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Jennifer Saracino

Jennifer Saracino named Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellow

Jennifer Saracino, a Ph.D. candidate in Art History and Latin American Studies, has been appointed as a Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellow in Pre-Columbian Studies for the academic year of 2015-2016. 

As a fellow, she will be pursuing research for her Ph.D. dissertation project entitled, "Shifting Landscape: Depictions of Environmental & Cultural Disruption in the Mapa Uppsala." The Mapa Uppsala is one of the earliest maps of post-Conquest Mexico City painted by indigenous hands. By combining studies of Mesoamerican and European cartography with a formal analysis of the Mapa Uppsala, she plans to demonstrate how the Mapa Uppsala is a testament to the lived experience of early colonial artists living in Mexico-Tenochtitlan.

Villa i Tatti, Giardino all'Italiana

Holly Flora named a Villa i Tatti fellow for 2015/2016

The Harvard University Center of Italian Renaissance Studies announced that Holly Flora, Associate Professor of Art History at the Newcomb Art Department, was appointed a Villa i Tatti fellow for the academic year 2015-2016.

Fifteen I Tatti Fellowships, each for twelve months, are available each academic year for post-doctoral research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. 

Dr. Flora will be continuing her research on Cimabue, the Franciscans, and artistic change at the dawn of the Renaissance.


Alumnus Derek Burdette awarded best dissertation in Latin American art history

Derek Burdette, a 2012 graduate of the joint PhD program in Art History and Latin American Studies, was awarded the Association for Latin American Art's biennial award for the best dissertation in Latin American art history 2012-2014, for "Miraculous Crucifixes and Colonial Mexican Society: The Artistic, Devotional, and Political Lives of Mexico City's Early-Colonial Cristos."  His dissertation committee was Elizabeth Boone (Art History, chair), Thomas Reese (Art History and Latin American Studies), Susan Schroeder (emeritus History). 

Dr. Burdette is currently at Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College.

Aaron Collier 2014

Aaron Collier to speak at the Sam Fox  School of Art

Aaron Collier, Assistant Professor of Studio Art, has been asked to be a panel speaker at the Sam Fox School of Art Graduate Student Symposium entitled "Failure and the Artist" occurring March 20 and 21 at Washington University in St. Louis. The symposium will consider failure as both a condition of working and as a subject for critical dialogue.

Collier was also a featured contributor to the 17th issue of Composite, an online arts magazine, which is based on artists who are also educators. 

During Prospect 3 Collier's work was  featured in the Convergence exhibition at the Joan Mitchell Center Studios,  Tulane Contemporary.3, featuring the work of Tulane faculty members in the Newcomb Art Department's Carroll Gallery, Check Out, a group show of Staple Goods collective members, and Reparation: Contemporary Artists from New Orleans at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Stephanie Porras

Report from the Field: Maerten de Vos: a Renaissance life in-between

Stephanie Porras, Assistant Professor of Art History, traveled to Belgium this summer to conduct research on Maerten de Vos  at the Antwerp city archives. 

Her current research project, Maerten de Vos: a Renaissance life in-between, is a microhistory of this understudied artist and his works. De Vos lived at a moment when Europeans began to identify themselves as “Western,” at the inauguration of the globalized world. De Vos’s life and the circulation of his work exhibit tensions familiar today: between warring religious believers and political powers, Western and non-Western cultures.

Professor Porras' research trip was generously supported by a Lurcy grant from the School of Liberal Arts.

Jeffrey Stenbom, Gone But Remembered, 2014

Jeffrey Stenbom named a 2015 NICHE Awards Finalist

MFA Candidate Jeffrey Stenbom was selected as a finalist in the 2015 NICHE Awards for the piece entitled Gone But Remembered in the Glass: Functional Category. 

Only seventy-five entries out of more than 1000 submissions were named finalists in this year's competition, sponsored by NICHE magazine. Judging was based on two main criteria: technical excellence, both in surface design and form, and a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought.

Stenbom's MFA Thesis Exhibition, Thank You, will be on display at the Carroll Gallery from March 4-13. A reception will be held on Friday March 6 from 5:30-7:30pm.

Simon Vouet, Saint Sebastian, c. 1625, oil on canvas, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston.

Anne Dunlop lectures at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

In December Anne Dunlop, Associate Professor and Chair of the Newcomb Art Department, presented the lecture, “Beauty, Male and Female, in Early Modern Portraits,” a look at the complicated role of beauty and idealization in a number of early portraits features examples by Vouet, Veronese, and others.

Professor Dunlop was one of seven renowned art historians from the United States and Europe discussing key works from the Blaffer Foundation collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The lecture was part of “A Golden Age of European Art” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and the contribution that the foundation has made to the cultural life of the city of Houston and the state of Texas.


[Simon Vouet, Saint Sebastian, c. 1625, oil on canvas, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston]

Arti(fiction) of the Battle of New Orleans

Arti(fiction): the Battle of New Orleans features several Tulane artists

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, 50 local artists have created faux relics, ephemera, kitsch souvenirs and other artistic interpretations referencing aspects of the conflict. The exhibition opened on Saturday January 3, in advance of the January 8 anniversary of the bicentennial, at Studio Inferno in Arabi. The exhibition features several Tulane artists, including Professor Gene Koss, alumni Susan Bowers, Ben Dombey, Karen Oser Edmunds, Mitchell Gaudet, Jan Gilbert, Althea Holden, Carol Leake, Thomas Mann, Ulrika Matthiessen, Anastasia Pelias, Karoline Schleh, George Schmidt, Francine Judd Stock, Frances Swigart, and Michel Varisco, as well as student Eric Hess. On Saturday January 10 there will be a second reception from 6-9 pm in conjunction with the Saint Claude Second Saturday gallery openings. Studio Inferno is located at 6601 St. Claude Avenue, near the site of the Chalmette battlefield.

'ARTi(FICTION): The Battle of New Orleans' art exhibit is an Arabi victory | The Times-Picayune

Studio Inferno pays tribute to Battle of New Orleans with relics that aren’t | The New Orleans Advocate


Newcomb Art Holiday Studio Sale will be held on December 5 and 7

It’s “platter production day” at the Woldenberg Art Center on the Tulane University uptown campus, and that brings a group of faculty members and students together with a single purpose in mind — to start producing porcelain platters for the annual Newcomb Art Department holiday sale.

Ceramics professor Jeremy Jernegan, professor of practice William DePauw and a group of students prepared platters for firing in the kiln, their hands and aprons streaked with white clay. Their work will be available at the sale on Friday (Dec. 5) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Sunday (Dec. 7) from noon until 5 p.m. There will be no sale on Saturday (Dec. 6) because of the Tulane football game at Yulman Stadium.

Usually held in the Woldenberg Art Center’s Carroll Gallery, the event is being billed as a “studio sale” this year because it will take place in the painting studio (Room 214) and conference room (Room 204). A Prospect 3+ exhibit is taking up the gallery space until Jan. 25, 2015.      read more.... 

Caecilia Davis-Weyer

Caecilia Davis-Weyer memorial service to be held December 1

Caecilia Davis-Weyer, Professor of Medieval Art History at the Newcomb Art Department from 1967-1996, died earlier this month in New Orleans. A native of Germany, Caecilia Davis-Weyer grew up in Hannover. She studied at the Universities of Hamburg, Paris and Bonn, and received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Cologne in 1962.

A devoted and dedicated teacher, Professor Davis received the Mortarboard Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1978. Her courses were demanding, but she was extremely generous with her time. She would, for example, assign foreign language articles to be read by her undergraduate students, and then spend hours in her office helping students translate them. 

As a scholar, Professor Davis was widely respected and admired in Europe and the United States. For many years she stood at the summit of her profession and academic specialty. Richard Krautheimer, the distinguished authority in the filed of Early Christian art, considered her work, "the indispensible basis for study in the field." Charles L. Striker, a major Byzantinist, characterized her work as "brilliant and daunting" for its command of information and powers of handling "the image-text relationship of the early middle ages."

