Streete and Harmon Receive the 2024 ARCC Research Incentive Award

Annicia Streete, assistant professor of architecture, and Brendan Harmon, assistant professor of landscape architecture, received the 2024 ARCC Research Incentive Award for their research investigating the burial grounds of enslaved African Americans and their descendants in the American South. The interdisciplinary project is in collaboration with Nicholas Serrano, assistant professor at the University of Florida.

“The burial grounds of enslaved African Americans and their descendants are an invaluable, but a weakly preserved part of our cultural heritage,” Streete said. “In the American South, many of these sites on former plantations are undocumented, inaccessible, untended, or at risk of conversion into agricultural fields, petroleum refineries, or chemical plants.”

This project is the first step in a larger initiative to celebrate the cultural importance of African American cemeteries on former plantation grounds and will contribute to a larger public interest in preserving and highlighting the history of African American cemeteries, most recently culminating in the African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act of December 2022 (H.R. 6805 and S. 3667). Congresswoman Alma Adams noted that these sites both honor our ancestors and are important resources for telling our history. Cemeteries are significant spiritual and historical artifacts linking people and place to regional, national, and world histories.

“Preserving African American cemeteries memorializes past Americans, honors their descendants, and preserves an important historical record,” she said.

Annicia StreeteStreete is a multi-disciplinary researcher who studies Afrofuturism, focusing on heritage documentation and building technology practices within African Diasporic communities throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and Southern Louisiana. She has exhibited at the Colorado History Center where she presented “Explorations in Afrofuturism” as part of the “Building Denver: Where Corners Meet” exhibition. Branches of her research include documentation using terrestrial and drone 3D Laser Scanning, and studies in Festival Architecture and Technology. Annicia serves as a co-chair for the EDUCATE pillar of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and is a founding member of the Colorado professional chapter of NOMA. She received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structures from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Brendan HarmonHarmon, Ph.D. is a landscape architecture researcher with expertise in computational design, geographic information systems, and lidar and drone data analytics. His research interests include remote sensing for heritage conservation. Brendan has experience digitizing cultural landscapes using terrestrial laser scanning and unmanned aerial systems. 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.

They will be conducting fieldwork at sites including Alford Cemetery, Erwinville, LA (West Baton Rouge Parish).

Lauren Cardenás Wins 2024 LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award

Lauren CardenasLauren Cardenás, assistant professor of art/printmaking, was awarded a 2024 LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award for her research exploring the experience of navigating her bifurcated identity as a Mexican American, the fading “American dream,” the experience of Latinx individuals seeking asylum at the U.S./Mexico border, and the increasingly inflammatory political rhetoric in this country.

Cardenás is a Latinx studio artist who focuses on print media. Her current body of work asks the viewer to question the connotations of everyday mundane objects. She engages in print-media processes such as lithography, letterpress, and digital output printing, utilizing these media to create installations, participatory projects, and prints. 

“I have pushed the boundaries of printmaking by creating digital print transfers of airplane window views seen by deported Latinx individuals onto American Cheese slices reminiscent of in-flight meals and symbolic of processed convenience foods,” Cardenás said. “I have also explored printing on ’emergency blanket’ Mylar. Within this body of work, I have been challenged by conservation issues, i.e., in humid climates, the cheese will mold. These challenges have led to experiments with epoxy resin and outsourcing facsimiles while not compromising the original intention. These explorations are parts of my current series, #sueñoamericano, which investigates the realities of the American Dream in today’s world.”

She recently had a solo exhibition “No Home for You Here” on view at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and was awarded the LSU Provost Fund: Arts/Humanities Project Support Fund 2023. This artwork has also traveled to Houston, Texas. Last year, she was awarded a Louisiana Solo Exhibition at the Antenna Gallery in New Orleans for the spring of 2024. Her work was selected for the El Paso Museum of Art for the Border Biennial, an exhibition that was featured in Texas Monthly.

She holds a BA in painting, printmaking and drawing from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX; she is a Tamarind Institute Printer Training Program graduate, and she holds an MFA in visual art with a focus in print media from Washington University in St. Louis. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She was awarded the University of Nevada, Reno Black Rock Press Redfield Fellowship (2016-2018). She created a limited edition artist book titled “Things You See in the Dark,” which is a collaboration with poet Daniel Enrique Perez.

Cardenás was the editor and founder of PIECRUST Magazine (2011-2014), which was an art and biannual literary magazine based out of St. Louis. Lauren also was a co-founding member and co-director of Museum Blue (2014-2017), an artist-run project space in St. Louis. She has co-curated many exhibitions that make strides to bridge the gap between art and literature. Along with her curatorial and publishing practice, she was a founding member and an active part of the steering committee of the St. Louis Small Press Expo (2014-2016). She was a Gallery Committee member for the Holland Project in Reno, NV (2017-2018).

Kristen Mauch Awarded Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award

Kristen K. Mauch, NCARB, was awarded a 2024 LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award, in recognition of her dedication to LSU students. Mauch is Associate Dean of Student Services for the LSU College of Art & Design and an associate professor of professional practice in the LSU School of Architecture.  

Mauch’s research focuses on design pedagogy and beginning design education. She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Water Literacy Project, an environmental education nonprofit that builds water literacy through in-school instruction. She currently serves as Ripple Effect’s Director of Operations and Strategic Partnerships and oversees two National Academy of Sciences-funded projects for elementary and high school students in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

She received her BA in History of Art and Architecture and Classical Civilization from Boston University and her Master of Architecture from LSU. Since joining the LSU faculty in 2010, Mauch has taught in both the Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture programs. Prior to her appointment as associate dean, she served as the School of Architecture’s undergraduate coordinator and spearheaded the LSU Architecture Camp, a residential summer camp for high school students. Mauch is also a licensed architect in the state of Louisiana and serves as the Architect Licensing Advisor for LSU.  

As Associate Dean of Student Services, Mauch engages with architecture, art, landscape architecture, and interior design students in addition to assisting with undergraduate student recruitment.

Louisiana Futures Exhibition Highlights Coastal Research

Louisiana Futures poster: Louisiana coastline simulated, lists of student names over Gulf water

LSU faculty, with the generous support of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program (GRP), have led four semesters of community-based coursework focused on preparing the next generation of design, architecture and urban development professionals to identify, visualize, explore and propose interdisciplinary design solutions to critical issues. The work is culminating in an exhibition now on view in the LSU Galleries to educate the public in Louisiana.

“The dynamic nature of Louisiana’s coast challenges the well-being of communities with both acute and chronic stressors,” faculty project leaders said. “The capacity to adapt and thrive in the face of such stressors requires innovative frameworks focused on community well-being, responsive design and healthy environments. Addressing these critical challenges calls for creative and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving.”

Collaborating faculty include Traci Birch, assistant professor of architecture and managing director of the Coastal Ecosystems Studio; Haley Blakeman, assistant professor of landscape architecture and associate director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture; Fabio Capra-Ribeiro, assistant professor of architecture; Clint Wilson, professor of civil & environmental engineering and interim dean of College of the Coast & Environment; and Nicholas Serrano, assistant professor of landscape architecture (now at the University of Florida.)

The exhibition Louisiana Futures: Interdisciplinary Design Studies for a Dynamic Coast highlights the work of LSU students from across the College of Art & Design and the university who have been working with Louisiana communities on some of the most pressing issues facing our state, such as sustainable design practices in the face of environmental changes.

Louisiana Futures is on view now in the Laura and Clark Boyce Gallery, 104 Julian T. White Hall, through April 18, 2024.

LSU Graphic Design Students Named 2024 American Advertising Award Winners

graphic design students at ADDYs awards

LSU School of Art graphic design students won awards at the 2024 AAF-BR American Advertising Awards. Lucy He (BFA senior) won Student Best of Show, while Emma Sanderson (junior) received the Special Judges’ Award. A team project by BFA seniors Sophia Simon, Lucy He, Emma Theodore and Zoe Ashley received a gold award. Safiyeh Niknami (MFA) won a gold award and Olivia Leonard (junior) won a silver award. The Graphic Design Student Office (GDSO) won three gold awards for projects designed by Tommi Bonomo (MFA), Hernan Andy Gonzalez (MFA), Chase Romero (MFA), Safiyeh Niknami (MFA), Lucy He and Mia Bings-Gutierrez (BFA junior).

About the competition: The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition. The mission of the competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. The AAF Student American Advertising Awards Competition is a unique national awards program designed specially for college students. Work awarded a gold or silver at the local level can advance to the second tier, the AAF District 7 competition. Recipients of gold and silver awards at this level can advance on to the national competition, where winners are presented at the national AAF convention each year.

2024 AAF-BR American Advertising Awards College of Art & Design Student Winners

Student Best of Show & Gold Award Winner:

Lucy He (Senior Graphic Design)
Project: Gotcha! Milk Tea Box
Category: Elements of Advertising – Illustration Campaign
Instructor: Scott Hodgin

Judges’ Award & Student Gold Award Winner:

Emma Sanderson (Junior Graphic Design)
Project: Froot Loops Rebrand
Category: Packaging
Instructor: Courtney Barr

Student Gold Award Winners:

Sophia Simon, Lucy He, Emma Theodore, Zoe Ashley (Senior Graphic Design)
Project: Family & Youth Service Center (Senior Graphic Design Group Project)
Category: Integrated Brand Identity Campaign
Instructor: Scott Hodgin

Lucy He (Senior Graphic Design)
Project: BONBON Magazine
Category: Publication Design Series
Instructor: Andrew Shurtz

Safiyeh Niknami (MFA Graphic Design)
Project: BookMate App
Category: Online/Interactive – App Design
Instructor: Courtney Barr

LSU Graphic Design Student Office (GDSO)
Project: LSU COAD Tailgate Postcard
Credits: Hernan Andres Gonzalez (MFA Graphic Design)
Category: Special Event Materials
Instructor: Luisa Restrepo

Project: LSU COAD 2023-2024 Lecture Series
Credits: Chase Romero (MFA Graphic Design), Tommi Bonomo (MFA Graphic Design)
Category: Integrated Brand Identity Campaign
Instructor: Luisa Restrepo

Project: LSU COAD 2022-20234 Annual Report
Credits: Mia Bings-Gutierrez (Junior Graphic Design), Lucy He (Senior Graphic Design)
Category: Printed Annual Report
Instructor: Luisa Restrepo

Student Silver Awards: 

Olivia Leonard (Junior Graphic Design)
Project: Graphic Response Cover and Spreads
Category: Publication Design Series
Instructor: Richard Doubleday


Luisa Restrepo Pérez Named 2023–24 C-I Teaching Fellow

Luisa Restrepo Pérez, assistant professor of graphic design, was named one of the inaugural cohort of the Communication-Intensive (C-I) Teaching Fellows at LSU. Ten faculty were selected university-wide for their ongoing commitment to teaching and learning.

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collage of the 2023-2024 C-I Teaching Fellows

Pictured left to right, top row: Erin McKinley, Luisa Restrepo Perez, Kris Lindsey Hall, Matthew Hiatt, Kate Pettrey. Bottom row: Janene Grodesky, Michael Dettinger, Sadie Wilks, Nick Erickson, Johnna Roose.

To support the Geaux Communicate initiative, LSU recently launched the inaugural Communication-Intensive (C-I) Teaching Fellows program. In collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner, faculty chair of Communication across the Curriculum (CxC), the Teaching Fellows are working to inform, create, and disseminate innovative teaching development resources across campus, all in support of advancing undergraduate communication skills development. 

The 2023–24 C-I Teaching Fellows are:

  • Erin McKinley, Nutrition & Food Sciences, College of Agriculture
  • Luisa Restrepo Perez, Graphic Design, College of Art & Design
  • Kris Lindsey Hall, Marketing, E.J. Ourso College of Business
  • Matthew Hiatt, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, College of Coast & Environment
  • Kate Pettrey, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Janene Grodesky, Kinesiology, College of Human Sciences & Education
  • Michael Dettinger, World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Sadie Wilks, Public Relations, Manship School of Mass Communication
  • Nick Erickson, Theatre, College of Music & Dramatic Arts
  • Johnna Roose, Biological Sciences, College of Science

Join us in congratulating these 10 outstanding faculty members and their ongoing commitment to teaching and learning at LSU.

LSU Researchers Design Tool to Explore Effects of Solar Farming on Louisiana Ecosystems

Assistant Professor Fabiana with researchers by Landscape Architecture office

LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture assistant professor Fabiana Trindade da Silva is collaborating with researchers LSU Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Chris Kees and LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Professor Brett Wolfe to study the effects of solar farming in Louisiana.

“I am enthusiastic about our collaborative efforts. At the heart of our interdisciplinary approach lies the pursuit of a sustainable future, integrating design principles to support biodiversity, resilience, and community well-being,” said Trindade da Silva. “By fostering a coexistence that prioritizes aesthetics and ecological balance, we aim to create resilient solar farms that contribute positively to Louisiana’s natural heritage and community prosperity. I feel privileged to contribute to a holistic approach that embraces interdisciplinarity, community values, and thoughtful design, paving the way for a more sustainable and resilient future in Louisiana.”

Trindade da Silva specializes in urban and environmental sciences as an interdisciplinary field. Her mission is to create sustainable, resilient, and livable urban spaces. In 2022, she joined LSU Coastal Ecosystem Studio (CEDS) as a postdoctoral researcher, and in 2023 started to collaborate as a professor at the same studio. At CEDS, she is currently involved in the DEEDS (Developing Engineering Practices for Ecosystem Design Solutions) project funded by the US Army Corp of Engineers. Her research centers around implementing collaborative ecosystem design techniques and evaluating the performance of natural and nature-based features in delivering social benefits.

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LSU Explores Potential International Partnership with Senegal

LSU International Programs and the LSU College of Art & Design hosted a delegation of Senegalese government officials in February 2024, to discuss the possibility of hosting an international art event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Biennale de Dakar (Biennal of Darkar) is one of the largest art exhibitions in Sub-Saharan Africa that takes place every two years, focusing on contemporary African art. Hosting the Biennale de Dakar in Baton Rouge would be an opportunity to bring an international community of artists to Louisiana, and give students access to cross-cultural learning outside of the classroom.

“With Louisiana’s deep cultural ties to Senegal and LSU’s expanding connection to the country, Baton Rouge could serve as an ideal location for hosting this prestigious exhibition during its off season,” said Rod Parker, interim dean of the College of Art & Design.

The guests from Senegal included: Mrs. Marieme Ba, Secretary General of the Bienniale de Dakar; Dr. Khady Ndoye, Special Advisor to the Minister of Culture; Dr. Abel Marone, specialist in American Studies and Secretary General of Sorano Theater; and Mr. Abdou Diouf Ndiaye, Agent, Bienniale de Dakar.

On February 5, 2024, the LSU College of Art & Design hosted an event to welcome the Senegalese delegation to LSU. Ba presented on the history of the Biennale de Dakar, to inform the LSU and Baton Rouge community about the potential for international visitors/tourism to Baton Rouge if the event were to be held in Louisiana in the future.

LSU Executive Vice President & Provost Roy Haggerty, Rodolphe Sambou, Consul General of France in New Orleans, and Alkis Tsolakis, professor of architecture, each spoke about the significance of the international partnership. Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome presented the Senegalese visitors with honorary plaques commemorating their visit to Louisiana.

While visiting Louisiana, the Senegalese officials toured LSU campus, visited Southern University, and explored many of the art museums and galleries in the capital region, including the LSU Museum of Art and the Baton Rouge Gallery for Contemporary Art. LSU art faculty met with the group to discuss potential cross-cultural collaborations available to LSU students.

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Professor Doubleday Collection on Graphic Design at Hill Memorial Library

Doubleday in Hill Memorial Library

Professor Richard Doubleday poses for a portrait with the periodical Alphabet & Image (1946-1948) in the McIlhenny Room, located in the Special Collections Library, which is housed in LSU Hill Memorial Library. Photos by Reagan Laird.

Richard B. Doubleday, professor of art/graphic design, has donated the “Richard B. Doubleday Collection on Modern Graphic Design” to LSU Libraries Special Collections. Doubleday worked with Dr. John Miles, Curator of Books and Head of Instruction Services, and Hans Rasmussen, Head of Special Collections Technical Services, at Hill Memorial Library to curate Doubleday’s library collection and catalog.

The “Richard B. Doubleday Collection on Modern Graphic Design” is an archive dedicated to preserving and making accessible significant works by modern graphic design practitioners. Among the material that will be available for the LSU community, students, faculty, and researchers are a selection of antiquarian and out-of-print books, signed and inscribed copies, and old books from the past. The collection also includes original graphic art, over two-thousand modern posters, typographic periodicals (1930s–1960s), printed samples, and printed ephemera.

Dr. Doubleday is an international educator at the LSU College of Art & Design. A specialist in graphic design history and contemporary graphic design in China, his doctoral thesis investigated contemporary Chinese graphic design and its historical antecedents. Doubleday’s research has been supported by distinguished fellowships including a 2022-2023 China-U.S. Scholars Fellowship (CUSP) and a 2017-2018 Fulbright Fellowship as a senior research scholar at the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. His research has specialized on graphic design in the post–Mao era and focused on graphic design in China’s Republican and Mao eras. Doubleday’s teaching practice covers the history of graphic design, motion graphics, fundamental and advanced principles of graphic design and typography, and advises and mentors students in LSU’s Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation program.

LSU Libraries’ Special Collections features original research and exhibitions in rare books, manuscripts, and other historical documents. Hill Memorial Library, on LSU campus, is a free resource for the LSU community.


professor by colorful prints

Doubleday poses for a portrait with the periodical Typography (1936-1939).

Typography (1936-1939)
Unequalled, both editorially and visually, by British typographic journals of its day, Typography (1936-1939) explored the juncture of popular and high culture and made an important contribution to the graphic industry by covering contemporary typographic developments and unusual historical articles not featured elsewhere. The aim of the magazine was to illustrate the typography of everyday objects such as newspaper pages, transport timetables and tea labels, alongside more serious traditional and modern type design, and included unusual features such as bound-in mounted insets, gatefolds, and decorative colored paper.

Doubleday by historical papers on table in library

Doubleday poses for a portrait with the periodical Alphabet & Image (1946-1948).

Alphabet & Image (1946-1948)
James Shand and Robert Harling resumed publication after World War II under new title, Alphabet & Image (1946-1948) as Typography’s postwar successor. Alphabet & Image was similar in content to Typography, offering critical reviews of typography, type specimens and graphic arts, but also offered wider-ranging articles featuring English illustrators, ceramics, pre-Raphaelite drawings, and English wood engravers.

man in suit and purple tie by papers on table

Doubleday poses for a portrait with correspondence that spans the world’s leading graphic artists and designers.

smiling man holding Asian print

Doubleday poses for a portrait with correspondence from one of the world’s leading Japanese art director’s, Katsumi Asaba.

black and white photo of men

Rurai McLean (editor) and James Shand (publisher) in the Motif office in 1961, with images from the magazine on the wall.

colorful magazine covers

Covers from the magazine Motif (1958-1967).

Motif (1958-1967)

Motif (1958-1967) magazine’s range of editorial interests was unusually broad for its time and, in the often highly segmented world of periodical publishing, it has rarely been equalled in Britain. In an editorial in the first issue, signed by Motif’s editor, the late Ruari McLean, and its publisher, James Shand, they quote the 19th-century French writer and poet Théophile Gautier: “I am a man for whom the visible world exists.” Motif, they go on to explain, “is a periodical for which the visible world exists.” Over the course of 13 issues, published from 1958 to 1967, Motif ran meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated articles about painting, sculpture, art education, graphic design, typography and lettering, illustration, photography, architecture, wood engraving, and the history of the graphic arts. “Visual culture” had yet to become a branch of academic inquiry and Motif’s urbane editor and publisher, whose careers began before the Second World War, would not have used the term. The magazine’s presentation of a wide array of visual arts on a more or less equal footing can nevertheless be seen as a prescient early example of a new way of documenting and appreciating the “visible world.”