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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 13:03
Congratulations to Tulane Art History Prof. Holly Flora, who has just been awarded the prestigious Premio San Francesco, awarded by the Pontificia Università Antonianum, for her book: Cimabue and the Franciscans (Brepols, 2019.) 

Cimabue and the Franciscans sheds new light on the legendary artist Cimabue, revealing his sophisticated engagement with complicated intellectual and theological ideas about materials, memory, beauty, and experience. 

Prof. Flora will be awarded the prize at a ceremony in Rome on January 16, 2020.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 11:07
Gene Koss, Arc, installation view, Hibernian Memorial Park, New Orleans
The opening of Forging Strength: The Art of Labor, a new sculpture garden at Hibernian Memorial Park, will take place on Friday, January 17 at 10 am at the Celtic Cross Monument in New Orleans, located on the neutral ground between West End and Pontchartrain boulevards. (map) The guest of honor for the kick-off of  is Irish Consul General Claire McCarthy, making her first trip to New Orleans since her appointment to the Irish Consulate in Austin, Texas, last fall.
Artists featured in the exhibition include Earl Dismuke, Erica Larkin Gaudet, Hernan Caro, Gene H. Koss, Mia Kaplan and Tara Conley. The exhibit provides artistic representation of the immigration experience and supports the mission of the Irish heritage park to honor the contribution of the Irish in the Crescent City.
For more information contact Louisiana Hibernian Charity board president Jim Moriarty 504.616.3999.
Funding for the Hibernian Memorial Park sculpture project was provided by the Emigrant Support Programme of Ireland, with additional support from the Louisiana Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Hash House Harriers, the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club and Roubion Shoring and Construction.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 10:49
Newcomb Art Department Professor Aaron Collier opened a two-person exhibition entitled "Revival" on October 24 at Octavia Art Gallery in Houston, TX. The exhibition runs through November 30.

“The “Everything You Need to Know” website that intends to prepare visitors to Palatine Hill in Rome offers the following caution: “Without a guide or guidebook, it can be difficult to make sense of the ruins of the Palatine… you don’t want to be one of those tourists who wanders aimlessly around the hill, with no idea of what they’re looking at.”

In September of 2017, Collier found himself to be just exactly that, a tourist without the benefit of a guide. It was the challenge of making sense of Palatine’s excavations and ruins, with their innumerable fragments, pieces, and remains, the profound inability to explain away or see through every layer, the overwhelming sense of bewilderment and mystery, that inspired the series Of Rocks and Ruins.

With these works, Collier implements several modes of image making towards squaring with the central questions that drive his research: “What to do with a small and incomplete knowledge of a vast, complex, and multivalent world? How are images, which are inherently shards or snippets of information, able to convey this inability to know in full?”.
Artwork: Fact and Spirit, 2018, Flashe on canvas, 38 x 38.”
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:39
In honor of Veterans Day, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art highlighted the work of World War II veteran and Tulane alumnus, Kendall Shaw.

Shaw was born in New Orleans in 1924. He served in the U. S. Navy as a radioman on an SPB Dauntless dive-bomber searching for German submarines off the mid-Atlantic coast during the second world war. The experience he gained during his service to country at a time of war informed his work for the rest of his life.
Shaw studied painting in New Orleans with George Rickey, Ida Kohlmeyer and Mark Rothko. In New York he studied with Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis and O. Louis Guglielmi. He held faculty teaching positions at Columbia University Architecture School, Hunter College, Lehman College, The Brooklyn Museum School and Parsons School of Design. Shaw was one of the founding members of a group of artists that came to be called the Pattern and Decoration Movement in the 1970s for their use of repeating geometric patterns inspired by craft traditions from both Western and non-Western cultures.
Born in the final years of the Greatest Generation, Shaw devoted his life to art after his formative experience of military service during WWII. Kendall Shaw died peacefully in his home in Brooklyn, New York on October 18, 2019. He leaves a legacy of innovation and excellence in American Art, and remains one of the most important artists to the mission, history and trajectory of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
WWII Veteran Kendall Shaw, Sunship, for John Coltrane, 1982, Acrylic and mirrors on canvas, Gift of the artist, Ogden Musuem of Southern Art

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 10:16
This 3 credit studio art course examines the nature of the clay New Orleans is built on, from the perspective of geologic sedimentation, an urban living environment and as a material for ceramic art. We will dig clay from four sites in the city, process it in the studio and use it as the material for original ceramic artworks. Working individually and in small groups students will develop new pieces that explore issues of identity, change and risk in the New Orleans region.

