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Jeremiah Ariaz’s Louisiana Trail Riders Debuts at Zeitgeist Gallery

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Jeremiah Ariaz, Louisiana Trail Riders Series, 12: Semien Stables, Sulphur, LA

Jeremiah Ariaz, associate professor of photography at the LSU School of Art, is excited to announce the premier exhibition of his recent photographs. Louisiana Trail Riders will debut in a solo exhibition at the Zeitgeist gallery in Nashville, Tennessee, October 1–29, 2016. An opening reception will be held Saturday, October 1, from 6–9 p.m.

“This work is very special to me and the first body of work I’ve made in my adopted home of Louisiana,” said Ariaz.

Leading up to the show in Nashville, Billy Reid, who hails from Amite, Louisiana, featured a selection of 12 of Ariaz’s photographs at a series of in-store events at his annual SHINDIG held in Florence, Alabama (August 26–28). Billy Reid is a designer based in Florence and has won numerous awards including the 2001/2012 CFDA Men’s Designer of the Year. His work celebrates fine craftsmanship and is manufactured in the textile mills of the South.

“If I’ve been dressing better in the last few years, he’s to thank,” added Ariaz. “As a fan of both his clothing and business practices, I’ve wanted to attend the SHINDIG for years and was delighted to be a participant alongside folks like chef John Besh, musicians John Paul White, the Dawes, The Watson Twins, Tony Joe White, and a host of other inspiring people.”

Ariaz’s photographs were shown at a variety of Billy Reid events prior to SHINDIG, including events in Chicago and Atlanta.

Visit for more information about the Louisiana Trail Riders exhibition and for more information about SHINDIG.

Exhibition by Johanna Warwick at VisCom Gallery

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Photographs by Johanna Warwick, assistant professor of photography the LSU School of Art, will be on display at the Texas A&M VisCom Gallery in Dallas, Texas, September 29–October 28, 2016, in an exhibition titled, Monuments to Strangers. She will give an artist talk at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, followed by a reception from 6-8 p.m.

Monuments to Strangers are photographs memorializing the people printed in America’s daily newspapers over the past century. Half-tone printing blocks are photographed or printed onto film as an exploration of our history, both cultural and photographic.

“I combine analog and digital processes to underscore the ways in which news photographs have been produced and how that production affects our understanding of cultural history,” stated Warwick.

The photographs look at the selective representation of the individual within printed daily newspapers from the 1880s to the 1960s.

Cat Soergel Marshall Presents Research on Teaching how to Track Landscape Experience

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Marshall in the garden at HSR campus in Rapperswill

Associate Professor Cat Soergel Marshall traveled to Zurich, Switzerland, and presented a paper at the European Council of Landscape Architects annual conference at the Hochschule Für Technik in Rapperswil. Her travel was supported by the College of Art & Design and the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture.

Marshall’s paper, “Teaching how to Track Landscape Experience,” was presented in the Teaching Landscapes Between Classical and New Approaches session at the conference. Representation in landscape architecture is expanding its processes and tools to other disciplines to better interpret landscape experiences. Moving beyond traditional orthographic projection, the paper explores a variety of tools and representational methods to visualize the changing qualities and experiences of the landscape.

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Matt Reylea traces his movement in the rural Erinville, Louisiana, Alford Cemetery by layering GPS data, video and sound recordings into hybrid images that chart his experiences.

The paper explains the hybrid methodologies through a collection of student work from Marshall’s advanced seminars in landscape representation. Marshall was invited to lecture and teach on this subject at University of Nebraska – Lincoln College of Architecture’s Hyde Workshop in 2015, where she taught undergraduate and graduate students studying landscape architecture and architecture.

LSU Team Places in International Design Competition

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Dean of the College of Art & Design Alkis Tsolakis and the two teams of students visited the project site and met with community organizers in Manila in early 2016.

A team of LSU architecture students led by Professor Jori Erdman received honorable mention in the 2016 Designing Resilience in Asia international competition. Ten universities were invited to design architectural and urban planning solutions to help improve the resiliency of a seven-kilometer area of the Polo River, located on the outskirts of Manila, Philippines. Each university could submit up to two proposals.

The annual competition promotes innovation in building technologies to insure a community’s resiliency, particularly prior to and during a disastrous water-based event such as flooding. The speculative proposals can engage design, technology, and policies that connect the physical and social aspects of a community.

