Exhibitions for Academic Year 2017-2018 and beyond

Unraveled by Jim Arendt

August 26-October 22, 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

September 5-November 22, 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

October 28, 2017-January 14, 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, utilizing subjects as varied as landscape, still life, figure painting, and abstraction, Scarlato explains, "Growing up in Shreveport is at the very root of my artistic nature, which I would describe as primarily romantic. Living and teaching in the south of England also had a strong impact on my artistic nature: observing the countryside, with its time-honored harmony of architecture to nature, further clarified my need to 'see with the eyes of my heart.' 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 had acquired a new pair of eyes: I saw the commonplace as not so common. The prints and abstract drawings are a fuller representation of my conceptual self, which also shows up in my paintings. I allow for this open-endedness because it's my natural turn of mind; it is also because I teach abstraction to my students. Abstraction can be taught as effectively as the mimetic tradition of realism." (Image at right: William Scarlato, The Couple, intaglio.)



January 8-March 23, 2018

German-born Dutch photographer Annemie Wolff took formal portraits of Amsterdam's Jews at a time of great danger both for her and for her subjects during the German occupation of The Netherlands. Some of these photos were taken for false papers to aid these individuals in their escape. Other images were taken as mementos for friends, relatives in camps or of remembrances of children when parents went into hiding. These previously lost works help illuminate an untold story of Jewish life in Amsterdam during the Holocaust.

This exhibition is supported by the Van Thyn lecture series, which honors Rose and Louis Van Thyn, Holocaust survivors who dedicated themselves to retelling their stories so that people would not forget or repeat those horrors. For her extraordinary community service, Mrs. Van Thyn was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Centenary's 2002 commencement exercises.

Friends of the Van Thyns established the Rose and Louis Van Thyn Board of Regents Endowed Lectureship in November 2009. The Van Thyn Lectureship provides educational opportunities for the students of the College and members of the surrounding community, with a goal of teaching about the history of the Holocaust, and how to recognize signs of intolerance and provide a means for preventing prejudice and hatred.

(Photo by Annemie Wolff. Copyright: Monica Kaltenschnee, Haarlem, Holland.)

Lost Stories, Found Images: Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam by Annemie Wolff is a project of, an original exhibit created by, and is on loan from the Wolff Foundation, Amsterdam in partnership with the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation.


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.)