LSU Art Students Create Sculptures for LSU Museum of Art’s Space Exhibition

LSU art students in the class of Loren Schwerd, associate professor of art, created sculptures displayed with LSU Museum of Art’s exhibition Fierce Planets. The students designed and installed the sculpture series Corridors inspired by the cosmos and the Fierce Planets theme. The installation is on view alongside Fierce Planets April 18-July 28.

LSU School of Art students Sierra Beverly, Dylan Burchett, Anna Clark, Cole Clark, Astrid Guerrero, Bailey Hernandez, Meagan Moore, and Taylor Williams worked collaboratively to develop the pieces.

Corridors is a network of suspended knitted tunnels that traverse the exhibition space, contrasting the direct route the viewer must travel below. The project takes inspiration from the Einstein-Rosen Bridge theory that proposes the existence of bridges or wormholes that join distant points in the universe, effecting a short cut through the fabric of space-time. The walls of the narrow passage are reimagined as the surface of the space-time continuum. The circular entry and exit points of the tunnels suggest portals curving in to connect two inaccessible destinations.

“My objective was to impart professional artist practices through the realization of a student-conceived, site-based, thematic installation that engages audiences extending beyond the School of Art,” Schwerd said. “I think the experience succeeded at provided a model for performing interdisciplinary research, testing materials and methods, and preparing a persuasive visual presentation of their proposed design. Working collaboratively, while not always easy, required them to develop effective methods for sharing ideas and practical information that was critical for meeting their tight deadline amidst their busy, misaligned schedules.”

In fall 2023 Michelle Shulte, senior curator at LSU Museum of Art, inquired if any students might be interested in creating a new work that explores the themes of the exhibition, Schwerd said. She decided to build a spring semester soft-sculpture class around the opportunity, giving the chance for art students to develop works to be displayed in a museum.

The juried exhibition Fierce Planets features fiber art inspired by the work of Dr. Sabine Stanley, the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Space Exploration Sector of the Applied Physics Lab, and author of the book, What’s Hidden Inside Planets. Responding to a call from the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA), artists from across the globe designed forty-two intricate objects inspired by planets and space. Their interpretations vary wildly, and include traditional quilts, fabric assemblages, and soft sculptures made using a variety of materials and techniques. Objects and artifacts from LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and Geology and Geophysics, including a tile from a Space Shuttle and meteorites, accompany the artwork, allowing the viewer to glean a deeper appreciation and knowledge of space and the formation of planets, according to the LSU Museum of Art.

The LSU School of Art routinely partners with the LSU Museum of Art to give students and faculty learning opportunities in a museum setting. Learn more.

Watch: Corridors walk through, via The Baton Rouge Advocate


Joni Hammons Named the 2024-25 Marie Bickham Chair

Joni HammonsJoni Hammons, PLA, has been named the 2024-25 Marie Bickham Chair in Landscape Architecture of the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. She is currently the undergraduate coordinator of the school, teaching and working with landscape architecture students.

Hammons is a landscape architect whose practice centers on making quality planning and design services accessible to under-resourced communities. Her work is rooted in the American South and seeks to generate environmental, social, and economic benefits through landscape interventions. A focus on resilience planning and climate adaptation is woven throughout her work, and she has led the development of climate adaptation resources and decision support tools at the community and state scales. She has previously held positions in the private and non-profit sectors and brings a collaborative spirit to her role as faculty.

“I enjoy the creative license of the design studio–guiding the students through projects that stretch their understanding of landscape architecture and ask them to think critically about their impact as designers,” she said. “It has also been a pleasure getting to know current and prospective students in my role as Undergraduate Coordinator!”

This semester she is teaching a third year undergraduate (BLA) landscape architecture studio that’s focused on community design. The students are developing a master plan to transform a 13-acre vacant rice mill property in Abbeville, Louisiana into a vibrant community hub. This project introduces the students to complex design challenges like meeting current and future community needs, interpreting historic resources, and building connections to regional assets, she said.

“I am also co-teaching a capstone studio for our fifth year undergraduate landscape architecture students—the final studio in the curriculum that allows students to pursue a project of their own design. The capstone studio has been a fun challenge as there is such a wide range in the scope, scale, and interest of the projects selected by the students.”

Hammons holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy and a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from Louisiana State University, where she received an ASLA Certificate of Honor, was named a University Olmsted Scholar, was awarded the Dean’s Medal, and was the inaugural Chair of the National Student Advisory Committee to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Learn more about the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture.

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 of landscape architecture 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 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 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 2022-2023 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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