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Louisiana in Print

Loyola press release - November 30, 2004

Louisiana in Print”

(New Orleans)—The Collins C. Diboll Gallery at Loyola University New Orleans is hosting an exhibition of contemporary Louisiana artists who utilize the printmaking medium. Examples will be seen ranging from traditional printmaking techniques to more modern interpretations of the media. The exhibition will be on display from January 27 – March 11, 2005. A reception date is to be announced.

More than 30 artists will be represented, including: Masahiro Arai, Kimberly Arp, Raine Bedsole, Ron Bechet, James Burke, Barbara Brainard, Gerald Cannon, Teresa Cole, Brandon Graving, Cheryl Hayes, Brian Kelly, William Kitchens, Leslie Koptcho, Arthur Okazaki, Larry Schuh, John Scott, Allison Stewart, Gerry Wubben, Laura Richens, Mary Jane Parker, and Jacqueline Bishop.

Allison Stewart – A New Orleans artist, Stewart has gained national recognition for her large, mixed media paintings that express the restless balance between man and nature. In 1998, Stewart co-founded Kid Smart, a Louisiana non profit organization to teach inner city children life lessons through the visual arts. Stewart has served on the board of directors and as vice president of the arts policy committee for the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center. She presently serves on the board of directors for the Entergy Arts Business Center at the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Contemporary Arts Center and for Kid Smart. She is represented by the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, Markel Sears Gallery in New York, Virginia Miller Gallery in Miami, Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, Kathy Albers Gallery in Memphis, and Sandy Carson Gallery in Denver. Stewart has served on the faculty of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art since 1988 and has taught art at Loyola University, Delgado Community College and the University of New Orleans.

Brandon Graving – Over the past year she has pioneered a distinctive monoprinting technique with hand-made inks which interact with light by reflecting and changing color as the viewer shifts position. She creates three-dimensional surfaces by combining embossed impressions of objects and forms with the layering of different viscosities of ink. A native of New Orleans, Graving teaches at the Contemporary Artists Center in Massachusetts. Her work has been featured throughout Louisiana, as well as New York and Massachusetts.

Barbara Brainard – A Tulane graduate, Barbara Brainard has taught drawing at Loyola since 1989. She received a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in 2000 and mini-grant in 2004 and was featured in New American Paintings in 1999. She is an active member of the Drawing Center (NYC) and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. Her work is in many private and corporate collections, including New Orleans Museum of Art and Rutgers University. She is represented in New Orleans by Cole Pratt Gallery.

. Ron Bechet – Bechet is a native of New Orleans. He was educated at the University of New Orleans and Yale University, and currently serves chairman of the Department of Fine Arts at Xavier University. He was recently featured as a “Louisiana Artist” on WWNO.

Jacqueline Bishop – Bishop received her bachelor of arts from the University of New Orleans after moving to New Orleans from the Dominican Republic. In the late 80’s, Bishop became an integral part of a group of artists pulled together by the late George Febres, and dubbed “Visionary Imagists” by writer D. Eric Bookhardt. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and is currently represented in New Orleans by Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Scott – A New Orleans native, Scott is a sculptor and professor of art at his alma mater, Xavier University. In 1992, John Scott received a “Genius Grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Throughout his artistic career he has drawn on New Orleans’ rich culture and musical heritage in creating his sculpture, paintings and prints and in writing poetry. Since 1965 John Scott has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. He is currently represented by Arthur Roger Gallery.

For additional information on this event and the artists featured, call Karoline Schleh at 861-5456, or e-mail gallery@loyno.edu