(March 5, 2014)

Centenary welcomes Attaway Scholar and Curator Dr. Nenette Luarca-Shoaf

SHREVEPORT, LA — Dr. Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, a Philadelphia-based art historian, will visit Centenary's campus as an Attaway Scholar March 13-14. Luarca-Shoaf will present a convocation discussing her upcoming exhibition on artist George Caleb Bingham for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She will also share her experience navigating museums, collections, and art historical scholarship during the talk.

Nenette Shoaf

  • What: "The Anatomy of an Exhibition: The Making of ‘George Caleb Bingham and the River'"

  • When: March 13, 7-8:00 p.m.

  • Where: Meadows Museum of Art

  • Admission: Free and open to the public.

Bingham represented men at work and play along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers at a time when the shape of the nation was changing dramatically. The exhibition, "Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River," which will open in Fort Worth this fall, reveals how the painter harnessed the vital, and sometimes unpredictable, character of the western rivers – the subject of much political, economic, and cultural debate at the time – to create his art and artistic persona.

Luarca-Shoaf is currently a Lecturer for Ursinus College. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Delaware and an M.A. in humanities from the University of Chicago. The Smithsonian, Terra Foundation for American Art, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, where Luarca-Shoaf was a 2012 fellow, have all supported her research. Her experience includes work for the education departments of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art.

Beyond her convocation, Luarca-Shoaf will work closely with Centenary’s Art History and Museum Management students, currently engaged in curating an exhibit from the Meadows' collection, as well as Religious Studies students examining African American religions.

Funded by and named for Douglas and Marion Attaway, the Attaway Professorships in Civic Culture, Attaway Fellows, and Attaway Scholars designations are awarded to intellectuals who have made notable contributions to the public discussion. Any student, faculty or staff member may propose Attaway Fellows or Scholars to the Convocation Committee, who in turn make recommendations to the Provost.

The Meadows Museum of Art is located on the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana at 2911Centenary Boulevard in Shreveport, LA. The Museum is open to the general public from noon-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; from noon-5 p.m. on Thursday; and from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed on Mondays. The Museum is free of charge to the general public. For further information, call the Museum at 318.869.5040.

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