A memorial service will be held on Monday December 1 at 3:00pm on at the Rogers Memorial Chapel, followed by a reception at the Newcomb Faculty Lounge.

Tulane Contemporary.3

Newcomb Art Faculty and Alumni exhibit in Prospect.3 and Prospect.3+

Sophie T Lvoff (MFA 2013) is an official Prospect.3 artist exhibiting at the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, 900 Camp Street.

Tulane Contemporary.3 at the Carroll Gallery features the work of Teresa A. Cole, Aaron Collier, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Ronna S. Harris, Jeremy Jernegan, Kevin H. Jones, and Gene Koss.

Crevasse 22 "Surge" (8114 Saro Lane, Poydras, LA) is a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition staged at the sight of a devastating crevasse, a massive breach in the levee on the Mississippi River which flooded much of St. Bernard Parish, just below the city of New Orleans. The exhibit include works by Dan Alley, Lynda Benglis (BFA 1964), Mitchell Gaudet (MFA 1990), Gene Koss, Srdjan Loncar, and Michel Varisco (MFA 1994).

Aaron Collier and Dave Greber (MFA 2013), recent fellows of the NOLA Studio Program, are exhibiting at Joan Mitchell Center Studios, 1000 North Rampart Street.

Tulane faculty in the group show Check Out at Staple Goods (1340 St. Roch Avenue) include Aaron Collier, William DePauw, Laura Richens, Anne Nelson, and Thomasine Bartlett.

Adam Mysock is participating in the group exhibition Guns in the Hands of Artists at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400 Julia Street.

Srdjan Loncar and Dan Alley are also exhibiting at Barrister's Gallery, 2331 St. Claude Avenue.

A map of Prospect.3 and Prospect.3+ shows hosted on Tulane's campuses can be downloaded here.

Holly Flora, Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy

Holly Flora collaborates on groundbreaking exhibition at the Frist

Associate Professor of Art History Holly Flora recently traveled to Nashville for the opening of the exhibition Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The exhibition presents sixty works of art, including panel paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and liturgical objects. Among these works are three unprecedented loans from the Vatican Library and Museums. Professor Flora collaborated on the exhibition with Frist curator Trinita Kennedy, and has an essay and sixteen entries in the catalogue. The Frist Center invited Professor Flora to give remarks at the exhibition opening, conduct two docent training sessions, lead the first public exhibition tour, and give tours and interviews to the media at the press preview.

Elizabeth Boone

Elizabeth Boone honored with conference at Harvard

Elizabeth Boone, Professor and holder of the Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art, will be attending a conference in her honor on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Harvard University, titled "Telling Stories: Discourse, Meaning, and Performance in Mesoamerican Things," and receiving the 2014 "H.B. Nicholson Award for Excellence in Mesoamerican Studies" by the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard.

Next month Dr .Boone will give a paper titled "Spatial Grammars: Meaning in the Two-dimensional Field at the Juncture of Art and Writing," at an international conference at the University of Chicago, "Signs of Writing: The Cultural, Social, and Linguistic Contexts of the World's First Writing Systems" on Nov. 8-9.

Teresa Cole, "Curling in on itself"

Teresa Cole exhibits woodcuts in Detroit

This month Professor Teresa Cole was one of six artists featured in the exhibit Abstraction and Landscape: Contemporary Woodcut  at the Detroit Artists Market. Cole's installation of woodcuts, Curling In On Itself [detail at left] was created in India while in residence at Khoj Kolkata International Artist Residency. The work was described as "dazzling" and "a real show-stopper" by the Detroit News.

Cole also delivered a lecture "Woodcut Ornament and Abstraction" as part of the Mid American Print Conference at Wayne State University in Detroit. Cole holds the Ellsworth Woodward Professorship of Art and is a School of Liberal Arts Glick Fellow.

Gene Koss, Ridge Road Climb, Series II

Gene Koss donates sculpture to support Newcomb Scholars Program

Embracing the motto of Tulane University, “Non sibi, sed suis,” translated as “not for one’s self, but for one’s own,” the Newcomb Alumnae Association has launched a fundraising raffle in support of students, thanks to a helping hand from noted art glass professor Gene Koss

Purchasers of a raffle ticket have the chance to win a unique piece of art glass and to support the Newcomb Scholars Program. Newcomb College Institute selects 20 students each year from a variety of majors as Newcomb Scholars, a cohort dedicated to cultivating leadership skills and developing their intellectual capacities. 

The winner of the raffle will receive a one-of-a-kind sculpture — Ridge Road Climb, Series II— now on display in the Bea Field Alumni House on the uptown campus. Through Koss’s generous donation, all of the funds raised will be used to support a Newcomb Scholar.        [read more... Tulane New Wave, 09.18.2014]

Agostino Brunias. Free Women of Color with Their Children and Servants in a Landscape, circa 1770–96. Brooklyn Museum of Art

Mia Bagneris lectures at NOMA

Assistant Professor Mia Bagneris will lecture on “Reimagining Race, Class, and Identity in the New World,” on Friday, September 12 at 6pm at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The lecture will be held in conjunction with the exhibit, Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898

Professor Bagneris teaches African American/Diaspora art history and studies of race in Western Art.  Her own work concentrates on the construction of race in British and American art and visual culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Kevin Jones, Concerning Things That Can Be Doubted

Kevin Jones exhibits in Seoul, South Korea

Kevin H. Jones, Associate Professor of Digital Arts and Associate Chair of the Newcomb Art Department, is participating in The 14th Seoul International NewMedia Festival (aka NeMaf) from August 7-15. 

NeMaf, established by iGong Alternative Visual Culture Factory in 2000, is the first genre-over media art festival in Asia and the largest alternative film/media festival in Korea.  The festival will feature Jones' video installation "Concerning Things That Can Be Doubted."

Kendall Shaw MFA 1961

Alumnus Kendall Shaw in 9 Abstract Painters exhibit at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York

New Orleans native Kendall Shaw (BS, 1949, MFA 1959) studied at Tulane University's Newcomb School of Art under Ida Kohlmeyer, George Rickey, Kurt Kranz, and visiting artist Mark Rothko. In 1961 Shaw moved to New York City and began exhibiting at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in 1964. The gallery's current exhibition, Starting Out: 9 Abstract Painters 1958-1971, showcases nine large paintings by then emerging artists Edward Avedisian, Darby Bannard, Friedel Dzubas, Paul Feeley, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Ralph Humphrey, Kenneth Noland and Kendall Shaw. The exhibition runs from June 5 - August 1, 2014.

[Kendall Shaw, Escatawpa Sunrise, 1968, acrylic on canvas (6 panels), 96 x 168 inches]

Agostino Brunias (Italian, circa 1730–1796). Free Women of Color with Their Children and Servants in a Landscape, circa 1770–96. Oil on canvas, Brooklyn Museum.

PhD candidate serves as institutional curator for Behind Closed Doors exhibit at New Orleans Museum of Art

This week the New Orleans Advocate interviewed Lucia Abramovich, NOMA Curatorial Fellow for Spanish Colonial Art and PhD candidate in Art History and Latin American Studies, about the upcoming exhibit ‘Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.’ 

The exhibition opens June 20 and will showcase approximately 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles, and decorative art objects, compiled by curator Richard Aste of the Brooklyn Museum. Eleven objects from NOMA’s Spanish Colonial collection will be included in the exhibition’s installation in New Orleans. read more....

Mia Bagneris

Mia Bagneris awarded Duren Professorship 2014-2015

The William L. Duren '26 Professorship Program provides up to four faculty members per year with additional resources that permit them to adopt distinctive pedagogies (team-teaching, use of auxiliary materials or electronic information technologies, and others) and to arrange for and facilitate distinctive kinds of meaningful interactions with students enrolled in the courses they teach as Duren Professors.

