it’s nice to give, and receive

Last week, I had the honor of being the juror for the Louisiana Tech School of Design Annual Student Show. The task was made difficult by all the wonderful work that was submitted. I was happy to recognize the following students with awards:

Best of Show – MFA: Whitney Trisler Causey

Best of Show – BFA: Sarah Prescott

Best of Foundations: Haley Kepper

Best Studio: Megan Smith

Best Graphic Design: Taylor Hogan / Katie Samuels

Best Photography: Hannah Lauren Cooper McCauley

Honorable Mentions: Adrienne Daly, Lauren Eubanks, Adam Garcia, Marcus Journey, Katie L. Minyard, Larry Pleasant, David Reid, Adrianna Speer, Hannah Spence, Tess Stickney, Courtney Swafford, Lisa Thompson, Emily Hope Trice.

Along with acting as juror for the exhibition, I was asked to visit MFA candidate studios, and to present an informative lecture regarding professional practices to the whole of the school of design. Visiting the grad studios was a great experience. It was really exciting to see the intelligent and engaging work that these artists are producing. I hope my feedback and critique was beneficial to each of them. I look forward to seeing their careers flourish after graduate school. LIkewise, I hope the the information and advice that I presented will be helpful once they set out to establish their professional artistic careers.

On Wednesday of last week I was notified that my painting “all the while working himself tighter into life’s snare” (below) had been chosen for a Director’s Award at the First LaGrange Southeast Regional Exhibition. The painting will be featured in a catalogue of other award winners from the exhibition. I look forward to receiving my copy.

This Saturday, March 5th, I’ll be participating in TEDxLSU. I will be leading one of the four teams of artists. Each team will have a professional artist, an LSU student artist, and an LSMSA student artist. Teams will take turns working together to create a visual representation of each Ted Talk using a variety of drawing & painting techniques. It’s going to be cool, and I’ll be sure to post images soon.

As always, be sure to drop by Graphite Galleries, Ann Connelly Fine Art, and The Agora Borealis if you’re in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or Shreveport.

all the while working himself tighter into life's snare

all the while working himself tighter into life’s snare, acrylic on wood panel, 39×39 Director’s Award: First LaGrange Southeast Regional Exhibition, LaGrange Art Museum