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The Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery at Loyola University New Orleans Presents “Connecting the Light”

Loyola press release - September 5, 2018

The Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery at Loyola University New Orleans presents this month a collaborative exhibition of paintings and photography by leading artists Erica Lambertson and Akasha Rabut. Titled “Connecting the Light,” the September show at the gallery is an opportunity for New Orleans residents and the Loyola community to experience the work of these two artists and explore what happens when top-flight artists of varying media connect through friendship.

“I’m very excited for our students to see how Erica, a painter, and Akasha, a photographer, have worked together to create this exhibition,” said Karoline Schleh, director of the Diboll Art Gallery. “Collaboration is something we try to encourage with our students in their art practice. It is important to understand how one’s personal work can grow when working with another artist, how their work can inform your own, and vice versa.”

The exhibition runs Sept. 21 through Nov. 25, 2018 at the gallery, located on the fourth floor of the J. Edgar and Monroe S. Library at Loyola, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, 70118. The show is free and open to the public.

Akasha Rabut is a photographer based in New Orleans, La. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Akasha spends most of her free time pursuing personal photography projects in New Orleans focusing on daily life and New Orleans culture. These projects fuel and often inspire her more commercial and editorial work. Some of Akasha’s most recent clients include The FADER, Nike, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Vogue, INC. Magazine, BUST Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Budweiser and rapper J. Cole.

Erica Lambertson is a painter who received her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She also studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and several other art schools. Since moving back to Louisiana in 2009, Erica has drawn much of her inspiration directly from her day-to-day life in southern Louisiana: lush subtropical landscapes, torrential summer rains, thick humid air and the decay it brings, the swamp. Erica currently sells her paintings through Gallery Orange located in New Orleans’s French Quarter. She has shown her work in many places around New Orleans including The Front and the Contemporary Arts Center.

Rabut and Lambertson met in 2009 shortly after both artists found themselves living in New Orleans. They connected artistically through a mutual love and obsession for light and color. Through the years they have collaborated informally on many projects and taken a strong interest in each other’s work. The concept for this show came from a mutual admiration for each other’s work and an interest in further exploring the connection that happens naturally through an artistic friendship.

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