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Diboll Art Gallery launches dual faculty exhibits

Loyola press release - January 22, 2013

Fresh off the heels of its highly acclaimed centennial exhibit last fall, the Department of Art and Design at Loyola University New Orleans continues its celebration with the opening of two new exhibits by faculty members Gerald Cannon and Nancy Bernardo.

An opening reception will take place Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5-8 p.m. in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library.

“I try to highlight the artist faculty work in dual-person exhibitions to give the audience a real sense of what their personal work is about, and of course, how very talented our faculty is,” said Karoline Schleh, gallery director.

Cannon’s exhibit, “Image Authenticity,” is the product of the first half of his yearlong sabbatical investigating the concepts of what constitutes an authentic image in a digital age. The work explores the fine line between irony and sincerity, and with the exception of two paintings, all works are archival prints.

Bernardo’s exhibit, “Decorative Debris,” stems from the term ephemera, which is derived from Greek and refers to any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. Bernardo uses ephemera from the first 50 years of the 20th century in an effort to show the beauty in items originally intended for disposal. The work preserves these items in new ways that lend permanence and aesthetic qualities not originally intended.

According to Schleh, pairing Cannon with Bernardo was ideal because they both work with found and assembled imagery, text and digital media. “Nancy comes from a design background and Jerry from a fine arts background. While there are obvious differences in the artworks, you can also see there are many similarities in form, intent and humor in their work,” Schleh said.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5882.