"Rachel Jones Deris: Specters" and "Lee Deigaard: Hippocamp and Delta" will be on display from Tuesday, Sept. 29, through Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Collins C. Diboll Gallery and Visual Arts Center at the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, La.
The exhibits - a collection of new paintings by Rachel Jones Deirs and a collection of drawings and photogenic drawings by artist Lee Deigaard that explore circulatory systems, landscape, adn structures of the brain - will be unveiled at an art reception that runs from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The event is free and open to the public.
Deris, a native of Antlers, Okla., has worked and taught in New Orleans since 2005 and shown her work extensively, with exhibitions in New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, and Austria. In 2009, she was invited to mount a two-person exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Her work is part of that museum's permanent collection, as well as many other private collections. Her work has been reviewed in many national publications, including ArtForum, Art Papers, the New Orleans Art Review, and TimeOut Chicago.
Deigaard has lived and worked in New Orleans since 2002. Trained as a sculptor, she works in a variety of media including photography, installation, drawing, and video. She graduated from Yale University with a major in fine arts and earned graduate degrees from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design and from the University of Texas at Austin, where she held a Michener Fellowship in Creative Writing. Recurring themes in her work include: animal protagonists, cross-species interactions and connections, ancient trees, bayous, the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, and neural networks.
Deigaard was a 2009 recipient of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship and a 2009-2010 artist-in-residence at Louisiana ArtWorks. She is a member of the artist collective The Front. In 2012, Deigaard's video installation won the Clarence John Laughlin Award for photography administered by the New Orleans Photo Alliance and First Prize at the Southern Open at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Her memorial to Topsy the Elephant is on permanent display at the Coney Island Musuem in Brookly, N.Y.
The Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from Noon to 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Gallery Director Karoline Schleh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-865-5456.