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2017+ 18 Annual Report

College of Art + Design

A Letter from the Dean

This year has been one of significant progress and renewal. The College of Art & Design has seen both stability and growth, celebrating many new successes. The LSU Comprehensive & Strategic Campus Master Plan was completed in October 2017, along with the master plan commissioned specifically for the College of Art & Design. The new college master plan fits in to the university’s ambitious strategic plan, which aims to guide future growth for the next twenty years and beyond. Learn more about the master plan: In the fall of 2017 the College of Art & Design welcomed its first slate of scholars to the Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation, the college’s first advanced academic degree program. The DDes program’s inaugural year marked the beginning of a crucial area of study, not only for the state of Louisiana, but as a nationally-valued degree, making LSU one of the few public universities in the country and the only institution among its peers to offer such a high quality degree at an affordable price. View our Quad magazine summer 2018 issue to learn more about our incredible graduate students: In the past academic year, the college has welcomed new directors in the School of Architecture and the School of Interior Design respectively, as well as a director of Graduates Studies responsible for the DDes program. The college welcomed several new faculty members with impeccable credentials, who join forces with existing faculty, staff, and administrators to bring new vitality and expertise to our already rich learning environment.

SCHOOLS School of Architecture School of Art School of Interior Design Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture

ADMINISTRATION Alkis Tsolakis — Dean, College of Art & Design Thanks to the efforts of the development team, the college saw a record-breaking year in fundraising, with a total of $2.26m raised to support our academic programs, facilities, scholarships, faculty development, research, and more. We thank our donors, alumni, and friends, for their generous support of our Art & Design community.

Tom Sofranko — Associate Deam of Academic Services

In the pages ahead, we share some highlights from the year, including the many creative activities of our faculty and some of the accomplishments of our exceptional student body. We look forward to the coming year.

Marsha Cuddeback — Director, School of Interior Design

Lake Douglas — Associate Dean of Research & Development Theresa Mooney — Assistant Dean Elizabeth Duffy — Assistant Dean of Finance & Administration Rod Parker — Director, School of Art Marwan Ghandour — Director, School of Architecture Mark Boyer — Director, Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Michael Desmond — Director, Gradute Studies, Doctor of Design Program

DEGREES Bachelor of Architecture Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Bachelor of Interior Design Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Master of Architecture Master of Art in Art History Master of Fine Arts Master of Landscape Architecture Doctor of Design


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MFA ceramics program ranked #7 in nation by U.S. News & World Report

Alumni in all 50 U.S. states, and at least 25 countries around the world



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NEW DIRECTORS Ruth Z. McCoy Professor Marsha Cuddeback has been named Director of the LSU College of Art & Design’s School of Interior Design. Director Cuddeback holds degrees in interior design, architecture, and design studies (sustainable design) from Ryerson University in Toronto and Boston Architectural College. She is National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certificate holder, licensed architects, LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction, and is accredited by the International Living Future Institute. Cuddeback’s administrative service stretches well beyond her directorial responsibilities at LSU. She has served as the teaching collaborative coordinator and chair of the Academic Integrity Task Force of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), as a member of NCIDQ Champions Task Force, and she currently serves as the director of teaching on the IDEC Board of Directors. She is also a practicing interior designer and architect in the firm Desmond Cuddeback Architects, which was awarded an American Institute of Architects Gulf States Regional Honor Design Excellence citation for the


Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center exhibition building located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her research interests include sustainable design theory and practice; ethics and the natural and built environment; a narrative approach to understanding the creation, selection, and application of materials; and the scholarship of teaching and student-centered learning. Cuddeback’s research support includes grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Louisiana’s Department of Social Services, Department of Transportation and Development, and Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Her creative scholarship explores the relationship of natural and interior terrains. She has conducted

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research and published extensively on the subject of advancing teaching and learning pedagogy and was awarded the LSU Communications across the Curriculum (CxC) Outstanding Faculty Award in 2016. She is also the recipient of the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award from LSU’s University College (2014), the Gulf South Summit Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award (2010), and the LSU Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award (2009).

150th anniversary in 2010; and the book, The Architecture of LSU, published by LSU Press in 2013. Desmond’s chapter, “The Architecture of Louisiana,” is included in The Pelican State, Wayne parent (ed.), published by LSU Press in the fall of 2014. As a practicing architect he was awarded a Gulf States Region Merit Honor Citation for Excellence in Design from the American Institute of Architects for the Bluebonnet Swamp Interpretive Center Education Building. He has an extensive record of taking LSU students on architectural tours of Europe. In 2017 he contributed to the Museum of Modern Art exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive.