Mia Bagneris, Assistant Professor of Art History, will use Duren funds to offer an expanded and enriched version of her seminar, “Contested Visions of the Civil War: Race, Rebellion, Reconstruction, Reunion, Romanticization, Revision and Other Narratives Surrounding the Civil War in American Art and Visual Culture" which will include number of guest speakers, a film series, and a weekend excursion to Atlanta. Exploring a wide range of art and visual culture including painting, sculpture, photography, film, museum exhibitions, and memorial performances, the course will explore the contested narratives of the Civil War from before the firing of the first shot at Fort Sumter to the present and culminate in a student-designed online exhibition featuring objects from local collections. 

Bee Dance, screenprint by Teresa-Cole, 2014

Teresa Cole named Glick Fellow by School of Liberal Arts

For the fourth year in a row, based on the generosity of Cathy and Craig Glick, the School of Liberal Arts has been able to name four Glick fellows. These individuals, who have been approved for fourth year leave or a sabbatical, will receive support to allow them to complete their research.  In the past, these grants have been invaluable as now twelve Glick Fellows have traveled, written, and researched in ways that would have previously been impossible.

Teresa Cole, chair of the Newcomb Art Department, plans a new project using handmade paper. Currently entitled, Seamless Belonging, the project will look not only at the process of papermaking but also issues of cultural identity. She will explore the use of pattern to create identity as well as a means to distort, confuse and manipulate information. To expand her knowledge of papermaking, she will use the Glick fellowship to attend the Annual Handmade Papermaking Workshop at the Awagami Factory in Japan. She will also travel to Manhattan where she will work at Dieu Donne, a paper making studio equipped to deal with her large-scale works.   read more...

[shown: Bee Dance, screen print, 25' x 18", 2014]

Sonya Wohletz

Stone Center awards Sonya Wohletz 'Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities'

On Thursday, May 1, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies celebrated its 13th annual Awards Ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding staff, faculty, and students. 

The award ceremony celebrates the interdisciplinary work produced by Stone Center affiliates over the course of the past year.

At the ceremony Dr. Elizabeth Boone presented Sonya Wohletz with the Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities for her paper “Through a Glass, Darkly: A Study of Mirrors in Aztec Art.”

Donald Robertson was a professor of Art History at Tulane for more than 25 years and authored the standard Mexican Manuscript Painting of the Early Colonial Period: The Metropolitan Schools. Professor Robertson served on numerous graduate student committees and motivated a generation of budding Art Historians and Ethnohistorians.

read more....

John Clemmer

Memorial service for John Clemmer (1921-2014) to be held on May 9

John Clemmer, former Chair of the Newcomb Art Department, died April 11 in Milwaukee of complications from a stroke. Clemmer taught drawing and painting to generations of Tulane students at both the School of Architecture and the Newcomb Art Department between 1951 and his retirement in 1986. 

A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Friday May 9 at Touro Synagogue, 4328 St. Charles Avenue. A reception will follow.

[read more: New Orleans Advocate]

Elizabeth Feroze, BFA 2014, recipient of the Sandy Chism Memorial Award in Painting

The Newcomb Art Department honors outstanding student artists and historians

On Thursday April 24, the Newcomb Art Department presented the following awards to students in the History of Art and Studio Art programs: 

Henry Stern Prize Paper in Art History | Gabrielle Stewart
Outstanding Art History Major | Kira Sullivan
Nell Pomeroy O’Brien Award for a Sophomore or Junior in Art History | James Steele
Senior Honors Scholar in Art History | Zachary Chizmar
Alberta “Rusty” Collier Award for Outstanding Studio Art Majors in 2-Dimensional Work | Marjorie McWilliams
Alberta “Rusty” Collier Award for Outstanding Studio Art Majors in 3-Dimensional Work | Noah Conlay
Nell Pomeroy O’Brien Award for a Sophomore or Junior in Studio Art | Emily Johnson
Sandy Chism Memorial Award in Painting | Elizabeth Feroze
Edmond Lester Lacoste III Memorial Award in Painting | Caroline Muneoka
Promising Rising Senior Award in Painting | Jessie Gomez
Senior Honors Scholar in Studio Art | Benjamin Kim


