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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

Opens August 20, 2016

Skebal

Artists' Reception: Saturday, September 10 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.

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

November 2016-January 2017

Owls
(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.

Associated Events:

-Gallery Talk by Dr. Puryear: tba

-Poetry Competition

-Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 pm: Poetry Reading by Jericho Brown and music by A.J. Haynes
Jericho Brown A.J. Haynes
(Jericho Brown © Stephanie Mitchell)

Nine Birds by Don Brown

November 2016-January 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.

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

Fall 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 http://www.critical-art.net/.

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.

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

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

album

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.