Michael Desmond is the Director of Graduate Studies for the new Doctor of Design program. A professor of architecture at LSU, he received a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University, a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a PhD in history, theory, and criticism in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests focus on the role of architecture in society and include American architecture and urban history and cultural mythology and belief systems as frames for evaluation of architectural forms. His doctoral research explored the communityscale work of Frank Lloyd Wright in the context of Emersonian themes in American history and the modernist interest in subject/ object perception. In line with that work, he published several chapters in Frank Lloyd Wright: The Living City, the catalog for the first significant traveling exhibition of Wright’s work in Europe. Desmond received a Campus Heritage Grant from the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles to conduct an inventory and analysis of the historic LSU campus. This effort produced an architectural history highlighting the roles of the Olmsted brothers and Theodore Link; a technical report documenting external building conditions; a large public exhibition that traveled the state throughout the university’s

Former Iowa State University Professor Marwan Ghandour has been named the new Director of the LSU School of Architecture. Ghandour joined the School of Architecture as director and tenured professor. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the American University of Beirut and a Master of Science in Building Design and Architecture from Columbia University. Previous to his appointment at LSU, he was a professor of architecture at Iowa State University, where he directed the Urban Design and Sustainable Environments interdisciplinary graduate programs and taught multidisciplinary theory seminars and integrated urban and architecture design studios. His extensive administrative background includes his appointment as ISU College of Design’s associate dean for academic programs (2010–14), director of graduate education (2007–10), and associate chair for academic practices in architecture (2005–07). Prior to his years at Iowa State, he was a visiting professor of architecture and senior lecturer at the American University of Beirut. In addition to teaching, Ghandour is a partner in the Beirut-based architectural firm Bawader Architects, with a practice in institutional architecture and urban design projects in Lebanon. His research and practice include collaborations with landscape architects, planners, graphic designers, and transportation engineers. He has authored several academic projects, including comparative urban regeneration strategies in the global south (Beirut, Lebanon; Lima, Peru; and Kigali, Rwanda); the expansive space of the modern state and its urban management tools (American Midwest and Latin America); and design at the geo-communal scale where ecology, urbanization, infrastructure, and politics are mutually constituted (Middle East, East Africa, and Latin America).


New Faculty Ludovico Geymonat joined LSU School of Art in spring 2018 as an assistant professor of art history. Geymonat teaches medieval art. His research has developed from doctoral studies on Byzantine and Romanesque wall painting to focus on medieval drawings, monumental programs, and the question of how images and ideas circulated in the Middle Ages. He is currently working on two book projects, focusing on wall paintings in the Baptistery of Parma, Italy, and on monumental decorations and the medieval perception of space, respectively. Before joining the LSU art history faculty, Geymonat was a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame. He has published on 13th- and 14th-century Venetian painting and sculpture, the Baptistery of Parma, and medieval drawings. His teaching covers the history of medieval art and architecture in Europe and the Mediterranean. Geymonat received his BA in art history from the Universitá di Torino in Turin, Italy, and his MA and PhD in art history from Princeton University.

Brendan Harmon joined an assistant professor of landscape architecture at LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture in fall 2017. He received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a Master of Philosophy in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Design from North Carolina State University. Brendan’s research aims to ground design in spatial science by seamlessly integrating geospatial modeling into the creative design process through technologies such as tangible interaction, digital fabrication, and virtual reality. He co-designed Tangible Landscape, a tangible interface for geospatial modeling. His publications include a book, book chapters, and papers on tangible interaction, geospatial modeling, and digital

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design. He has given conference talks, workshops, and demos at venues such as ACM’s Tangible Embodied Interaction conference, the Royal Geographical Society, and the World Bank.

William Ma joined LSU School of Art in fall 2017 as an assistant professor of art history. Ma is a Chinese art historian who specializes in the artistic exchanges between China and the world during the late-imperial and modern periods. His research interest includes material culture, workshop practices, aesthetic pedagogy, Jesuit missionary art in late imperial China, and the relationship between export art and the imperial court during the High Qing. Ma received a BA (2006) and PhD (2016) from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to teaching at his alma mater, he has taught courses in Asian art history at the University of San Francisco. During the academic year of 2016–17, he was a visiting professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. A former Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Peabody Essex Museum, Ma has worked at the Las Vegas Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum.

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Faculty & Staff Anniversaries

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Courtney Barr

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Faculty Activity Beyond teaching, instructing, and advising students and fulfilling administrative and university responsibilities, the 56 full-time faculty members of the College of Art & Design participated in a variety of research projects and creative initiatives. These figures are based on faculty activity reports for the 2017 calendar year.