LSU first entered this competition sponsored by the National University of Singapore’s School of Design and Environment in 2015, and for the second consecutive year, was the only university in the United States invited to participate.

“We were selected because of the focus on coastal resilience and sustainability that the School of Architecture developed along with the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio,” said Erdman.

Two LSU teams worked on the competition throughout the spring 2016 semester as part of Erdman’s studio (ARCH 4202). Dean of the College of Art & Design Alkis Tsolakis and the two teams of students visited the project site and met with community organizers in Manila in early 2016. Erdman and the teams traveled to Singapore in June to attend the annual Designing Resilience in Asia symposium and to present their proposals to the competition’s jury.

“Competitions are a great way for students to learn a variety of skills including teamwork and presentation,” explained Erdman. “Our studio had the additional challenges of responding to a site with intense environmental challenges literally halfway around the world. The students realized that Louisiana faces many of the same challenges.”


Master of Architecture candidates Barry Holton and Ana Orosco and Bachelor of Architecture candidates Patrick Raymond and Thomas Woodard received honorable mention for their proposal, “Community Connection,” which rethinks civic engagement, reuses wasted assets, and reconnects the Polo community with large public spaces known as community nodes. These nodes support the Polo River area by providing basic needs such as water treatment and management, housing, healthcare, material recovery, and entrepreneurship in centralized locations. A ferry and bike path system integrates the new nodes into the surrounding context and transforms the Polo River into a place for the community to reconnect. Individual trades taught by each community node secure the future of this system and pass it into the hands of the Polo community. The jury noted that they appreciated the team’s “focus on social resilience through community linkages, healthcare, and entrepreneurship.”

“Visiting the Polo River region allowed me to see the potential architecture has to help others and the resilience of comradery,” shared Raymond. “To see a community go through such disaster and continue to rebuild—together—is a testament to the human spirit.”

“As a young Baton Rouge native, being able to travel across the world to represent my city and school is something I wish everyone could experience,” said Woodard.

“The competition gave me insight into how people in the profession think outside of our school and state,” added Holton. “I am using that experience as I go forward in my career.”

The other LSU team—BArch candidates Allison Keppinger, Margaret Long, Isabelle Grizinski, and Molly Johnson and MArch candidate Yi Tao—introduced a master plan, “From the Ground Up,” proposing a canal system in which runoff drainage would pass through purifying plants as it cascades into the canals.

“I’m extremely proud of the work done by our students,” stated Erdman. “The two proposals were bold and innovative while also being thoughtful and sensitive to the people who would be affected by their designs. The teams represented the best of LSU and the School of Architecture. We are extremely grateful to the LSU College of Art & Design for supporting this project as well as the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio for contributing their expertise through lectures, workshops, and critiques throughout the semester.”

Visit for more information about the annual competition and symposium and for more information about the LSU School of Architecture.

LSU School of Art Hosts 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition for High School Students


The LSU School of Art, in conjunction with the LSU College of Art & Design, will host the 2nd Annual Statewide Juried Art Exhibition for high school artists. The LSU School of Art—one of the largest and most comprehensive art schools in the region—will showcase selected works from students who represent the talent from all areas of the state. The goal of the exhibition is to inspire young artists by providing a platform for their work to be displayed in a professional, artistic venue and thus giving them a taste of a professional artist experience. The exhibition will be an annual offering and is intended to showcase the finest, artistic student talent in Louisiana.

This 2nd annual exhibition will be held March 4–31, 2016, at the Foster Gallery on the LSU campus. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at a reception for the artists on March 19, 2016.


All public, private, and home-schooled high school students (grades 9 through 12) who reside in Louisiana are eligible.

Submission Requirements:

Artwork must be submitted by a high school teacher or representative. Each high school teacher/representative may submit up to 10 pieces of artwork. Please note that this is a juried show. Entries are not guaranteed acceptance.

There are no fees associated with submission.

Any piece created by students at any time during their high school education may be submitted.

How to Submit Artwork:

Artwork should be submitted by February 1, 2016, through Slideroom at:


Paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, photographs, computer- generated art, digital media and mixed media artwork that meets the following specifications are eligible for submission.

Two-dimensional work must not exceed 40 inches wide by 68 inches high. Three-dimensional work must not exceed 60 inches high by 36 inches wide and 36 inches deep.

Work must be physical and tangible and must be able to be displayed for the duration of the exhibition. All two-dimensional works must be framed and ready to hang for a professional gallery with the appropriate mounting hardware (wire, cleats, etc). Using tape to secure hanging wire is unacceptable. All pastel and charcoal drawings must be sprayed with fixative. All three-dimensional works must be structurally sound with all components securely fastened.