[shown: Elizabeth Feroze, Projected Nylon, 2014, silkscreen, acrylic, india ink, paper on canvas]

The Pattillo Brothers, Company K, “Henry Volunteers,” Twenty-second Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, 1861–63

Alumnus Jeff Rosenheim curates exhibition of Civil War photographs at NOMA

Photography, invented just 20 years before the American Civil War, is the subject of an exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art, curated by Jeff Rosenheim, who received a master of fine arts from Tulane University in 1986. Rosenheim has been a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for 26 years. Rosenheim’s show, “Photography and the American Civil War,” is on display at NOMA through May 4. “Photography has come of age,” says Rosenehim. “It has gone from a medium that was begrudgingly accepted as an art form. … It’s been a great trajectory and for me it began at Tulane.” He currently is curator in charge of the photography department at the Met and is the author of the exhibit’s catalogue.   [read more... Tulane New Wave]

St Sebastian by Simon Vouet, Sarah Cambell Blaffer Foundation

‘Early Modern’ portraits at Newcomb tell a fascinating story

The Newcomb Art Gallery might be underselling its new exhibition.

Described as the gallery’s “largest exhibition ever of Old Master art,” “Early Modern Faces: European Portraits 1480-1780” isn’t just the biggest collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings ever shown on the Tulane campus. It’s one of the largest exhibitions of its kind ever shown in New Orleans, period.

It also happens to be one of the best.

Featuring more than 90 paintings, prints, and etchings by a constellation of art historical superstars including Rembrandt, Goya and Van Dyck, this immensely satisfying show proves that an exhibition of this kind of art can be made broadly accessible to a general audience without sacrificing scholarly heft.

The exhibition, curated by Newcomb Associate Professor of Art History Anne Dunlop, is mostly comprised of works from Houston’s Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation. Blaffer, a daughter of one of the founders of Texaco, established a fund in the 1970s that was used to acquire an encyclopedic collection of artworks, which have been loaned to many other institutions over the years. Several pieces from the New Orleans Museum of Art round out the selection.

- John D. Addario in The New Orleans Advocate,  read more...

Stylus by Bonnie Maygarden

Bonnie Maygarden exhibits at Staple Goods and Gallery 2

Bonnie Maygarden, 2014 MFA candidate, has a solo exhibition at Staple Goods in New Orleans opening Saturday, April 12 with a reception from 6-9pm. Maygarden uses deceptive techniques to leaven the self-referential flatness of late modernist painting with the emotional coolness of a screen-based experience. 

Maygarden will also be featured in a four person abstract painting show, "Staring at the Sun,” curated by Craig Drennen at Gallery 2, in Atlanta, Georgia which will be on view from April 26 ­-June 14.


Bonnie Maygarden, Stylus, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

Glass exhibit

Glass students exhibit at OCH Gallery

"Clear Aspects: Conversations in Glass," an exhibit of works by Tulane University undergraduate and graduate students will be on view at OCH Gallery from April 12 - May 2, 2014.  The works featured represent a variety of studio techniques, including glass blowing and casting by graduate students Daniel Alley and Jeffrey Stenbom,  as well as undergraduates Claire Beauchamp, Noah Conlay, Addi Ginsberg, Eric Hess, Ben Kim, Tom Lobell, and Petr Verner. 

