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Diboll Art Gallery showcases many faces of a 'Portrait'

Loyola press release - June 1, 2009

From June 1 – Sept. 3, the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery at Loyola University New Orleans will feature "Portrait," a showcase of works from 28 artists ranging in traditional portraits to conceptual works exploring identity. Artists represented are regional and national, established and emerging, performers, teachers, students and journalists. Their subjects are just as diverse, spanning from politicians, pop icons, friends, strangers and the artists themselves.

"The inspiration for ‘Portrait’ came unexpectedly while picking up signage from Graffiti Graphics on Oak Street," said Karoline Schleh, director of the Diboll Gallery and assistant professor of visual arts.

"Hanging in the rear of the studio was an assemblage created from weathered United Way employee badges, found post-Katrina, hanging beneath a neon ‘vacancy’ sign found on Airline Highway," Schleh said. "For me the piece was the perfect portrait of the missing New Orleanians, those that evacuated and left shells of workplaces and homes behind."

Participating artists include: Douglas Bourgeois, Gina Phillips, Tom Strider, Elizabeth Fox, Erika Goldring, Dona Lief, George Dureau, Christian Van Campen, Carol Leake, Henry Holzenthal, Tim Best, Myrtle Van Damitz, III, Shannon Kelley, Adrian Deckbar, Mike Smith, Erika Martins, David Fithian, W. Steve Rucker, Barbara Brainard, Alexander Stolin, Antonio Garza, Denise Frazier, Karen Ostrom, Sarah Brewer, Gary Oaks, Jacqueline Bishop, Wanda Sullivan, Maurice Alvarado and Leslie Parr.

The Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery is located on the fourth floor of Loyola’s J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-865-2074.