Submissions will be selected by a jury of School of Art faculty member.


First, second, and third-place winners will be selected, and five honorable mentions will be awarded in the following amounts. A special award will be made to the teacher/program with the best overall showing.

  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200
  • Honorable Mentions: $100


Since the purpose of the exhibition is to provide an opportunity similar to that which a professional artist would encounter, we encourage all work to be for sale. Please consider realistic prices to encourage sales.

The Foster Gallery will retain a 10 percent commission from all sales.

Price on Request (POR) designations will not be accepted for any artwork. Not-for-sale (NFS) artwork must still include an insurance value.


Every precaution will be taken to assure protection of entries. Liability for hand-delivered works left after the pickup or shipping dates will not be assumed by the LSU School of Art.


All selected works must be delivered or shipped to the LSU School of Art Office, 123 Art Building, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, to arrive no later than February 26 at 4 p.m.

Outbound shipping and packaging costs are the responsibility of the student artists or high schools.

The School of Art will cover return shipping preparations and costs. In most cases, work will be returned in the same boxes/materials in which it arrived.

Delivery Address:

Attention: Kitty Pheney/High School Art Exhibition School of Art
Louisiana State University
123 Art Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Schedule & Deadlines:

February 1, 2016

Submissions are open now, but must be uploaded to Slideroom by February 1, 2016.

February 5, 2016

Teachers/schools will be notified on or around February 5, 2016, if their submissions are selected for the exhibition.

February 26, 2016

Selected works must be delivered to the School of Art by February 26, 2016.

March 4, 2016

The exhibition, which will take place at the LSU Foster Gallery, opens to the public on March 4, 2016. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 19, 2016

The winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the opening reception at the LSU Foster Gallery on March 19, 2015, 2–4 p.m.

March 31, 2016

The exhibition closes on March 31, 2016.

April 1, 4, or 5, 2016

Hand-delivered artwork that has not been sold must be picked up April 1, 4, or 5, 2016. (Special arrangements can be made for weekend pick-up on April 2 and 3, 2016, should this be necessary.)

A storage fee of $10 per day will be charged for hand-delivered artwork not picked up by April 7, 2016. Shipped work will be returned the week of April 11.

For more information contact Kitty Pheney at the LSU School of Art.

Kitty Pheney
LSU School of Art
123 Art Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office: 225-578-5411
Cell: 225-266-4812


Tom Sofranko Named Interim Director of LSU School of Interior Design

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Tom Sofranko, associate professor of architecture and associate dean of academic services at the LSU College of Art & Design, has been named interim director of the LSU School of Interior Design, effective July 1, 2015.

“The interior design program’s lengthy history of student and faculty engagement has produced a substantial record of community service and research with industry partners,” said Sofranko. “I look forward to continuing these efforts, expanding the national reputation of the program, and providing our students with the means to realize their professional aspirations.”

Sofranko’s service as interim director is effective immediately. Associate Professor Jim Sullivan, who served as chair of the Department of Interior Design (the department was recently designated a school by the Board of Regents) from July 2013 to June 2015, accepted a position as dean of the School of Architecture at Marywood University, a small liberal arts school in Northeastern Pennsylvania with programs in architecture and interior design.

“While short, my time as chair has been a fantastic experience, and I have become very fond of the program and everyone here,” said Sullivan. “For me, this has been a learning experience through which I have grown professionally and personally in important ways.”

Sofranko has been at LSU since 1992, and served as interim director of the School of Architecture for four years. He received his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University. Prior to his arrival at LSU, he was working professionally in Cleveland, Ohio. His interest in the curriculum and the structure of the LSU School of Architecture as well as the geography of the region led him to LSU. His research has been a combination of architectural design projects and scholarly papers with a focus on beginning design as well as popular culture and architecture as image. He has been involved with the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student for over 20 years. Most recently, his research has focused on the efficacy of techniques for recruiting and retention of students in design. He is credited with starting the School of Architecture’s Architecture & Design Camp for high school students and is interested in using the camp as a tool for recruiting minority students.

Sofranko will continue to serve as associate dean of academic services during his interim directorship.

“The program is in good hands and will continue its current initiatives,” added Sullivan. “I will always speak highly of LSU’s School of Interior Design.”