An opening reception will be held at the OCH Gallery, 1638 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, on Saturday April 12, 10am-3pm.

condensation on my mind

Ronna Harris exhibits at New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts

Ronna Harris, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Newcomb Art Department, will exhibit a new body of work titled "Closer Examination" at the Academy Gallery in New Orleans. Harris' paintings communicate a state of controlled chaos as she combines two divergent forces and approaches: realism and abstract expression.  By a proficient handling of light, a mastery of images, and a skillful mark making method, the paintings confer an illusion of reality to something that's not real. The end result is a spatial between magic and illusion rooted in the American Realist tradition. Her philosophy is art is magic, and the magic is illusion. 

An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on Saturday, April 5, 6-8pm. The exhibition will be open through May 2, 2014. The Academy Gallery is located at 5256 Magazine Street.

"Condensation on My Mind," by Ronna Harris

Early Modern Faces

Anne Dunlop curates major exhibition of Old Masters

The Newcomb Art Gallery will stage its largest exhibition ever of Old Master art when it opens “Early Modern Faces: European Portraits 1480-1780” on March 27 at Tulane University. The exhibition, which will be on display through June 29, brings together nearly 90 Old Master paintings and prints by some of the most famous artists of Renaissance and Baroque Europe, including Van Dyck, Veronese, Zurbaran, Rembrandt and Goya. “It’s an enormous show,” said curator Anne Dunlop, an art history professor at Tulane. “It’s a real achievement to have this show here. And it’s a big chance for the people of New Orleans to see works that they wouldn’t necessarily get to see.”

The rise of the portrait was one of the fundamental artistic developments of early-modern art, with the artist trying to record the subject’s appearance while documenting a social, historical or ideal persona. “Any historic house you go into, you’ll see portraits,” Dunlop said. “But we don’t necessarily think about the fact that they have a particular development and a particular style. This is a chance for people to see how portraits came into being and to think about what they are looking at. There is a kind of staged or performance aspect to these works.”

Dunlop said the exhibition is one of the biggest displays of Old Master art to ever take place in New Orleans. Most of the works are on loan from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Collection of Houston, with several from the New Orleans Museum of Art. An exhibition catalog, which includes entries written by Tulane students, will be available for purchase at a cost of $13.  
[Barri Bronston, Tulane New Wave, March 19, 2014]
Adam Mysock at VOLTA NY

Adam Mysock exhibits at VOLTA NY

Adam Mysock, Professor of Practice in Painting and Drawing, had a solo show in New York (SoHo) earlier this month as part of this year’s VOLTA NY art fair.  Along with eighteen older paintings, he exhibited a new body of work titled “The Jetsam” which explored technology as a marker of time. Mysock's debut exhibit in New York generated significant media coverage and interest by collectors. More than half the paintings were sold in one day to the 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky and private collectors in New York and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The work was reviewed/featured in Installation Magazine (Technological Parameters: Adam Mysock at Volta NY), in Posture Magazine (Artists to Watch Out For/Highlights of Volta NY), on Hamptons Art Hub (Critic’s View: Viewer Engagement a Priority at VOLTA NY), on ArtLyst (High Volta Armory Week’s Best Satellite), on ArtNet (The Imagination Runs Wild at VOLTA NY 2014), on ArtDaily (Quality Reigns in Volta NY’s Stellar Seventh Edition), and on ArtNews (29 Artists With Their Work at New York Art Fairs) among others.

Helen C. Evans

Alumna Helen C. Evans to deliver the first annual Wladis Seminar on Curatorial Careers

The Newcomb Art Department presents the first annual Wladis Seminar on Curatorial Careers, "Curating Byzantium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Installations and Exhibitions," a lecture by Helen C. Evans, Ph.D., the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

A specialist in Early Christian, Byzantine and Armenian art, Dr. Evans received B.A. from Newcomb College and her masters and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. After joining the curatorial staff of the Museum in 1991, she installed the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Byzantine Art, the first galleries dedicated to Byzantine art in an encyclopedic museum, in 2000 and expanded them in 2008. She has curated three landmark exhibitions on Byzantine Art - Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th – 9th Century) in 2012, Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557) in 2004, and The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era (843-1261).

