fine arts and industrial design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Parson's: The New School for Design. As senior designer for Anthropologie, design director at Springs Global, and owner of Bridget Parris Design & Consulting, she has designed products in a wide range of materials including ceramic, glass, metal, and wood, creating artwork for apparel, fashion accessories, and home textiles. In 2013, she was invited to design a self-named collection, Bridget Parris for Magenta, for Magenta's boutique line. Bridget's most notable recent collection of paintings, And Then There Was a Revolution, was exhibited at the Chair and the Maiden Gallery in New York in 2010, and was inspired, in part, by the archive of research she collected on 18th-century decorative art for a holiday collection she designed for Anthropologie. She is currently working with an experienced fashion designer in New York and designing high-end custom bridal and evening wear for private clients with a goal of establishing her own high-end fashion brand one day. 


"What I appreciated most about my time at LSU was that I had teachers who encouraged me to find my own path and develop my own creative style," Bridget recalled. "Having a design career helped me support my painting career, and my background in fine arts and art history has opened many doors for me." 


Read more in this month's alumni spotlight.

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Department of Interior Design Designated a School!
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The LSU School of Architecure: Where Passion Becomes Genius

Alumni News

Front-End Web Developer, Rockit Science Agency, Baton Rouge, LA

Graphic Designer/Social Media Guru, Otey White & Associates, Baton Rouge, LA

Design Consultant/Showroom Sales, Bolick Distributors, Baton Rouge, LA

AutoCAD Operator, Cindy B Maughan & Associates, Baton Rouge, LA

Landscape Architect/Designer, Berkenbelle Landscape Architects, Inc., Dallas, TX

Graduate Architect, TEG Architects, LLC, Shreveport, LA

Entry Level Kitchen Design Assistant, Classic Cupboards, Harahan, LA

Architectural Intern, Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio, Denton, TX

Intermediate Architect, Tipton Associates, Baton Rouge, LA

Intern Architect, French Architects, New Orleans, LA

Administrative Assistant, Greenleaf Architects, Mandeville, LA 


Gallery mixes physical touch with visual art, music

The Advocate 


LSU student's senior project turns into viral photo essay



Profitable artists: Career creative find opportunities to earn a living in Baton Rouge

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report  


DredgeFest Great Lakes to take place in August



Red Line Greenway advocates plan 'unveiling' of visionary concept at Wednesday meeting



Summer 2015 Issue now online!

7/13 - 7/17

Landscape Architecture Explorations Summer Camp

LSU Hilltop Arboretum


8/6 - 8/8

NOMA Project Pipeline

LSU School of Architecture



Save the Date!

Dean's Tailgate

LSU vs. Auburn



Now - 6/28


Co-curated by Derick Ostrenko

Glassell Gallery

Reception: 5/31, 6-8 p.m. 


Now - 8/30

Baton Rouge after the Storm

LSU Museum of Art


Now - 8/30

Mexico in New Orleans

LSU Museum of Art


7/11 - 8/12

Into the Mystic: 14th Annual Summer Invitational Art Exhibition

Glassell Gallery

Reception: 7/11, 7-9 p.m.


8/27 - 10/4


Curated by Thomas Neff

Glassell Gallery


9/5 - 11/15

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne

LSU Museum of Art


9/8 - 10/9

La Vie Rouge: Graduate Student Art Exhibition

Foster Gallery


10/26 - 11/20


Foster Gallery


10/27 - 12/6

Sean Caulfield: Prints & Sculpture

Glassell Gallery




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