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Art lecturer presents solo exhibition focusing on historic New Orleans canals

May 2, 2014

Inspiration hit Loyola University New Orleans Art and Design lecturer Barbara Brainard while browsing old maps of New Orleans canals in Loyola’s J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library. That inspiration led to Brainard’s art—large-scale drawings of New Orleans canal systems and the surrounding urban architecture—now on display in her solo exhibition at the Cole Pratt Gallery located at 3800 Magazine St. in New Orleans.

A free, public reception celebrating the “City in Mind” exhibition is set for Saturday, May 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Brainard’s exhibition runs through May 31.

Research for Brainard’s solo exhibition not only inspired her art, it also inspired her students. In fact, several of her art students helped with the production of the art work. She also incorporated that research into her freshman seminar class, “Walking New Orleans,” where she teaches her students to find art inspiration in the Crescent City’s quirky historic architecture.

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