The Wladis Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 13 at 6:00pm in Freeman Auditorium, followed by a reception in Woodward Way.

Lucia Abramovich

Lucia Abramovich appointed Spanish Colonial Fellow at NOMA

Lucia Abramovich, PhD candidate in Art History and Latin American Studies at Tulane, has joined the staff at the New Orleans Museum of Art as the new curatorial fellow of Spanish Colonial Art.

Abramovich is currently reviewing NOMA's extensive collection of Spanish Colonial art which will ultimately result in a new installation at the museum. She will also serve as institutional curator for Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish Colonial Home, 1492-1898, an exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art that will open at NOMA on June 20, 2014.


[Arts Quarterly, New Orleans Museum of Art, Winter 2014, photo by Judy Cooper]

Weston Lambert

Assistant Professor AnnieLaurie Erickson and Professor of Practice Weston Lambert exhibit in New York

AnnieLaurie Erickson is participating in Distant Images, Local Positions, a group photography show at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York. The exhibit was curated by Wafaa Bilaal and opens January 24 and runs until March 8. The exhibition also shows work by Haseeb Ahmed and Daniel Baird, Hasan Elahi,  Regina Mamou, Mary Mattingly, Trevor Paglen, Travis LeRoy Southworth, and Scott Patrick Wiener.

Weston Lambert was selected for UrbanGlass's Annual MFA Exhibition which highlights emerging artists who use glass in their work. This year's show presents large-scale sculpture by artists whose work explores the natural world through the combination of glass, found objects, wood, and technology. The MFA Exhibition also features work by Melissa Athey, Sarah Briland, and Wil Sideman. The exhibition will be on view at the Agnes Varis Art Center, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY from January 22 - March 15, 2014.

Jennifer Drinkwater

Carroll Gallery to host Tribute Exhibition for Sandy Chism

The Carroll Gallery will host the exhibition “A Tribute to Sandy Chism:  an exhibition of work by friends, colleagues, students and mentors” from January 13 – 30th.  Sandy Chism was an associate professor of painting and drawing at Tulane who passed away in January of 2013. 

“This exhibition will bring together work by so many people who were influenced by Sandy in one way or another, and we hope it will serve as a fitting tribute.  She was an inspiring professor to so many, a wonderful colleague, and an artist of such evocative works,” said Laura Richens, Curator of the Carroll Gallery in the Newcomb Art Department.

Participating artists include:  Zarouhie Abdalian, Raine Bedsole, Eleanor Bernadas, Simonette Berry, Taylor Bonds, Lisa Bulawsky, Ellen Bull, Angela Burks, Joseph Burwell, Kyle Chaput, Teresa Cole, Aaron Collier, Liese Dart, Bonita Day, Alyssa Dennis, Laura Doughtie, Becky Durham, Jennifer Drinkwater, Eden Gass, David Gillies, Brian Glaser, Margot Goodan, Rachel Granberry, Adam Hall, Ronna Harris, Brian Hitselberger, Emily Huffman, Jennifer Ickes, Maureen Iverson, Jeremy Jernegan, Josh Knott, Yasamin Keshtakar, Karyn Kirke, Molly Knobloch, Casey Lard, Victoria Le, Nicole Lehrer, Barbie L’Hoste, Kathleen Loe, Allison McAshan, Judith Burns McCrea, Amy McKinnon, Kayleigh Maier, Madeline Marak, Ali Mills, Lance Morris, Lara Mossler, Adam Mysock, Matteo Neivert, Jamie Oliver, Gina Phillips, Marc-Anthony Polizzi, Laurel Porcari, Laura Richens, David Robinson, Blake Sanders, Hannah March Sanders, Karoline Schleh, Gordon Sherman, Billy Solitario, Alexis Stahl, Ben Trinh, Annie Walker, Josh Windham, Bronwen Wyatt, and others.
The exhibition’s Artists’ Reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 16.  The reception is free and open to the public.

Tulane University, Newcomb Art Dept., 202 Woldenberg Art Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5327