Guest speakers from the Earth Science dept. will present current research on the processes of sedimentation and land building, as well as the challenges of sea level rise, subsidence and climate change on this unique delta. As a studio arts course it will cover the chemical makeup and application of clays and emphasize creative thinking and the development of skills and original works. No prerequisite is required.

Professor Jeremy Jernegan:
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 13:38
Dr. Fan Zhang will be teaching three new courses in Spring 2020.
Art of Death: Funerary Art and Ritual in Ancient China This course guides the students to explore the complexity concerning the art of death in ancient China from the Bronze Age to the Medieval Period. We will examine the evolving structure of the burial architecture, scrutinize mural paintings covering the burial chambers, and analyze the funeral goods that create mimesis of the living world for the dead. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this course inquiries into the social dimension of mortuary art and explore the intersection between art history, history and archaeology.

Dragon and Lotus: Chinese Visual and Material Culture This course, focusing the visual and material culture of China from the prehistoric to the medieval period, is to interrogate the dynamics between art, politics, and rituals. Each week we will examine selected masterpieces in decorated pottery, engraved jade, cast bronze, stone sculpture, woven textile, gold and silver. We will investigate the production, circulation, transmission, and reception of the artworks to reconstruct the social life of things against its historical background. Lastly, we will highlight three of the most prominent motifs in Chinese art—animals, flowers, and human forms—as case studies to illustrate how similar patterns were interpreted via different mediums, used in different contexts, and articulated different social relations throughout the Chinese history.

Monks and Merchants: East Asian Art after 1100 introduces students to the visual and material culture of China, Korea, and Japan from the medieval period to the present. Among the topics discussed in class are: art and imperial patronage, art and cultural identity, transmission of Buddhist art, garden and urban designs, etc. Special attention will be given to the transcultural exchange among China, Korea, and Japan and the encounter between the East and the West.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 13:18
CAA News Today
The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

This week, Danielle Wyckoff and AnnieLaurie Erickson discuss professional practices.
Danielle Wyckoff is an assistant professor at the Kendall College for Art and Design at Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
AnnieLaurie Erickson is an associate professor of photography and co-director of Studio Art Graduate Studies at Tulane University.

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Monday, October 21, 2019 - 15:19
Lynda Benglis' Eat Meat, on view at Pace Gallery in Palo Alto. Photo by Brian Buckley/courtesy Pace Gallery.

Blurring the lines between painting and sculpture, Newcomb Art alumna Lynda Benglis' pioneering work sets her apart as one of the first women with the "moxie" to work with industrial materials in a bold way. Read more at Palo Alto Online.

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 13:33
from AnnieLaurie Erickson, Associate Professor of Photography:

Art & Activism: Rights of Nature
ARST 3040 Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-3:20pm

Explore art making as a tool for change. The discussion of text and visual material will be supplemented by visits with local activists and field trips to artist studios and exhibitions. The service learning component of the course imvolves working with an artist/activist community partner on social or environmental projects.

For more information: email professor AnnieLaurie Erickson:

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 12:33
from Laura Richens, Curator of the Carroll Gallery 

  • Works are due on Monday October 28, 9am - 3pm in the Carroll Gallery
  • Juror:  Dr. Benjamin Benus, Professor of Art History, Loyola University, New Orleans
  • Works in all media encouraged
  • Maximum 5 works per student
  • Cash prizes awarded
  • Works do not need to be framed to be juried, but if accepted, must be made suitable for presentation  
  • Open to any Tulane undergradaute working towards a degree
  • ONLINE ENTRY FORM:  Located on “exhibitions” page of the Carroll Gallery website, direct link here: 
Exhibition dates:  November 6-22, 2019
Reception: Thursday, November 7, 5:30-7:30 pm

Questions? email