Publications Books, Journals, Essays, Case Studies, Exhibition Catalogs, Newspaper Articles, Conference Proceedings



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IN NEWLY FUNDED RESEARCH Professor Jeff Carney, with the Coastal Sustainability Studio, was awarded $2,936,000 in research funds from The National Academies of Sciences for the project “Inland from the Coast: A Multi-Scalar Approach to Regional Climate Change Responses.�

Faculty Highlights Jeremiah Ariaz, Associate Professor of photography, won the Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography, awarded by the Louisiana Endowment for Humanities in May 2018, for his project Louisiana Trail Riders. He is also a 2018 Southern Prize Finalist, one of nine artists from the South to receive the fellowship award for his work advancing Southern vitality through the arts. Professor Lynne Baggett won an American Advertising Award (ADDY) silver professional award in infographics for the Letterform Anatomy poster for her exhibition Letterform Characters: From Stone Carver to Type Designer, a collaboration of LSU Libraries Special Collections. The exhibition was on display in Hill Memorial Library through February 2018, presenting a challenging assessment of the relationship between influential crosscurrents of craft, technology, and design over the course of nearly five centuries.

School of Interior Design Director Marsha Cuddeback received the IDEC Presidential Award at the Interior Design Educators Council in Boston in March 2018, recognizing her notable contributions as an interior design educator. Previously she has been the recipient of the LSU Communications across the Curriculum (CxC) Outstanding Faculty Award, the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award, and the LSU Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award. She was appointed a Guest Professor in the Hunan Normal University Fine Arts Academy in Changsha, China in June 2018. Instructor John hn Campbell was inducted into the American Society of Interior Designers Council of Fellows for his work within the organization promoting professionalism and licensure of interior designers in Louisiana, for his efforts on ASID chapter and national boards, and for passing the torch, through teaching, to countless young designers.

Letterform Anatomy Poster by Lynne Baggett.


FACULTY HIGHLIG The LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, with Associate Professor

Jeff Carney, was awarded $2,936,000 in research funds by the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) for the project “Inland from the Coast: A Multi-Scalar Approach to Regional Climate Change Responses.” The research seeks to improve understanding of inland-coastal environmental conditions and vulnerabilities, determine indicators of community health and wellbeing, and develop design and planning best practices for reducing risk and increasing adaptive capacity. Associate Professor Richard Doubleday was named a Fulbright senior scholar for 2017-2018 by the Institute of International Education, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, Council for International Exchange of Scholars. The fellowship funded his research on contemporary Chinese graphic design at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, the Academy of Arts & Design and the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. 

Lake Douglas, Associate Professor and Dean of Research and Development, coauthored the book Buildings of New Orleans (University of Virginia Press 2018), a detailed guidebook to the architecture and landscapes of the city of New Orleans. Assistant Professor William Ma won the Site and Space in Southeast Asia research award, a two-year funded research opportunity to explore the art, architecture, and landscape of Southeast Asia. A Chinese art historian, he will extend his field of research into Vietnam. With major funding from the Getty Foundation, Site and Space in Southeast Asia brings together scholars from across the globe.


Ursula Emery McClure, A. Hays Town Professor, was named on ArchDaily’s list of 13 leading female architects, the only architect in the United States to make the list. The article “Celebrating A Generation of Women Leaders in Architectural Practices Around the World,” published April 2018, recognizes innovative female architects across the globe. emerymcclure architecture won the Grand American Residential Design Award in the Custom Home category from the American Institute of Building Design in August 2017. Angeliki Sioli, assistant professor of architecture, was coeditor of the book Reading Architecture; literary imagination and architectural experience, a collection of essays on architecture and literature published by Routledge in 2018. The volume is comprised of 18 compiled compelling essays on the interconnections between architecture and literature. Sioli authored the article “Discovering ‘Paris and its Folds, Paris and its Faces’,” part of the collection. An international body of academics, architects and theoreticians develop a dialogue that relates fiction to research, teaching and current architectural practices. Art history Professor Darius Spieth authored the book Revolutionary Paris and the Market for Netherlandish Art;  Studies in the History of Collecting & Art Markets Volume 3 (Brill 2017). He presented his research, on 18th-century art merchant Jean-Baptiste Pierre Lebrun, at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France in May 2018. He also spoke at the Kestner Museum in Hanover, Germany in June 2018.


Faculty Giving Back Darius Spieth presents his research at the Louvre Museum in May 2018.

