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

November 6, 2016-April 12, 2017

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, neuroscience, and psychology students will partner with art, communication, and design students to teach the public about the role of color in both perception and art, while showcasing Despujols' beautiful, bold paintings.

Free lectures Thursday, February 2, 6-7 pm:

  • Dr. Jessica Alexander, from the Psychology Department, presents “Colorful Words: How Language Can Shape Perception.”
  • Prof. Jessica Hawkins, MFA, from the Department of Art & Visual Culture, presents "The Art of Seeing: On Josef Albers and Contextual Color."


A Pilgrim's Sketchbook: Lee Baxter DaviS

February 11-April 29, 2017

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. (Image at right: Lee Baxter Davis, Kidnapped Birds, 30" x 22", 2014.)

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 23, 2017

Conceived 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, Mark Burt, JooYoung Choi, Thomas Clark, Georganne Deen, Steve Fuqua, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Ric Heitzman, Lawrence Lee, Greg Metz, Jeffrey Miranda, Robyn O'Neil, Gary Panter, Leslie Pippen, Christian Schumann, Katherine Taylor, and Joachim West. (Image at right: Georganne Deen, World w/o End, oil on muslin, 24" x 18", 2012.)

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



Tuesday, March 21, 6:30-7:30 pm

Master photographer and Centenary alumnus Luke Edmonson (class of 1997) will offer inspirational advice for art students to professional photographers alike. He explains, "I'm an artist cleverly disguised as an entrepreneur who believes in pursuing excellence. I've had my share of successes and failures and I'd love to encourage your dreams." He will provide heartfelt tips and stories about becoming successful in the art world while sharing his mesmerizing, award-winning photography.

Edmonson was named International Photographer of the Year from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and PPA Diamond Photographer of the Year, and has received Kodak Gallery & Fuji Masterpiece Awards. He won a Fellowship from the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP). In the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Honors of Excellence program, Edmonson is currently a Double Master. He is a Co-Founder and graduate of WPPI-C, the industry's first of its kind certification for wedding & portrait photographers. He is a two-time President of the Dallas Professional Photographer Association and currently sits on the board of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. See his beautiful work here:


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. (Image at right: 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. (Image at right: 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." (Image at right: William Scarlato, The Couple, intaglio.)


A Glimpse of Shreveport from 1918

February-April 2018

"Shreveport's progressiveness can be seen at a glance" according to this 100-year-old Chamber of Commerce album from the private collection of Shreveport educator 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. (Images at right: Collection of Edward Chopin.)