Meadows Museum announces fall 2021 exhibit schedule
SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary’s Meadows Museum of Art is welcoming visitors back to the museum this fall with four new exhibits showcasing a diverse set of artists and genres. All exhibits open Wednesday, September 1, with two closing in October and two running through December 4.
"After an extended period of only being open to the Centenary campus community, I am so excited to be reopening the doors of the Meadows Museum to the general public,” said Alissa Klaus, director of the Meadows Museum. “This fall's exhibition schedule is bringing a wide variety of artistic styles and exhibition topics into the Meadows. One feature to be sure and check out at the museum is the new Project Space Gallery, a small gallery that will showcase local artists and our own Centenary BFA students and rotate monthly."
Shreveport native Douglas Degges, an artist and educator currently based in Connecticut, is exhibiting works from his ongoing project, a squirrel from memory. The project showcases Louisiana landscapes, fish, small game, rodents, and pests by juxtaposing realistic graphite drawings with abstract paintings in acrylic. Beginning with digitally prepared photographic images, Degges creates a time-intensive drawing of the subject’s form and then reproduces a fast-paced painting of the subject from memory. Featured in the Meadows from September 1 through October 30, a squirrel from memory invites viewers to consider the relationship between these divergent image-making processes. More information about Degges and his art is at douglasdegges.com.
Ohio photographer Tracy Longley-Cook’s exhibition, Eating the Same Stone, is an exploration of symbolic observances related to bereavement, usually by isolated and anonymous figures. The images are inspired by various cultural and religious mourning practices along with personal reflections on loss, memory, and the passage of time. The audience is asked to reflect and react to personal and communal loss in an effort to find solace, but the exhibition is rooted in an understanding of the reality that contemporary societies, particularly within western cultures, struggle with how to negotiate and process grief. Eating the Same Stone opens at the Meadows on September 1 and runs through December 4. Examples of Longley-Cook’s photography are available on Instagram at instagram.com/tlongleycook.
Silent Resonance, by Shreveport artist Eric Hess, presents sculptures and installations that embed complex emotional ideas into sometimes deceptively simple presentations. Working with glass, cement ice, steel, ready-made objects, and video, Hess creates work that illuminates his emotional and intellectual responses to encounters with what he describes as “the touchstones of life,” including abuse, death, and greed. His art expresses his ability to either seize or relinquish control during these encounters, and the interplay of light and shadow is meant to elicit an emotional response from the viewer. More information about Hess’s art and process is at erichesssculpture.com. Silent Resonance runs concurrently with Longley-Cook’s Eating the Same Stone, from September 1 through December 4.
The Meadows’ new Project Gallery Space, a gallery showcasing short-term exhibits by local artists, will launch on September 1 with a look at Shreveport photographer Shannon Palmer’s ongoing project, Queering the Southern States. Taken in the private spaces of her subjects’ homes, Palmer’s photographs explore the effects of place on those in the queer community and capture the vulnerability and intimacy of being queer in the Deep South. As many Southern states pass laws that allow businesses and doctors to turn away those who identify as queer, this ongoing photographic project attempts to capture the humanity of individuals who are marginalized by these laws. Visitors can see Palmer’s photographs in the Project Gallery Space through October 2 or online at shannonpalmerart.com.
Visitors must be vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19 to enter indoor campus spaces. Visitors to the Museum will be expected to present verification of vaccination or of recent recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days. All Meadows visitors age three and up are also required to properly wear a disposable or cloth face mask for the entirety of their visit, regardless of vaccination status.
More information about COVID-19 protocols, exhibits, and upcoming events is available at themeadowsmuseum.com.
About the Meadows Museum of Art
The Meadows Museum of Art is located on the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana at 2911 Centenary Boulevard in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Sundays and College holidays. For more information or to schedule field trips, call the Museum at 318.869.5040 or visit themeadowsmuseum.com.