Landscape architecture professor Max Conrad gave a planned gift to support landscape architecture graduate assistantships, endowing the Robert S. Reich Memorial Graduate Assistantship Fund for the future. Students who want to be graduate students typically need financial support, Professor Conrad explained. “In most fields of study such as those in the sciences, they have the good fortune to be funded from large research grants. The arts are not so well endowed, and thus we have limited funds for assistantships to offer our grad students who apply for admission. We don’t want to lose great applicants to other schools that can offer assistantships.”

Kristine Thompson, Assistant Professor of photography, had her work featured in recent exhibitions across the U.S., including in California and New Orleans. Her series “Images Seen to Images Felt” was featured in the exhibition “Addressing Power” in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June 2018. Her work was featured in the noteworthy photography exhibition "Continuum" in Chicago. She was selected for the Louisiana Biennial and awarded Best of Show. Thompson was selected to be part of the Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition at Texas Woman’s University, where she received a solo exhibition prize. She also collaborated on a project with Assistant Professor Johanna

The Memorial Graduate Assistantship Fund will help the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture to recruit top-notch graduate students. “Of course, we honor Doc Reich, who made the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture possible. It’s a great way to remember him. Where might we be now if it were not for Doc?”

Warwick: their exhibition "We Live in the Gaps Between the Stories" was on view at Frontier Space in Missoula, MT and at Artspace in Richmond, VA.



Carrie Mae Weems Nadine Carter Russell Chair & Reilly Visiting Artist Influential contemporary American artist Carrie Mae Weems has, for the past 30 years, investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems and the consequences of power. As the LSU School of Art’s 2017-18 Nadine Carter Russell Chair and Reilly Visiting Artist, Weems is broadening these dialogues and engaging the LSU community.

of their visibilities in the larger community, outside of LSU, through hosting this internationally known artist, Carrie Mae Weems. She is a pioneer,” said Winifred Reilly, who established the Reilly Visiting Artist Fund with her husband, Kevin. “We want everyone to feel that they can come to LSU, have their voice heard and be included in dynamic conversations about social issues.”

Weems has pushed contemporary discourse through her complex body of work, which incorporates photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation and video. She has participated in numerous exhibitions at major national and international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Tate Modern in London, and she is represented in collections around the world. As the Nadine Carter Russell Chair in art, Weems worked with art students throughout the 2018 spring semester and gave public lectures. Weems helped students to hone their photography skills and to develop a project likened to a time capsule that will capture aspects of LSU, Louisiana, national politics, the environment, and global issues in 2018. The LSU Museum of Art’s annual collaborative exhibition with the LSU School of Art featured Weems’ recent photographic and video series, “The Usual Suspects,” on display until Oct. 14, 2018. Selected works have also been included in the museum’s permanent collection. “The LSU Museum of Art and the LSU School of Art will raise both Carrie Mae Weems, Photos by Dason Pettit


LSU Museum of Art The LSU College of Art & Design and the LSU Museum of Art collaborated on a variety of projects this year, continuing the partnership between the university’s flagship art museum and the School of Art. Artist Carrie Mae Weems worked with students in the School of Art photography classes in the spring of 2018. The LSU Museum of Art displayed Weems' work in the 2018 exhibition, and students and faculty joined her for the museum debut in April 2018. Ms. Weems gave lectures at both the college and the museum, speaking to students, faculty, and community members about using art to instigate social change. Students visited the LSU Museum of Art as part of their arts curriculum in numerous instances throughout the 2017-18 academic year, through events, special workshops, and unique projects. For example, students from Malcolm McClay’s sculpture classes had the opportunity to privately tour the Broken Time exhibition with the artist Martin Payton, so students could study the work and discuss the sculptor’s practice. They learned about welded steel sculpture methods, and made connections with the museum work and their artistic studies, informing their final projects. In art history professor Darius Spieth’s History of Prints class, not only did students have the chance to learn about surrealist prints by 20th-century master printmakers, they were also involved in the curatorial process.


As co-contributors to the curatorial component of the Bonjour | Au Revoir Surréalisme exhibition, students conducted research, wrote didactic texts for the exhibition, delivered public talks, and led guided tours for museum visitors, learning practical skills about museum curating firsthand. “To see the surrealist prints firsthand is a rare opportunity for LSU students and the art community in Louisiana,” Professor Spieth said. “The collaboration with the LSU Museum of Art was exemplary in that students could work directly with the prints and take over some curatorial responsibilities of the exhibition project, which will help them further along their professional paths.” The students had the opportunity to gain valuable learning experiences in a museum setting, said Courtney Taylor, LSU Museum of Art curator. “They did object-based research with the prints on loan from France, wrote interpretive labels for the prints/ portfolio they studied, and acted as docents, giving tours for other students,” Taylor said. “As a student and co-contributor, each of us selected an artist on display and wrote the display description that would go next to the pieces in the exhibition,” student Sarah Eikrem said. “Being able to see the final product on the wall was really amazing!”