About LSU School of Interior Design The LSU School of Interior Design is a CIDA accredited program emphasizing design that brings meaning and identity, function and purpose, health and safety to interior spaces. The program teaches specialized knowledge in creative problem solving, research and analysis, and professional preparedness. Interior designers give life to interior spaces. They shape, organize, furnish, and adorn the insides of buildings to reflect our personal and cultural aspirations. For more information, visit

LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum Named Among “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”

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LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum was recently named among the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.,” according to a recent article by

“As one of the 50 locations selected for our list, LSU Hilltop Arboretum caught our attention for providing enriching educational opportunities for the community, in addition to cultivating a wide variety of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers,” said Joy Warner, an editor with

The article explains how each arboretum was ranked, based on a system that awarded points for categories such as awards and recognitions, variety of species, conservation and education programs, connected university degree programs and a “Wow Factor” for features unique to each facility.

“Donated to Louisiana State University in 1981 by Mr. Emory Smith, the LSU Hilltop Arboretum is 14 beautiful acres which showcase more than 150 different species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers native to the Southeast region,” the article reads. “Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and especially those studying within the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at the university reap the many benefits of the arboretum, which is located just six miles from the campus. The arboretum maintains a strong community outreach program, offering a summer camp for young children, a Junior Master Gardener Program and many classes and programs for the adult learner. A symposium is held annually at the arboretum featuring lectures by nationally and internationally known experts in horticulture, architecture and landscape design.”

The full article can be viewed online at

LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum is located at 11855 Highland Road. To learn more about the arboretum, call 225-767-6916 or visit

Written by Aaron Looney
LSU Media Relations

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Bridget Parris, MA/Art History & MFA/Painting & Drawing

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Marie and Her Knight in Shining Armor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Bridget Parris
Oil on Panel, 9″ x 12″

Fine artist and designer Bridget Parris has made a livelihood doing exactly what she loves to do: painting and drawing.

She has always enjoyed a challenge.

Bridget received a Bachelor of Fine Arts inbridget parris painting and drawing from Southern Illinois University. She went on to graduate from the LSU School of Art with dual degrees, a Master of Arts in art history and a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing.

She has made brave choices.

Bridget moved to New York straight out of graduate school to pursue a career painting, exhibiting her work, and teaching in the fine arts—not an easy feat in a city studded with established and up-and-coming artists. Her success is evident.

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Marie Antoinette Clock – designed by Bridget Parris for Anthropologie stores

She has taught courses and workshops in fine arts and industrial design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Parson’s: The New School for Design.

Throughout her career as a designer, she has designed products in a wide range of materials including ceramic, glass, metal, and wood, creating artwork for apparel, fashion accessories, and home textiles. In her longstanding history designing tabletop, gift, and home décor products, she has held such positions as senior designer for Anthropologie and design director at Springs Global.

In January 2013, she was invited to design a collection of porcelain dinnerware, serveware, and gifts for Magenta’s boutique line. Bridget Parris for Magenta was launched at the spring shows that year, including the New York and Atlanta gift shows, and was featured in an article in Casa Grazia Italia alongside new work by such design stars as Phillipe Starck, Tom Dixon, and Marcel Wanders.

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Marie Antoinette Platter from the Bridget Parris for Magenta Collection

Through Bridget Parris Design and Consulting, she has provided clients with superior services in trend direction, creative concept development, technical drawings, production specs, and direct interaction with factories regarding production details. Her industrial design work has been featured in Oprah’s O Magazine, Domino, In-Style Home, Timeout New York, House Beautiful, and Real Simple.

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Oh So Fountainbleu Platter from the Bridget Parris for Magenta Collection

Bridget’s accomplishments don’t end with her teaching and industrial design careers, however. Her non-traditional and ever-evolving career has supported her vocation as a fine artist and vice versa.

“I enjoy taking all my areas of interest and finding ways to make them work together and play off one another,” Bridget said.

For example, the paintings in her most notable recent exhibition, And Then There Was a Revolution, at the Chair and the Maiden Gallery in New York, December 2010, draw parallels between the practices of the 18th-century French aristocracy and those of the 21st-century United States. A review of And Then There Was a Revolution on stated:

“This relationship between delicacy and power is one that you will see appearing over and over again in the paintings before you: in the frosting-like application of paint, the delicate layering of glazes, the color choices of pale pinks and baby blues, as well as in the design of the costumes and poses of the figures. Throughout the body of work that comprises And Then There Was a Revolution, great respect is paid to the skills and accomplishments of the artists and artisans of France before the revolution while the immense loss the end of this aristocracy brought to the decorative arts industry is made evident.”

