Professor Lynda Frese Selected as Inaugural Recipient of the Art for Shadows Program at the Shadows-on-the-Teche

September 22, 2014 by Travis Guillory  
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New Iberia, La. (June 26, 2014) – Visual artist and University of Louisiana at Lafayette 2013 Distinguished Professor Lynda Frese and traditional French Louisiana musician David Greely, founding fiddler of the Mamou Playboys, have been selected as artists in residence for the Art and Shadows program. The 12- month Art and Shadows program provides unique studio and performance space for one visual artist and one musician at the Shadows- on-the-Teche, a National Historic Landmark and historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in New Iberia, La.

While the National Trust has artist residencies at other locations in its portfolio of 27 historic sites, the Art and Shadows program represents a new prototype that brings visual artist and a performing artist into dialogue with one another during the residency. Art and Shadows, supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), demonstrates how innovative arts programming at historic sites can enhance their role

as community assets and increase cultural and economic impacts in their neighborhoods and regions. “During its storied history, the Shadows- on-the-Teche has influenced artists and innovators, such as Walt Disney and author Henry Miller, who visited the site” said Pat Kahle, director of Shadows-on-the-Teche. “I’m delighted that the site will continue to inspire new creative works through the Art and Shadows program and look forward to the results of having two artists here together.”

Lynda Frese and David Greely will create new works onsite that are inspired by both the location and the region’s history. They will leverage the site’s unique buildings, landscapes, and collections that document life in southern Louisiana in the 19th and 20th centuries. The artists Frese and Greely will also have access to non-traditional spaces at the Shadows-on-the-Teche, including a balcony tucked under the deep eaves of the Shadows and overlooking the Bayou Teche; an attic filled with books, artwork, clothing, and furnishings accumulated by the Weeks family over almost 200 years; and the intimate painting studio of Weeks Hall, where he entertained renowned actors, writers, and musicians in the early 20th century. (continued on next page)

Working on-site at the Shadows-on-the-Teche, Frese and Greely will engage the community in participatory experiences around the new works. Public programming will include workshops, lectures, master classes and concerts, culminating in a spring 2015 festival focusing on new works of visual art and the performance from the new musical works created during the residencies.

“I am delighted to be an Art & Shadows artist-in- residence and to have the opportunity to collaborate with one of my favorite musicians, David Greely,” says Frese. “In the artworks I make about the Shadows, I want to honor the history and memory of the site’s community, both the enslaved peoples and the planter families, as well as the land itself. I am using wonderful pictures of the plantation and people from the Shadow’s archives, and my own photographs of its children’s clothing, household items, and sugar cane fields near the Bayou Teche. In my photo collage paintings, I am creating narratives that are open to interpretation for each viewer. My hope is to facilitate the exploration of our relationships with history, memory and nature.“

About the Arts & Shadows Program The Arts & Shadows program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Its goal is to demonstrate how innovative arts programming at historic sites such as the Shadows can increase their cultural and economic impacts in both their neighborhoods and regions. Over the course of the next year Lynda Frese, a visual artist and David Greely, a performing artist, will work onsite at the Shadows, dialoguing with one another and the public as they create a series of new artworks that will be the centerpiece of the Arts & Shadows Celebration, scheduled for April 11, 2015.

For more information about The Shadows-on-the- Teche, visit For more information about the artists-in- residence, visit and About the National Trust for Historic Preservation The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.

Professor Lyda Frese has also completed her artist-in-residency at Ginestrelle, Italy this last July.

Here is her artist statement about the work she completed there: “Being here at Ginestrelle we are surrounded by the spirits of the ancient forest, and also by strong spiritual traditions and teachings. In my project, Divine Plant Kingdoms in Antiquity, the animals, plants and birds speak to us, and like Saint Francis, we wonder how our stories can fit our memorable encounters with the natural world. In my photo collage work, I use images from historic and pre- historic times and places and then circle them with plants that are animated with holy spirits. My work suggests narratives about our ancient cultures, and presents ways we may contemplate and honor the mysteries in nature. On top of these collages I paint with egg tempera, using eggs from the local farm and colored powdered pigments mined from different earth sites. In these images, I use violet hematite, lapis lazuli, blue verditer and Italian raw umber.” —Lynda Frese

Frese was also named as the 2013 Distinguished Professor.

To learn more about Frese and to view some of her work, visit

Grammy Award-Winning New York Voices Coming To Campus

February 11, 2014 by Will Harrison  
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On February 21, Angelle Hall will be alive with jazz vocals and swinging big band sounds when New York Voices appears with the UL Jazz Ensemble.  As the Grammy Award-winning vocal quartet wraps up their 25th Anniversary Tour, they will join forces with UL’s 20-piece big band.  NYV has traveled the globe, amazing audiences the world over with their impeccable voices, close harmonies, and stunning arrangements.  Appearances have included jazz festivals, the Boston Pops, and even the Count Basie Band.

With harmonies reminiscent of the Hi Lo’s, The Four Freshmen, and Manhattan Transfer, the group and their diverse repertoire remain unique.  UL band members are hard at work on nine great tunes, ranging from Miles Davis & Louis Prima to Stevie Wonder & Paul Simon.  During their 3-day visit, NYV will also conduct clinics & master classes on campus.  Sponsors are the UL Concert Series, Friends of the Humanities, SGA Lyceum & Faculty Development Grants, College of the Arts, UL Band & Choral Depts.

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 21 at Angelle Auditorium.  All UL students & faculty are free, with general admission tickets at $10 or $5 for students/seniors.

Architecture Graduate Student’s entry in 2013 TerraCycle “Box that Rocks” national competition was chosen as the “Most Creative Entry” 

November 25, 2013 by Will Harrison  
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Karla Contreras' entry was revealed during the Green Apple Day of Service, a national effort to "transform schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places where students . . .  can be inspired to dream of brighter future," and marked the beginning of a long term recycling effort and partnership between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Child Development Center and the UL Office of Sustainability.
The TerraCycle Brigade Program collects and reuses non-recyclable post-consumer waste.
Contreras' win earned the CDC 50,000 points, points that can be used to acquire TerraCycle upcycled products or can be redeemed for $500.00.
"This collection bin’s design intent is the concept of a weeble wobble that will wobble but not fall down. The outer shell has been created from upcycled two ply cardboard and the inner shell has been lined with wrappers of the different brigades being collected such as juice pouches, diaper bags, and cheese wrappers."

Fletcher Hall Renovations To Begin In December

October 30, 2013 by Will Harrison  
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Work will begin soon to renovate Joel L. Fletcher Hall. The three-story building on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus houses the School of Architecture and Design and the Department of Visual Arts and the College of the Arts’ Media Center.

The low bidder for the $3.8 million, state-funded project was M.D. Descant Inc.

“We expect to sign a contract as soon as possible,” said Bill Crist, director of Facilities Management for the University. The renovation is expected to begin in December and be complete by the end of next year.

Ziler Architects, the firm that designed the project, received input from students, faculty and alumni.

Fletcher Hall opened in 1977. The original design called for its interior atrium to be covered in glass, but because of budget constraints, it was built with an open-air courtyard instead. Years of exposure to rain have resulted in extensive water damage.

The renovation project will correct leaks and add 20,000 square feet of educational space to the second floor.

The first-floor exterior walls will be repaired, cleaned, weatherproofed and coated to complement new metal panels that will be used on the exterior of the upper floors.

A sprinkler and fire-alarm system will also be added to the building.

Crist said classes will continue to be held in the building during the renovation. “Obviously, that’s going to present some challenges, but the end result will be a much-improved facility that will serve students in the years to come,” he added.

The building is named for the University’s third president, Joel Lafayette Fletcher, who served from 1941 to 1966. – See more at:

The Art of Architecture Exhibit On Display Until December 6th

October 21, 2013 by Will Harrison  
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The Art Of Architecture exhibit is on display on the 2nd floor in the Dean’s Gallery from now until December 6th. Students are encouraged to stop by and view the exhibit. The exhibit is the work of Holly & Smith Architects and features the use of art to create the architecture. The closing reception will be held December 6th from 1 to 3pm.

UNIV100: First Year Success

November 8, 2012 by Will Harrison  
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UNIV100 is an university-wide first-year seminar for all incoming freshmen that is offered as a 2 credit-hour interactive experience. Several professors in the College of the Arts underwent training this summer in order to lead the freshmen through the course. Robert Willey of the School of Music and Performing Arts was one of those professors. “The excellent training that Theresa Wozencraft and her colleagues gave us over the summer was a big boost, and made me rethink how I teach the rest of my classes,” said Willey.

Dr. J. Denise John from the School of Architecture and Design has received a lot of positive feedback from students. “I feel that it has helped me identify a few students who needed resource access who might not have otherwise known about them,” John states. “I feel that it may help the students be more successful in the long run.”

Overall, UNIV100 has been a success for both faculty and students. While the students are given the opportunity to become better acquainted with their University, the faculty are given the chance to connect early on with incoming freshmen.

“I am enjoying teaching UNIV100,” says Willey. “I think the content that has been developed is very relevant for the students, and they seem to understand how it will help them succeed in college and beyond. It is a lot of information, but they can come back to the topics and gradually incorporate it over time, such as in budgeting, note taking, studying, time management, using the library, career planning, and getting along with classmates and faculty.”

UNIV100 class doing their Service Learning Project

For more information on the Office of the First-Year Experience, visit or email Theresa Wozencraft at

Little Libraries

November 7, 2012 by Will Harrison  
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Professor Hector LaSala explains the “Little Libraries” project. Watch the video and view the pictures.

UL Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Halloween Concert

October 15, 2012 by Will Harrison  
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Adults and little ones alike will get into the Halloween spirit when the UL-Lafayette Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Blaney presents its Annual Halloween Concert. Tuesday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Angelle Hall Auditorium. Orchestra members will be wearing costumes and the audience is encouraged to show up in their favorite Halloween costumes.  Musical highlights of this year’s concert include: James Bond, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Danse Macabre and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. The orchestra will also present a world premiere performance of Eric Sharp’s Renegade Convergence featuring the UL Dance Department. It’s a great way to celebrate the holiday in a fun and entertaining way.

Admission is $8 for adults, FREE for 17 and younger, FREE for all UL students, faculty, and staff with I.D. All proceeds benefit the UL-Lafayette Orchestra Program. For more information call the UL School of Music at (337) 482-6012 or visit to view information about all upcoming performances.

A Summer in Paris

September 5, 2012 by Will Harrison  
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UL Art students took a semester abroad this Summer in Paris, France to study as well as site see the historic city. Check out our Facebook Page for more pictures from the trip.

College of the Art’s Animation named Best in South!

August 27, 2012 by Will Harrison  
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Animation Career Review has made a list and compiled the top 20 Best Animation Programs in the South and UL’s Animation program has made the list. Congratulations to our staff for helping us make such an incredible program! Click the link below to review the article.

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