LSU Museum of Art Photo by Malarie Zaunbrecher


STUD Architecture students Daniel Berg, Austin Copete,

Nicholas Dubuc, Claire Duncan, Cornisha Lyons, Kaylan Mitchell, Cory Natal, Logan Osborn, Dylan Roth, and Antonio Tejeda received Top 40 Design Entries

BArch Eva Knapp received an LSU Outstanding Thesis Award for her thesis project “Rising Above: Exploring the Use of Deployable Structures for Future Disaster Relief” under advisor assistant professor Kris Palagi.

awards in the fifth Earth Architecture Competition. The winning designs, for the challenge by the Nka Foundation to design a rural arts center in Senegal, emphasize sustainable architecture methods.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) awarded students Donguk Lee and Xiwei Shen the 2017 ASLA Student

BFA 2019 Griffin Gowdy went to Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado in June 2018 to study sculpture in intensive artist workshops led by sculptor Trey Hill. She received the Undergraduate Sculpture Scholarship to support her work. Architecture students Christopher James and J.D. Moore were selected as 2018 LSU University Medalists. In addition to being named an LSU Discover Scholar, Christopher was a member of the Ogden Honors College, a President’s Future Leaders in Research program scholar, and a Communications across the Curriculum Distinguished Communicator. J.D. was the named an academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the first athlete to receive the honor since 2005. He was LSU’s 2018 H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete PostGraduate Scholarship Nominee, and the first LSU football player to graduate with an architecture degree since the 1970s. He signed with the NFL Kansas City Chiefs upon graduation.

DENT ACCOLADES Honor Award for their Disaster Autopsy Model. The project, spurred by the catastrophic flooding of Louisiana in August 2016, researched Baton Rouge’s urban and suburban spaces in the context of the intertwining systems of infrastructure and land development, and explored cultural impacts as the flood waters receded. LSU graphic design students and the Graphic Design Student Office received student awards at the 2018 American Advertising Federation of Baton Rouge awards gala, including Best in Show for integrated brand identity campaign “Kitsch*” designed by BFA 2018 Hayden Nagin. Graphic Design USA named Hayden a 2018 Student to Watch. The Quad magazine fall 2017 issue won gold in publication design.

Kitsch* by Hayden Nagin (BFA 2018) BELOW GDSO students and faculty at the 2018 ADDYs Gala. From Left: Lynne Baggett, Courtney Barr, Hayden Nagin, Luisa Restrepo, Laura Devalcourt

BLA Anjelica Sifuentes won the 2017 Tipton Travel Award to support her travel for her Capstone research project “Redefining Our Borderlands.” The project investigated design concepts for alternative measures of border security between Mexico and the United States, informed by a social, cultural, and historical perspective.

The 2018 Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) Distinguished Communicator Medalists.



Eli Casiano, MFA 2018 and Dean’s Medalist, is a 2018 recipient of the Michael Daugherty Memorial Fund Award, and second place winner in Louisiana Contemporary at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in 2017. Eli and his family started a scholarship in conjunction with his thesis exhibition Yes We Can: the Nora Marie Casiano Scholarship is awarded to a woman or non-binary person of color to help support artistic expression.


Eli Casiano (MFA 2018) paints piece “Cochino.” Photo by Christopher Burns.


Grace Tessein, ceramicist BELOW MFA candidate Hunter Stabler at work.

Art history MA student Anna Dow’s paper “Who Should Own Antiquities? Returning the Rosetta Stone” was accepted for the 23rd Annual UAB/UA Graduate Symposium at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in February 2018. Anna is an attorney who practiced law for more than 35 years before returning to LSU to study art history.

Phillip Fernberg, MLA candidate, was named a 2018 Olmsted Scholar Nominee. The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are working to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits. Phillip is interested in urban design and ecological restoration. Work by Hunter Stabler, digital art graduate student, was featured in two exhibitions in summer-fall 2017: Under the Knife: Contemporary Cut Paper Art, at the Hicks Art Center Gallery at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and Season of the Witch, at the Seligmann Center for the Arts in Chester, New York. His work has been exhibited widely across the country and internationally. Ceramics artist Grace Tessein, MFA 2018, is a Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award Recipient; the WMAA provides an opportunity for students and emerging artists to continue their ceramic research and education. Grace’s work was exhibited at the Emily Galusha Gallery, Northern Clay Center, in Minneapolis, MN, May–June, 2018. She also started the independent business Sugar Jaws Pottery, a collaboration with Dennis Ritter.