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Bridget Parris, The Opera House I: Blockade, Oil on Panel, 16″ x 12″

As a product designer working on tableware and gift items for an Anthropologie holiday collection inspired by 18th-century French style, Bridget collected a vast archive of research on fine and decorative art from that historical period. She spent hours in the New York Public Library, traveled to Paris to go antique shopping, and planned vacations to areas that would add to her research, tying everything together impeccably as designer and artist.

“My fine art and design interests are completely interconnected. Having a design career helped me support my painting career, and you can see the influence of my design work in my paintings,” said Bridget. “On the important topic of research, my ability to find the references I need to complete various projects can be attributed to my background in art history, which has helped me to be a stronger and more-worldly designer. My aesthetic choices are made with a distinctive and evident knowledge of historical style and reference,” she added.

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Bridget Parris, Dauphine Eugenie’s Apartment: The Empire of Napolean III, Oil on Panel, 14″ x 11″

Bridget’s work was also featured in a group exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design, where she completed a residency as an Open Studios Artist over the summer of 2009. She has completed two public arts projects to date, commissioned by the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and the Washington, D.C., Commission on the Arts. Awarded an Artist Assistantship Grant by the Vermont Studio Center and a Residency Fellowship by the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, she has completed residencies at both institutions. Her artwork has received coverage in noteworthy publications including The New York Times, the Washington Times, and the Washington Post.

Most importantly, throughout her life, Bridget has consistently remained inspired.

For example, after establishing a successful career as an industrial designer of decorative home products, she decided to translate her already developed design skills in a new direction and create a career as a fashion designer.

Bridget explained, “I was very successful as a decorative product designer. My need to approach very new and real challenges in creative problem solving and construction techniques propelled me to seek the opportunity to embrace a change of direction and develop other areas of expertise.”

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Couture gown designed by Bridget Parris – silk chiffon, organza, and gazar

She received a degree in fashion design from the prestigious Parson’s School of Fashion in 2012. A year ago, she finished a seven-month internship at Marchesa as part of the couture and bridal design team, where she worked on couture and runway gowns and participated in fittings and collection evolution and alterations. The internship provided a behind-the-scenes opportunity to gain insight as to what it takes to run a high-end fashion brand—something she aspires to herself. She is now working with an experienced fashion designer in New York and designing high-end custom bridal and evening wear for private clients with a goal of establishing her own high-end fashion brand one day.

“I have always enjoyed three-dimensional design. When you are designing something like a lamp, a glass, or a goblet, you have to consider consumer use, production details, and technical skills,” said Bridget. “In fashion design, you use the same skills but also have to consider that the user is moving. It is a refreshing challenge to take everything I have learned and apply it to a moving, breathing, human being—to continue to solve problems in new ways.”

Bridget’s career exemplifies the many ways an artist manages to remain inspired as well as the many paths open to fine artists.

“What I appreciated most about my time at LSU was that I had teachers who encouraged me to find my own path and develop my own creative style,” Bridget recalled. “Having a design career helped me support my painting career. My background in fine arts and art history has opened many doors for me.”

“There are many paths to any given destination,” Bridget continued. “When applying for creative positions, having a less traditional background can often give you the advantage of appearing more unique than someone who followed an anticipated path. My fine arts training gave me that edge when seeking design positions, particularly in the early stages of my career. I built my future by showing potential clients only the kind of work I preferred to be hired to do and, therefore, was hired by clients who were interested in me because of the work that I had presented. Clients appreciated me as an artist and as a designer because of what I had to offer that was special.”

Bridget’s advice for aspiring artists is to “make sure you see every one of the visiting artists, writers, dancers, and musicians that your university, college, and school invite to exhibit, speak, or perform. Attend all of the lectures. The best way for you to assess the options that may be open to you is to see what other artists have done with their careers, to be inspired by them.”

She recalled having the rare opportunity to meet Jonathan Miller, a British opera director, who was invited by the honors program she was enrolled in while pursuing her BFA at Southern Illinois University.

“I was 17 years old and had never seen an opera. He invited me to rehearsals of operas he was directing that summer in Florence, Italy. I went, and it changed my life.”

Bridget encourages young artists to be open minded about what industries they may want to apply their skills to in the future and to embrace the opportunities that come their way throughout their lives.

