May 1997

Visual Arts faculty has a busy semester

New graphics professor Dana Bartelt's annual summer program in Prague from June 13 - 27 will offer classes in art and graphic design and in architecture (including landscape architecture) taught by Czech artists, including Joseph Flejsar, noted Czech graphic designer. The program is open to students and faculty from any college or university. For information, call Bartelt at 862-9848. The catalogue for Bartelt's exhibition, "Both Sides of Peace," will be printed in July and distributed by the University of Texas Press. She also is the president and organizer of Louisiana's first chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (A.I.G.A.) to be called the New Orleans Chapter and is the coordinator of the newly formed Loyola University Student Chapter of the A.I.G.A.

In January Barbara Brainard, part- time professor of drawing, completed a mural commission for Ralph Brennan's Red Fish Grill Restaurant. She also served as a contributing set designer for the play A Walk in the Woods, directed by Perry Martin at the Contemporary Arts Center. The set is represented in the 21st Harper National Print & Drawing Exhibition, Harper College in Palatine, Ill., which also will travel to Western Illinois University in Harper. Brainard is a participant in the "No Dead Artists" exhibition which opened in April at the Positive Space Gallery on Magazine Street and in "Book Soup," a book arts exhibition at the New Orleans School of Glassworks on Magazine Street. In addition, Brainard was April's guest artist at the Old Frame House in Hammond and donated to the Friends of Visual Arts Gala, a fundraising event at Southeastern Louisiana University. She presented a solo show of monotypes at Art Who? in Ocean Springs, Miss., and recently completed a portrait commission by Priscilla O'Quinn's children.

Assistant Professor Gerald Cannon was an invited panelist on ART SPEAK, a series of panel discussion/ slide presentations by artists in the community produced by the Contemporary Arts Center.

Irina Costache was the co-organizer with Carol Leake of the undergraduate student symposium, "Icons and Images in Contemporary Culture," held at the Contemporary Arts Center in March. Costache presented a paper titled, "The World Art Survey: Theoretical Approaches and Practical Applications," at the FATE (Foundation in Art: Theory and Education) National Conference in Richmond, Va., in March. In April, she gave a lecture titled "Contemporary Art: Global Issues, Regional Responses" as part of the Visiting Lecturer Series of the art department of the University of California at Los Angeles. Costache presented "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...The Meaning of Portraiture," a series of three lectures. She gave a lecture titled "The Master and HER Masterpiece" in March. She presented "Modern Art, Modern Masters, Modern Representation" in April and in May she will present "Contemporary Art, Contemporary Masters, Contemporary Representation." All lectures were given at the New Orleans Museum of Art and both the April and May series are on the museum collection.

Alan Gerson, part-time assistant professor of foundations, was a panelist on ART SPEAK in March with photographer Josephine Sacabo and Loyola alumna sculptor/ potter Evelyn Jordan. He produced the exhibition "Prints of Darkness," a series of etchings of murderers in a one time event presented by LeMieux Galleries in conjunction with Jesse Poimboeuf's installation "Why Me?" in March.

Part-time Assistant Professor Jan Gilbert is commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Center to do a limited edition silk screened print for the Century Club titled "Biography of a Ballplayer."

Department chair Mark Grote was a guest lecturer at the Department of Art at LSU in Baton Rouge in February. In March, he juried an art exhibition at Ronald McDonald House, and in January his work was featured in an exhibition at the Living Room Gallery in Los Angeles.

-Submitted by Carol Leake, Associate Professor of Visual Arts