Community Engagement The College of Art & Design promotes the engagement of faculty, staff, and students in reaching out to transform communities. Complete Streets Landscape architecture students’ designs were featured in the “Complete Streets Toolkit,” an initiative by the Baton Rouge Sustainable Transportation Action Committee (STAC) to propose street design improvements to the Baton Rouge community. A joint initiative of AARP Louisiana and the Center for Planning Excellence, STAC is a coalition of local volunteer partners engaged in making Baton Rouge streets safer and more accessible. The “Complete Streets” proposal features work by BLA seniors Hagan Doyle and Matt Poche, providing a visualization of infrastructure improvement opportunities in Baton Rouge Mid City.

Designs by Matthew Poche featured in the Baton Rouge “Complete Streets Toolkit.”


Designing for Wellness LSU senior interior design students participated in a community outreach project to design a garden at a home in Louisiana for young women who have been victims of human trafficking. The organization that operates the property, Metanoia, works to support girls in the United States by providing a safe home for them to live. The garden promotes physical and mental wellness, created as a tranquil healing space. The LSU Interior Design Student Organization collected funds to purchase the herbs and flowers for the garden, and helped to construct and plant the garden. Their aim was to use design principals to create a garden space to support recovery.

Elementary Outreach LSU School of Architecture students and faculty visited Park Elementary School in Baton Rouge to help students generate ideas and build models for a new school. Park Elementary is slated to get brand new facilities in the next few years, and administrators are fully engaging students in the building process. Each grade level is participating in a different project to envision the new school— some worked on classrooms, some on the cafeteria and athletic fields, and others on the playground. Professor Jori Erdman and Professional in Residence William Doran led a question and answer session Park Elementary students about what it means to be an architect, and students built a giant model of the school inside their gymnasium. Members of LSU’s chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, including NOMAS president Jack Burleigh and member Jorge Galdamez, volunteered to spend the day advising and assisting the elementary students in generating ideas and modeling the different components of their new school. The Baton Rouge chapter of the American Institute of Architects donated model-making materials and helped organize the event.

High School Outreach The LSU School of Art, in conjunction with the College of Art & Design, hosted the fourth annual statewide juried art exhibition for high school artists. The exhibition showcased selected works from students representing talent from all areas of Louisiana. The goal of the exhibition is to inspire young artists by providing a platform for their work to be displayed in a contemporary gallery setting, thus giving them a taste of the professional experience (and perhaps encourage a few new fine arts majors along the way). The annual exhibition is held at the LSU Foster Gallery, and first-, second-, and third-place winners, along with honorable mentions, are announced at the closing reception, following a tour of the school.

HIV Awareness Third-year graphic design students in applied typography participated in HAART’s sixth annual HIV awareness poster contest as part of World AIDS Day festivities. As one of the top HIV/AIDS service organizations in Louisiana, HAART, or HIV/AIDS Alliance Region Two, assists more than 2,000 people statewide with health insurance services while helping more than 500 people in the Baton Rouge area with critical services, such as primary care, medications, transportation to medical appointments, and other supportive services. Students from local universities and community colleges are encouraged to participate in their annual contest to create poster designs to promote HIV awareness.

Local Louisiana Architecture students worked on the Pecan Acres Flooded Community Resettlement Initiative: students of Professor Jori Erdman worked with residents in the Pecan Acres neighborhood of New Roads, Louisiana. Pecan Acres was originally built by the Federal Housing Authority to encourage home ownership among

lower-income African Americans in the area, but the development site is extremely low-lying and has repeatedly flooded. The Louisiana Office of Community Development, through their RESTORE task force, proposed to purchase flooded properties and relocate the whole community to a new site with new homes, which the LSU School of Architecture collaborated to assist in designing. Students hosted community meetings with Pecan Acres residents to gather feedback to inform design proposals, cooperating with the residents throughout the design process.

Interior design students work on a community garden to promote wellness.




Impact The College of Art & Design Annual Fund provides unparalleled flexibility to seize educational opportunities when they become available while supporting the college’s operations and most pressing daily needs. Thanks to our alumni and friends for donating to the 2017–18 Annual Fund! See how YOU can make a difference at design.

leadership conference in Washington, D.C.; the LSU chapter of The National Organization of Minority Architecture (NOMA) Students were also supported by the fund in attending the professional NOMA conference. At the conference members discuss chapter leadership, business leadership, community involvement, and innovation with local CEOs, founders, government officials, and professionals.

School of Art The School of Art used annual funds to provide support and enhancement opportunities for students to interact with visiting artists and lecturers—who visited studios and participated in student critiques—and for recruitment and exhibition opportunities for prospective students from around the state. The school also supported faculty research and the development of publications.

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A portion of the College of Art & Design’s Annual Fund was used to support activities including recruitment, bringing in lecturers to speak as part of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series, hosting a networking event to connect students with potential employers, and funding student scholarships.

The School of Interior Design used annual funds to support events, such as the scholarship reception, recruiting materials, and facility updates to the school’s spaces.

School of Architecture The School of Architecture used annual funds to support faculty research, student and alumni events, and student travel, including expenses for student leaders of the LSU chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students to attend the AIAS Grassroots

Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture In addition to funding several student awards, the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture utilized annual funds for the end-of-year scholarship reception for students, parents, and alumni to celebrate excellence in the school, to host alumni reunions and graduate receptions, and to support student travel.

LEFT Interior design students and faculty in China!


Donor Profile Jim Burnett (BLA '83) Last year, in answer to the desire in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture to be more proactive and intentional about recruiting exceptional students, Jim and Kim Burnett decided to answer the need. With their generous gift to provide scholarship support to students entering the program, RRSLA looks forward to welcoming a strong cadre of Burnett Scholarship students for the 2018-2019 academic year. “The Burnetts gift totally changed the conversations I was able to have with prospective students,” relays Director Mark Boyer. “This year, if the finances were the only thing holding a student back from joining our program, we could fill that gap and make it possible for them.” The gift will help to bolster both undergraduate and graduate recruitment by offering additional financial support to exceptional students who are often likely to be offered competitive aid packages elsewhere. Jim Burnett received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture in 1983. He founded the Office of James Burnett in 1989, and has dedicated his career to creating meaningful spaces that challenge the conventional boundaries of landscape architecture. Now he and his family give back to the school that began his career in landscape architecture. The support will help RRSLA to continue to ensure that students can pursue their passions in the field for years to come.


Development Funds Endowed Funds

$10,038,703 $3,694,877

Scholarships & Awards


Chairs & Professorships




Lecture Series


Edowed Funds


Estate Gifts


Non-Endowed Funds

Non- Endowed Funds

$771,425 $17,854

Lecture Series




Scholarships & Awards

Grand Total

$15,220,932 25

Dear alumni, friends, and donors, The disciplines encompassed in art and design are future-oriented by nature. You spend time designing a better park to serve the community. You create a sculpture to inspire your audience. You make a thing that will outlast, and become bigger than you. Philanthropy also allows us to create something for the future that becomes bigger than ourselves. And at LSU, those who have chosen to give back enrich the lives of students at the College of Art and Design every day. Over the last year, your support: • Enabled a student to travel to the US/Mexico border to study how its landscape shapes the relationships of the people in those communities. • Sent a student on his first flight to New York City to learn about groundbreaking interior design from inspirational professionals in his field.

The College of Art & Design gratefully acknowledges the donors that made gifts and pledges in support of our mission. Recognized here are gifts and pledges of $1,000 and above made between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

• Recruited exceptional faculty who will be the next generation of mentors for current and future students. And these stories only scratch the surface. Looking forward, some big plans are in the works – you’ll hear more soon about ambitious goals we hope to achieve with your support. Join us to see what you can make for the future.

Ellen Fargason Mathis Director of Development



$250,000 - $500,000

$10,000 - $24,999

$1,000 - $4,999

James, D. (BLA '83) and Kim Burnett

Bradley - Blewster & Associates Carol "Lynn" Bradley, AIA (BArch '71) Winston "Carroll" Blewster Jr. (BArch '78)

Carl E. (MFA ’08) and Susan Blyskal

Jeffrey K. (BLA '85) and Wendy P. (HS&E '88) Carbo Max Z. Conrad (BLA '61) The Turner Family Sue W. Turner (H&SS '47); Susan Turner and Mr. Scott Purdin; John G. Turner and Mr. Jerry G. (H&SS '83) Fischezr; Thomas H. Turner (H&SS ' 78) and Mrs. Sari L. Turner; Mary T. Svendson (AGR '78) and Mr. Martin Svendson; Robert L. Turner and Mr. Peter Speliopoulos Anonymous

$50,000 - $100,000 Winifred R. and Kevin Reilly Alton J. (BLA '69) and Hillery Scavo

$25,000 - $49,999 Friends of Hilltop Arboretum, Inc. Stefan (BLA '99) and Moyara (BLA '99) Pharis

Robert L. Carpenter (MFA '78) Coleman Partners Architects Gary Gilbert (BArch '81, BUS '85) Marvin "Buddy" Ragland Jr. (BArch '80, HS&E '80) Dale Songy (BArch '81) Louisiana CAT / Boyce Family Emalie Boyce (Law '07) Matthew S. (BLA '80) and Katherine J. W. Mathes Douglas P. Reed (BLA '78) Michael D. Robinson (BUS '69) and Donald J. Boutte Nadine C. Russel (H&SS '67)

$5,000 - $9,999

Tiffanie E. (BFA ’91) and Dr. Robb T. Brumfield (SCI ’90) Charles D. (BArch ‘75) and Dr. Lyle Cadenhead (H&SS ’81, BUS ’83) Elizabeth S. and Craig D. Campbell in honor of William A. Mumford (BLA ’82) Ken and Mary A. Carpenter Donald A. and Wanda M. Chase (BLA ’84) Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Steve L. Dumez, (BArch ’82) Mark J. Ripple, (BArch ’79) ExxonMobil Foundation Barbara R. and Mickey Freiberg Joseph W. Furr (BLA ’86) Kyley E. Harvey (BArch ’00)

Caroline Kennedy and Dr. Gregory B. Stone

Imahara’s Landscape Company Inc.

Martha T. and Thomas E. Richard (H&SS '72, JD '75) in memory of Thomas Byron Smith (BArch '68)

J. Hirsch Interior Design Janie K. Hirsch (BID ’90) Brian J. Jacobus (BArch ’86)

Lettermans Steven T. Perret (MBA ’10, MS HS&E ’15, PHD HS&E ‘16) Carroll K. (BID ’72) and Robert D. Mathews Malcolm J. and Chicory M. McClay Heather L. Neyer (BID ’95) Roger H. Ogden (BUS ’68) and Kenneth Barnes

Dr. John A. Thomas Elizabeth F. Thomas (MLA ’89) Tipton Associates Kenneth W. Tipton Jr. (BArch ’81) Ronald G. Trageser Jr. (BLA ’90) Suzan A. (BID ‘81), and Robert J. Tillotson (BUS ’85) Makoto Yamamoto (MLA ’82)

Tim J. Orlando (BLA ’83) Elizabeth P. (MLA ’89) and David L. Pope (SCI ‘92) Margaret P. Robinson, (BLA ’82) Seth M. Rodewald-Bates (MLA ’05) Rozas-Ward Architects Darren Rozas Charles J. Ward Jr. (BArch ’87) Linda (H&SS ’68) and John W. Salisbury Jr. (BUS ’70) Isis C. Spinola-Schwartz (BLA ’83) and David A. Schwartz studioOutside William “Tary” Arterburn (BLA ’79)

Ritter Maher Architects Stephen P. Maher (BArch '99) Scott A. Ritter (BArch '98)




Honoring A.P. Tureaud Jr. In 1953, A.P. Tureaud Jr. was the first person of color to attend the LSU undergraduate school. He became a symbol of integration in higher education, and paved the way for future minority students. He is son of attorney A.P. Tureaud Sr., who represented the New Orleans chapter of the NAACP during the Civil Rights Movement. With the assistance of Thurgood Marshall and Robert Carter from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, A. P. Tureaud Sr. filed the lawsuit that successfully ended the system of Jim Crow segregation in New Orleans. As the first non-white undergraduate student at LSU, A.P. Tureaud Jr. faced challenges and discrimination as he sought his education. Tureaud went on to graduate from Xavier University in New Orleans with a degree in education in 1957. For more than 25 years, he worked as the director of special education for the White Plains School District in New York. A.P. Tureaud Jr. delivered the LSU College of Art & Design 2018 commencement address. He spoke to graduating students about what a profound impact his time at LSU had on him, and how powerful it was to see the diverse class of students achieving their degrees. “Seeing you all here today makes it worth it, everything I went through,” he said. “I’m in awe.” Dean Alkis Tsolakis presented Tureaud with an Honor Award for his contributions to education. Tureaud was awarded an honorary doctorate from LSU in 2011. We honor him for opening the doors for future students.

School of Art Director Rod Parker and student at 2018 commencemnt ceremony.

Photos by Eddy Perez.


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Design by Dakota Baños, BFA Candidate

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