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Exhibition and Program Guide

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Exhibitions for Academic Year 2015-2016

View past exhibitions here.

Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibition

February 12-April 16, 2016

Awkward Family Photos

Opening reception: February 13, 5-7 pm

Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, creators of the viral site Awkward Family Photos, will bring their exhibit to Centenary on their national museum tour. The campus will be encouraged to add their own awkward family photos to our gallery walls. All photos courtesy of Awkward Family Photos. AFP Exhibition © 2014 Awkward Family, LLC. All rights reserved. See more info here.

April 1, 2016, 5:30-7 pm: Awkward Poetry Reading
Bring your awkward (or exceptionally skilled) family poems to complement or counterbalance the Awkward Family Photos Exhibit. Special guest Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith will be headlining the event with selections from his recent book, The Land Baron's Sun: The Story of Lý Loc and His Seven Wives. Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith was born in Vietnam. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Ruston, LA, where he teaches literature, composition, and creative writing at Louisiana Tech University. Wine and snacks provided.

Cutting Down the Tree of Life:
Haitian Art from the Permanent Collection, with "Wasteland: Charcoal in Haiti" by Jonathan Auch

February 13-April 30, 2016

Cutting Down the Tree of Life

Opening reception: February 13, 5-7 pm

This two-part exhibit, conceived by Emily Fultz (class of 2014), contrasts our Haitian “Tree of Life” paintings from the 1970s and 1980s with contemporary photographs of the country’s deforestation for charcoal fuel production, captured by New York City photojournalist Jonathan Auch. Auch will be on campus to work with students. His residency and exhibition are generously underwritten by the Attaway Professorships in Civic Culture Program.

Free events:

Portrait workshop
Gallery talk

Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere by Richard Sexton
(Mundo criollo: Fotografías de Nueva Orleans y la Esfera Caribe Latina de Richard Sexton)

February 13-April 23, 2016. This exhibition is presented in English and Spanish.
(13 de febrero a 23 de abril de 2016. Esta exposición se presenta en Inglés y Español.)

Creole World

Opening reception with artist's talk and book signing: February 13, 5-7 pm
(La recepción comenzará con la charla y firma de libros del artista: 13 de febrero de 5-7 de la tarde)

Shotgun houses . . . vibrant street scenes . . . grand villas and mansions . . . colorful facades—they’re all part of a historically rich, interconnected Creole world. Photographer Richard Sexton has been intrigued by this Creole world since he first traveled to Central and South America as a young man. For him, the architectural and urban similarities among Creole cities compose a visual theme supported by endless variations both grand and humble, old and new, carefully curated and wonderfully slapdash. With more than two hundred stunning full-color photographs of Cuba, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, and Haiti, as well as New Orleans, Sexton gives readers a taste of everything the Creole world has to offer. This exhibition is organized by the Historic New Orleans Collection. See an interview with author and photographer Sexton here.

(Casas de escopeta . . . escenas de la calle vibrantes . . . grandes villas y mansiones . . . fachadas coloridas—son todas parte de un rico mundo criollo históricamente interconectado. El fotógrafo Richard Sexton ha sido intrigado por este mundo desde que él viajó de joven a Centro y Sud América. Para él, las similitudes arquitectónicas y urbanísticas entre las ciudades criollas han creado un tema visual realizado cuidadosa y maravillosamente con el apoyo de innumerables variaciones tanto grandes como humildes, antiguas como nuevas. Con más de doscientas impresionantes fotografías a todo color de Cuba, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Haití, y también Nueva Orleans, Sexton les da a los admiradores una idea de todo lo que el mundo criollo tiene para ofrecer. Esta exposición está organizada por la Colección Histórica de Nueva Orleans. Vea una entrevista con el autor y fotógrafo Sexton aquí.)

Free lecture:

March 2, 2016, 6:30 pm: "The Good (Social) Life in Lesser Developed Countries" by Dr. Loren Demerath, Professor of Sociology.
Loren Demerath

While visiting family in Ecuador this summer, Dr. Demerath, presented the results of his study that compares the cultures of Ecuador and the United States at the preeminent new university, Yachay Technical Institute. Using interviews with Ecuadorians and Americans who have lived in both countries, Dr. Demerath has documented an inverse relationship between the quality of social life and institutionalization. His more recent work has accounted for the pattern through a theory of complexity and the emergence of structure across physical, biological, psychological and sociological phenomena.

Exhibitions for Academic Year 2016-2017

Centenary in Paris: A Monumental Experience

Opens August 20, 2016

Celebrate with Centenary's class of 2020 the sites and sounds of Paris.

The Court of King Skebal by Steve Zihlavsky and Michael Futreal

Fall 2016


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

The Louisiana Triennial

Fall 2016

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

Louisiana artists will compete to participate in this juried exhibit. This competition is designed to provide visibility for artists working and residing within the state. This is the 4th Triennial exhibition the Meadows has hosted; until now, all have been limited to North Louisiana residents. Selected artists will be invited to have a future solo show, meet with classes and the public, and give gallery talks during the exhibition.

Associated Events: Louisiana Poetry Competition

Thursday, November 3, time tba: Poetry Reading by Jericho Brown

The Colors of Jean Despujols

Fall 2016

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.

Acceptable Losses by the Critical Art Ensemble

Spring 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:

Date tba: Gallery talk by Steve Kurtz

Lee Baxter Davis: A Retrospective

Spring 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.

Free lecture:

Date tba: Gallery talk by Lee Baxter Davis

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

Spring 2017

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.

Exhibitions for Academic Year 2017-2018 and beyond

Portraits of 'The Others' by Nathan Madrid

Fall 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

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

November 2017-January 2018

(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.

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.