Associate professor Lake Douglas of LSU’s College of Art & Design contributed an essay to the recently published Art & Architecture, Vol., 21 of the “New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture” series from the University of North Carolina Press and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi (2013).
The one-volume Encyclopedia of Southern Culture first appeared in 1989 as the first reference work about American regional culture, and the new series, now increased to twenty-four volumes, expands on themes first discussed in the original volume by exploring them in greater depth. Art & Architecture, Vol. 21, was edited by Judith H. Bonner and Estill Curtis Pennington, leading experts on the region’s artists and their work. It surveys visual arts and design and demonstrates how, through previous centuries, the art of the South expanded from mimetic portraiture to sophisticated responses to national and international movements. The essays treat historic and current trends in the visual arts and design, major collections and institutions, and biographies of artists themselves. Douglas’s essay, the sole contribution about landscape architecture, discusses the evolution of garden design in the South.
Douglas is Robert S. Reich Teaching Professor and serves as undergraduate coordinator at LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture.