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Exhibitions for Academic Year 2016-2017

Centenary in Paris: A Monumental Experience

August 20-October 1, 2016

Bruce Allen, Pantheon, Paris, digital drawing, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 20, 3-5 pm

What is it like to begin college at Centenary? This exhibition answers that question. Since 2014, Centenary’s first-year students have begun their college coursework in Paris, France, studying a variety of intensive academic subjects. Featuring monumental murals designed by Professor Bruce Allen and work by Centenary students, this exhibition celebrates the Class of 2020, Centenary’s innovative, immersive curriculum, and the faculty and staff who produce a college classroom like no other.

The Court of King Skebal by Steve Zihlavsky and Michael Futreal

August 20-October 5, 2016


Artists' Reception:
Saturday, September 10, 5:30-7 pm with live music from Twang Darkly

Steve Zihlavsky's otherworldly sculptures and paintings reign in a strange symbiosis with animated imagery and soundscape created by Twang Darkly's Michael Futreal.

Election Humours: Prints by William Hogarth

August 20-October 22, 2016

The Politician

To celebrate our nation's upcoming presidential election, the Meadows hosts an exhibit of five politically-themed art works from our permanent collection by Hogarth (1697-1764), the father of modern political cartooning. Included is his print "The Politician" (above) and his four-part series Humours of an Election, satirizing a corrupt British election of 1754.

Free lecture: Wed., October 12, 6-7 pm: "Are They Still Hitting the Spot? An Historical Glance at the Use and Effectiveness of Political Ads in Presidential Campaigns"

Dr. Leeper Centenary's new Political Science professor, Dr. Mark Leeper, will discuss the origins and use of television advertising by presidential candidates, from Eisenhower to current candidates Clinton and Trump.

Birds of the Enlightenment: Predecessors and Rivals of J.J. Audubon

October 16, 2016-January 31, 2017

(Engraver Robert Bénard, c. 1788; Collection of Dr. Puryear)

Curated by Dr. Thomas Puryear

Despite his great fame, John James Audubon was not the first to produce crisp and accurate images of birds for sale to an increasingly curious public. His monumental work was indebted to earlier artist-scientists, starting with late Italian Renaissance pioneers in ornithology to his own Victorian contemporaries. These less well-known artists, the main subject of this exhibition, were fueled by curiosity and incredible voyages of discovery. They documented and classified nature accurately, contributing to advances in both science and art.

Guest Curator Tom Puryear has assembled a collection of over 90 woodcuts, hand-colored engravings, and lithographs from both sides of the Atlantic to reveal the many illustrated publications that preceded and then competed for attention with Audubon’s efforts.

Free Events:

Saturday, October 29, 5-7 pm: Reception, with a gallery talk by Dr. Puryear at 5:30 pm

Tuesday, January 10, 6:30-7:30 pm: Nodie Williams, Vice President of Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Louisiana (WERLA) and Certified Interpretive Guide will teach visitors about how and how not to rescue birds.

Nine Birds by Don Brown

October 16, 2016-January 31, 2017

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
(Ivory-Billed Woodpecker by Don Brown, 1943)

In conjunction with Dr. Puryear's "Birds of the Enlightenment" exhibition, the Meadows Museum will exhibit nine watercolors by Don Brown (1899-1958) from the Meadows' Permanent Collection, created for Centenary's Biology Department when Brown was the Chair of the Art Department.

Free lecture:

Thursday, November 17, 7 pm: Dr. Victoria Cummins, Professor of History at Austin College, shares her extensive research on Don Brown in a talk entitled "From the Lost Generation to the Liberal Arts: Don Brown's Journey to Centenary."

Acceptable Losses by the Critical Art Ensemble

October 24, 2016-January 22, 2017

The Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of five tactical media practitioners of various specializations including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance.

Formed in 1987, CAE's focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. The group has exhibited and performed at diverse venues internationally, ranging from the street, to the museum, to the internet. Museum exhibitions include the Whitney Museum and the New Museum in NYC; the Corcoran Museum in Washington D.C.; the ICA, London; the MCA, Chicago; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and the London Museum of Natural History. See

Free lecture:

Friday, November 11 at 7 pm: Gallery talk by Steve Kurtz

A Night of Verses: Poetry Reading by Jericho Brown

November 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Jericho Brown
(Jericho Brown © Stephanie Mitchell)

A Shreveport native, Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor in English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta.

Shades of Despujols: The Art and Science of Color in the Work of Jean Despujols

November 5, 2016-February 4, 2017

Despujols paintings

This exhibition highlights work from the Meadows' own Indochina Collection of Jean Despujols. As an academically trained French painter, Despujols received rigorous, formal training in the use of color. Centenary biology and psychology students will partner with design students to teach the public about the role of color in both perception and art, while showcasing Despujols' beautiful, bold paintings.

Free lectures (dates tba):

-Dr. Jessica Alexander, from the Psychology Department, on the brain's perception of color.

-Prof. Jessica Hawkins, MFA, from the Department of Art & Visual Culture, on color in art and design.

Lightningstruck: A Reading & Book Signing with Ashley Mace Havird

December 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Ashley Mace Havird
Join us as Shreveport author Ashley Mace Havird stops by the Meadows during her national book tour with her new novel Lightningstruck, winner of the Ferrol Sams Award. She is a recipient of a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and has published three collections of poems, The Garden of the Fugitives, which won the X. J. Kennedy Prize, Sleeping with Animals, and Dirt Eaters, which won the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Prize. Her poems and short stories have appeared in many journals including Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and in anthologies such as The Southern Poetry Anthology, IV: Louisiana and Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry. Books will be available to purchase.

The Novel
"When 11-year-old Etta McDaniel’s horse is struck by lightning, he not only survives but—along with Etta's shell-shocked grandfather, the family's African American housekeeper, and the widow of a Mohawk chief—initiates her into the world of 'action and liability' as the Civil Rights Movement takes hold in Etta's rural South."

A Pilgrim's Sketchbook: The Lee Baxter Davis Retrospective

February 11-April 29, 2017

Kidnapped Birds
Lee Baxter Davis, Kidnapped Birds, 30" x 22", 2014

Texas native Lee Baxter Davis cannot remember when he first started making pictures. When he was three, his grandfather showed him how to draw chickens. This opened the door to the possibility of art and the "picture show" of the mind—the making of such was and is his avocation.

Mr. Davis's prints and drawings have been exhibited throughout the nation including CUE in NYC. They are included in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Houston's Contemporary Museum of Art, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Art in Little Rock, and the Haas Private Museum and Gallery in Munich, Germany. His work has been reviewed in Nat. Brut and Art Lies, and on "Hungry Hyena" and "Art Cal." In 2009, Mr. Davis was one of four artists representing the four major geographical areas of Texas in Austin's Texas Biennial.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 11, 2017, 5-7 pm, with gallery talk by Lee Baxter Davis at 5:30 pm

Picture Show of the Mind: A Tribute to the Teachings of Lee Baxter Davis

February 11-April 21, 2017

World w/o End
Georganne Deen, World w/o End, oil on muslin, 24" x 18", 2012

Curated by Mark Burt

A legend in the classroom, Lee Baxter Davis taught fine art graphics at East Texas State University (now Texas A & M Commerce) for over thirty years and was chairman of printmaking. His talents and teachings inspired generations of artists throughout the U.S. This group show is the companion to his retrospective and features art by Mr. Davis's former students, from the original "Lizard Cult" artists of the 1970s through students he inspired until his retirement in 2004. Mr. Davis's artistic progeny have since inspired others; works by artists taught by Mr. Davis's students reveal his indelible impact and will also be exhibited. Participating artists include Steven Barker, JooYoung Choi, Tom Clark, Georganne Deen, Kayla E., Steve Fuqua, Trent Hancock, Ric Heitzman, Lawrence Lee, Greg Metz, Jeffrey Miranda, Robyn O'Neil, Leslie Pippen, Christian Schumann, Linda Stokes, Katherine Taylor, and Joachim West.

Artists' Reception: Saturday, February 11, 2017, 5-7 pm

Exhibitions for Academic Year 2017-2018 and beyond

Unraveled by Jim Arendt

August-October, 2017

South Carolina artist Jim Arendt explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place. Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapes he grew up in, he investigates how transitions in economic structures affect individual lives. The body of work in the exhibition is made from reclaimed denim—often donated by those depicted—to bring a stronger bond to Arendt's content and the people portrayed. Arendt explains his work by saying, "Art making is a way for me to explore how we relate to work. I've paid witness to the demise of opportunities to engage in meaningful work and seen cities ravaged by the absence of industry. As the landscape of work and labor continues to shift around us, I use art making as a way to investigate how the division of labor and alienation from work has impacted individual lives."

Recently, Arendt was shortlisted for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship. His work was awarded the $50,000 top prize at ArtFields and was included in Fiberarts International 2013 & 2016 and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands.

\'\'Totemic Figures\'\'
Jim Arendt, Totemic Figures, 2014

Portraits of 'The Others' by Nathan Madrid

August-October, 2017

In this series, artist Nathan Madrid investigates our culture’s perception of “the other" and "otherness,” ingroups and outgroups, to expose how prescribed labels determine society’s behavior toward a social group because of race, gender, sex, class, and religion. Through his paintings, viewers are actively challenged to situate themselves in relation to those depicted, to embrace the diversity of others or marginalize them.

Nathan Madrid, Kristen (Female African American), 36x36 in., Oil on Mylar, 2016

William Scarlato: A Retrospective

November 2017-January 2018

Shreveport native, Illinois artist, and college educator Bill Scarlato graduated from Jesuit High School (now Loyola Prep) in 1969, earned his BFA in painting from Northern Arizona University, and an MFA in printmaking from Yale University. This retrospective in the place of his roots reveals his diverse interests, mediums, and influences. From painter to printmaker, landscapes to abstraction, Scarlato explains, "Being a Shreveporter is at the very root of my romantic nature. Living and teaching in the south of England, the countryside turned me into a romantic type. I was looking at painters like Constable, Turner, John Sell Cotman, and Richard Parkes Bonington. When I returned to the States it felt like I acquired a new pair of eyes: I saw the commonplace as not so common. The prints are a fuller representation of my conceptual self, which also shows up in my paintings. I allow for this open-endedness because that's my natural turn of mind; it is also because I teach abstraction to my students. Abstraction can be taught as clearly as the mimetic tradition of realism."

\'\'The Couple\'\'
William Scarlato, The Couple, intaglio

The First Louisiana Triennial

Fall 2017

The Triennial

Juror: Arthur Roger of the Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans

Louisiana artists compete to participate in this juried exhibit. This competition is designed to provide visibility for artists working and residing within the state. Selected artists will be invited to have a future solo show, meet with classes and the public, and give gallery talks during the exhibition.

A Glimpse of Shreveport from 1918

February-April 2018


iron works
(Collection of Prof. Chopin)

"Shreveport's progressiveness can be seen at a glance" according to this 100-year-old Chamber of Commerce album from the private collection of BPCC Professor Edward Chopin. This exhibition, created with the Shreveport Historic Preservation Society, will feature a selection from its more than 300 anonymous, stunning gelatin silver photographs showcasing Shreveport's businesses and labor force in 1918.