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Collaborative Art Piece of Two Loyola Professors Selected by Alexandria Museum of Art Competition

Loyola press release - October 21, 2016

The work of Loyola University New Orleans Extraordinary Professor of Studio Art Karoline Schleh and Assistant Professor of Interactive and New Media John Seefeldt’s earns the dynamic duo a position at the 29th September Competition Exhibition at the Alexandria Museum of Art. Schleh and Seefeldt were selected along with 45 other artists from among 300 international submissions to have their work on display for the exhibit which runs through Nov. 29.

The 29th September Competition presented by the Alexandria Museum of Art is an exhibition curated by juror Francis Pavy from national and international submissions highlighting contemporary art practices in all media.

Schleh developed original backwards script ink drawings in response to photographs taken by Seefeldt for the original source imagery. As the viewer moves between the panels, the images shift within the layers to create a unique environment. The goal of this piece is to create a space that responds to the viewer's presence within it.

“John and I are honored to have our shared work recognized as part of the 29th September Competition,” Schleh said. “Having the opportunity to join forces with such an experienced and talented colleague not only allowed me as an educator to learn about the intricacies of working with new media technology, but also provided an opportunity for both of us to combine our aesthetics in a format that we can continue to expand upon in new spaces."

The untitled work created in 2016 includes new and traditional media, including: drawing, custom-built electronics, lightweight installation of fabric, wood, interactive applications, and projected imagery.

Other work by Schleh is included in the collections of the Louisiana State Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the New Orleans Arts Council, and private collections. She has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation. In addition to her studio work, she works as an assistant Professor of Studio Art at Loyola University, New Orleans.

Seefeldt is an Assistant Professor of Interactive and New Media at Loyola University New Orleans in the Departments of Art and Design. His primary medium is a combination of interactive media and traditional fabrication methods. The work is informed both by research and an experiential understanding of the human experience in a contemporary media-centric culture. His most recent work leverages both virtual and augmented reality technologies to provide the viewer with an opportunity to explore their own interactions and relationships with their environment from unfamiliar perspectives.