“When I was in art school, I never thought that I would design dinnerware or enjoy traveling to factories, or end up working in fashion,” she laughed. “I wanted to be an artist, show my work in galleries, teach, and spend my summers in Italy. I love the work that I do, both as a fine artist and a designer, and I never want to have to give up either pursuit. My creative interests will continue to overlap, intertwine, and inspire each other indefinitely.”

View more of Bridget’s work at

Meet This Summer’s LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio Interns!

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LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio research fellows and summer 2015 interns

Graduates and undergraduate students from architecture, regional planning, landscape architecture, marine science, civil engineering, and more have come from across the U.S.—and the world!—to work in the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio(CSS) this summer.

Each summer, CSS, a transdisciplinary program of the College of Art & Design, College of Engineering, and School of the Coast & Environment, hires motivated students for full-time, paid summer internships. Graduate students and upper-level undergraduates from a range of fields collaborate on a variety of projects from visualizations, exhibit design, and design competitions to policy initiatives and communications that address a multitude of environmental challenges faced by vulnerable Gulf Coast communities.

This year, CSS hired 14 interns hailing from right here at LSU to other such prestigious universities as Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. Each student brings experiences from his or her university, region, community, and discipline, making for a lively dialogue. The interns work in teams on a number of ongoing projects in the studio. Under the direction of CSS’s team of research fellows and Associate Professor Jeff Carney, director of CSS, students are making significant contribution to coastal research and initiatives.

Summer 2015 interns include:

  • Monica Barra, a PhD candidate in anthropology at City University of New York;
  • Jessie Booth and Leandro Couto de Almeida, Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) candidates at Harvard Graduate School of Design (HGSD);
  • Giovanni Coakley, a Bachelor of Architecture candidate at LSU;
  • Chris He, an MLA candidate at University of California, Berkeley;
  • Maureen Jackson, a master’s candidate in community and regional planning at University of Oregon;
  • Matthew Ketterer, a rising senior in civil engineering at LSU;
  • Ran Liu, an MLA candidate at LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture;
  • Edward Nichol, master’s candidate of environmental studies/urban ecology and sustainable planning at York University in Toronto, Ontario;
  • Ana Orosco, Master of Architecture (MArch) candidate at the LSU School of Architecture;
  • Madeline Richard, an undergraduate studying renewable natural resources at LSU;
  • Jessamin Straub, third-year undergraduate studying marine science and specializing in marine geology at Coastal Carolina University;
  • Lilian Taylor, MArch candidate at HGSD; and
  • Sean Williams, master’s candidate in environmental science at LSU.

Visit for more information about the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio.

Graphic Design Students Pitch Design Campaigns to Lamar Advertising Executives

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The winner and the judges! From left: Chief Marketing Officer Thomas Teepell, Art Director Alise Johnson, winning student Kelli Jones, and Creative Director Mendi Lablanc Robinson

LSU graphic design students enrolled in Instructor Luisa Restrepo Perez’s digital imaging techniques course (ART 4553) recently had the opportunity to participate in a design competition for Lamar Advertising.

The students were instructed to create an advertising campaign to help sell ad space for Lamar Advertising. Each student created a campaign that included examples of digital billboard advertisements and complementary ads for placement on buses and at bus shelters.

The students had the opportunity to present their campaigns to Lamar Advertising executives at the firm’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana, location.

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Each student presented their campaign to a panel of Lamar Advertising executives.

“It was a great experience getting to present to professionals with such stature,” stated Amy Blacketter, a rising senior in the graphic design program at LSU.

Chief Marketing Officer Thomas Teepell, Creative Director Mendi Leblanc Robinson, and Art Director and LSU School of Art alumna Alise Johnson (BFA 2006) served as the jurors for the competition. Lamar will feature the winning student’s imagery in a real-life advertising campaign!

At the end of the day, Lamar executives chose Kelli Jones as the winner of the competition for her campaign, “Lamar is where you are.” The jurors mentioned three other students’ campaigns as their favorites: Amy Blacketter for “A-peelin’ advertising,” Bo Kim for “Where local comes to life,” and Chris Pinion for “6,451 x larger than social media.”


“It is a main priority in the LSU School of Art’s strategic plan to work with industry partners to offer our students professional opportunities and experiences,” said Kitty Pheney, director of new initiatives at the LSU School of Art. Pheney helped coordinate the competition with Lamar Advertising.

Learn more about Lamar Advertising at

View Kelli’s entire winning presentation, “Lamar is where you are”: