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Professor Darius Spieth Presents Research in France

Art history professor Darius Spieth presented his latest research at two separate events in France this June. At the Festival of Art History at Fontainebleau Castle, near Paris, June 7-9, 2019, Spieth discussed low-end…

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Distinguished Faculty Awards 2019

College of Art & Design faculty members were honored for their achievements at the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Awards Presentation April 29, 2019. Art history professor Darius Spieth received the San Diego Alumni Association Chapter…

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Pixel Graphic Design Senior Show

The LSU Graphic Design Senior Show 2019 “Pixel: The Bigger Picture” was April 29-May 3 in the Foster Gallery.

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The School of Art combines the best of both worlds: the resources and faculty of a large liberal arts institution with the personal attention that comes in a close-knit community. As the largest art department in Louisiana and the fourth-largest major at LSU, the School of Art brings together more than 35 full-time faculty members and 500 undergraduate and graduate students to explore and embrace studies in art history, ceramics, digital art, graphic design, painting & drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

#1 largest fine arts and art history programs in the state of Louisiana
20+ visiting artists, lecturers, and scholars are invited to the school each year
15:1 average student to faculty class size ratio beating the national average

Don’t just learn it, live it.

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Students stare at photography prints on walls
Basic photography introduces students to photography as an art form with emphasis on the technical and conceptual concerns of the medium.
Young woman in blue shirt assembles sculpture
Art students learn fundamental 3D design skills during the foundation year of study.
Digital art students learn modeling and animation using 3D objects and spaces in a virtual environment.
The Glassell Gallery is located at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge.
Female student with camera photographs woman in red dress in lighted studio
Students can check out cameras and lighting equipment and stage their own photo shoots in the CxC Art + Design Studio.
Professor Malcolm McClay demonstrates sculpture techniques.
Beginning studies in digital art emphasize familiarity with the digital environment.
Man in black glasses gesticulates as students look on
Visiting artist Michael Triegel speaks to art history students about what is was like growing up as an artist in East Berlin.
Students learn to incorporate an understanding of artistic context in their work.
Art history faculty teach a broad spectrum of courses and specializations in ancient, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, modern, and contemporary art.
Glassell Art Gallery
The School of Art Glassell Gallery provides opportunities for students to display their work off campus.
LSU's beautiful campus provides ample inspiration for sketching outside.
Students work with visiting artist Rachel Hayes on a performance installation.
Sculpture students learn to weld in the metal-working studio.
Students in office setting.
Students visit graphic design firms in London over spring break
Student points, while holding sketchpad, as instructor looks on in campus plaza
Instructor Jacqueline Dee Parker advises a painting and drawing student.
The potter’s wheel is a tremendous tool used to create functional and non-functional forms in clay.
Professor Thomas Neff with photography students
Visiting artist Richard Sexton with a photography student
Watercolor critique
Student puts designs on wall board.
A student member of GDSO pins up work for a client
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French historian Marc Fumaroli lectures to art history students.
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Sculpture installation with visiting artist
Student in dark room, holding light
Advanced studios in digital art focus on contemporary themes such as interactivity.
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Painting studio in Foster Hall
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Visiting artist DJ Stout of Pentagram meets with graphic design students.
People making bowls, many circles on table
Ceramics students help visiting artist Clare Twomey make 1,000 bowls for an installation.
lsu avatar initiative
LSU's AVATAR initiative helps students learn the skills they need for careers in the field of digital media.
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Photography students visit the Odgen Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.
Young woman works at table covered in art supplies, in large warehouse setting
Studio space in the Studio Art Building
Art history professor Matt Savage guides students on a tour of LSU Hill Memorial Library's Special Collections.
LSU printmaking student carves a design into a brown plate
Printmaking student Monet DuPlessis prepares an intaglio plate.
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The Ceramic Artist Student Association hosts biannaual pottery sales on campus.
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A painting & drawing student sketches outside.
Group of students and faculty on stairs.
Graphic design students attend a conference in Houston.
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Sculpture students assist a visiting artist with an installation.
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Alumnus Ben Rinehart holds a workshop for printmaking students.
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Students participate in Future Fest at the Digital Media Center.
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A student art show at the LSU Student Union Gallery
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Photography students with visiting artist Alec Soth
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Graphic design students attend the Addys.
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Edie Tsong's Snow Poems exhibit at the School of Art Glassell Gallery in downtown Baton Rouge
Hill Memorial Library's Special Collections contains rare illuminated manuscripts, which students can carefully peruse.
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Advanced ceramics students find an invidividual voice in the medium while mastering skills.
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Painting students pursue individualized work with guidance and critique from faculty and peers.
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Photography students learn how to use a 35mm camera, develop film, make photographic prints from negatives, and develop a final portfolio.
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Professor Ortner's landscape painting class
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The Print Club student organization hosts biannual print sales on campus.
Three smiling students
GDSO students Christina Chang, Spencer Bagert, and Ashley Trowel, took home Addy Awards for their work.
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Advanced sculpture offers students the opportunity to pursue individualized projects.
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8 Fluid Ounces ceramics exhibition at the School of Art Glassell Gallery
Female student holds frame wrapped in greenery with Irish countryside in background
Student work completed in the Art in Ireland study abroad program
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A sculpture student using the forge
Design says "wanderlust" in trendy typeface.
2014 BFA Graphic Design exhibition
lsu college of art & design commencement ceremony
School of Art graduates work as artists, animators, museum administrators, photographers, teachers, gallery managers, and commercial designers.
School of Art graduates work all over the world.
Our faculty and alumni have strong networks with artists and designers to help students find their niche after graduation.
Female student receives her diploma from School of Art Director Rod Parker
School of Art Director Rod Parker awarding a diploma.
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School of Art graduate students display their work at the end of each semester during Grad Walk.
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Art History Professor Matt Savage and graduate student Cody Savage on a research trip in Istanbul
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A graduate student in the printmaking studio at Foster Hall
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Graduating graphic design students display their work in a BFA Show each year.
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Bradley Bernard and Rachael Noto examine print works at Hill Memorial Library.
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Painting & drawing graduate student Jabed Rashel during Grad Walk
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Printmaking graduate student Jamie Kutner demonstrates letter press composition at the Louisiana Book Festival.
Graphic design prints on black table
Graphic design graduate student work on display at Grad Walk
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Graduate student work on display during Grad Walk
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Graduate students display their thesis work at School of Art galleries.
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Printmaking graduate student Eric Euler with a rainbow roll
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Grad Walk installation
Graphic design alumni Luisa Restrepo Perez (MFA '13) and Jeremy Grassman (MFA '13) attend Addys gala.
woman in pink gown lounges on red velvet couch
Painting by Bridget Parris (MA/Art History; MFA/Painting&Drawing)
Bridget Parris (MA/Art History; MFA/Painting&Drawing) designed this Marie Antoinette clock as senior design for Anthropologie stores.
Ornate white platter, silver forks
Bridget Parris (MA Art History/MFA Painting & Drawing) was invited to design a self-named collection for Magenta's boutique line.
Ceramics graduate Anna Calluori Holcombe (MFA '77) was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in the College of Fine Arts at Anadolu University in Turkey.
Joseph Givens (MA, Art History '13) organized a panel about the history of comic books within the Civil Rights Movement at Comic-Con International.
Johanna Paas (MFA '01) is an associate professor of printmaking at Central Michigan University.
Abstract sculpture resembling reeds
Cody Arnall (MFA '10) is an artist-in-residence and instructor at Paducah College of Art and Design.
Painting of colorful yellow buildings with red roofs
Since graduating from LSU, Adrianna Speer (BFA '02) has studied painting in rural southern France, West Ireland, and Greece.
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Katherine Landry (BFA '04) owns her own business, Katherine Landry Photography, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and several magazines.
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Artist Tony McDonald (BFA '76) paintings and sculptures have been exhibited at galleries across the South.
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Graphic Designer Courtney Marse (MFA '14) presents her collection of digital textile prints at SCFD Southern Design Week.
lsu graphic design alum portrait, black and white. Lettering on wall in background
Tal Leming (BFA 1996) was a type designer for House Industries before starting his own type foundry, Type Supply.
lsu graphic design alumni work: white type, red background
The Balto font family is Tal Leming's (BFA 1996) take on the classic American Gothic style.
lsu graphic design alumni work
Tal Leming (BFA 1996), founder of Type Supply, draws fancy headline for Wired magazine.
Carved design in steps, lsu ceramics alumni work
Detail of Step-by-Step by ceramic artist Haejung Lee (MFA 2008)
Ceramic tree, lsu ceramics alumni work
Taking Root by ceramic artist Haejung Lee (MFA 2008)
Buffalo, lsu painting and drawing alumni work
Confrontation, acrylic on panel, 12" x 16", 2014, by Shelby Prindaville (MFA 2013, Painting & Drawing)
Pixar Editor Bradley Furnish, BFA '04, has worked on Toy Story 3, Brave, and the It Get's Better PSA.
Bradley Furnish, BFA '04, edited the award-winning short animation film The Dam Keeper.
Bradley Furnish, BFA '04, editor at Pixar, presented and screened The Dam Keeper at the LSU Digital Media Center Theatre in 2015.
lsu sculpture alumni work
LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial in San Marcos, Texas; 2014, by Aaron Hussey (MFA Scultpure 2002)
Woman by large ornate vessels
Ceramic artist Sin-Ying Ho (MFA 2001) pieces are in permanent collections at museums around the world.
Print of dancer, rows of green leaves in background
Trees of Joviation by Katie Naquin (BFA 2013), owner and instructor at 7 elements BR
lsu painting and drawing alumni work
Freelance illustrator Gavin Michelli's (BFA '06) work is featured in Ancients & Warriors: The Art of Gavin Michelli from Inverse Press.
lsu painting and drawing alumni work
Gavin Michelli (BFA '06) has worked for a myriad of clients as the in-house illustrator for Lamar Advertising.