Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition

April 20, 2012 by Will Harrison  
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The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition went on display from Thursday, April 19th through Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.

Twenty-five graduating seniors participated in the exhibition, representing concentrations in Ceramics, Computer Animation, Graphic Design, Media, Metalwork and Jewelry, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking. The two-semester Senior Project course sequence is the capstone experience in the Visual Arts Department.

Community Day Provided Art Workshops for All Ages

February 27, 2012 by Fawn Roy  
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The UL Lafayette College of the Arts hosted Community Day on Saturday March 24 as part of the 2012 Festival of the Arts.  Community Day combined activities from the Department of Visual Arts and the School of Music & Performing Arts.  It was a great chance for children and adults of all ages to participate in workshops on various art techniques, to receive free musical instruction and demonstration, and to participate in musical jam sessions.

Other offerings of Community Day included live music on the grounds, a bake sale, face painting, and games.

Multiple Sights Auction

February 17, 2012 by Fawn Roy  
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As part of the Festival of the Arts there was an auction for a collection of works by UL Lafayette Visual Arts faculty. Included in the portfolio were one of a kind artworks.

To view more artworks from the portfolio you can visit http://rabbleauction.tumblr.com/

The winning ticket was drawn the opening night of the reception. The winner received the entire portfolio of art: one 9×12” artwork by
each faculty member.

UL Lafayette Students Contribute to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Pt. II

August 9, 2011 by Fawn Roy  
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The blockbuster movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. II, in theaters now has a Ragin’ Cajun connection. Several UL Lafayette graduates of the Department of Visual Arts and a current student helped with 3-D production of the film.

Jordan Alphonso graduated from UL Lafayette in 2009 with a concentration in computer animation. He’s a Lead Artist with Pixel Magic, a Los Angeles based visual effects firm.

Alphonso works in the company’s satellite office in the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise in University Research Park.  He and the team of UL Lafayette graduates and a current student converted about 24 minutes of the final film from 2D to 3D.

“ We had our hands on about 420 shots from the movie, but due to it still being in post-production while we were working, about 95 or so of our shots were edited out of the film,” he said.

He explained a little about the conversion process. “For a movie to be released in 3D, you have to have two films that are exactly the same except shot from two slightly different angles (mimicking what the human eye sees),” he said. “What those silly glasses do is separate your eyes so that your left eye can only see the left film and your right eye can only see the right film, giving the illusion that it is in 3D.”

The conversion process comes in when the film is shot with only one camera. “A visual effects house like Pixel Magic takes the one camera shot and creates two new images based off the information that is given from the one camera,” Alphonso said.

He noted that as many as 21 artists worked on the film. That’s double the staff at the firm’s Los Angeles office. All were working on 3D conversion.

“The computer animation program within the College of the Arts at UL Lafayette came in handy and helped us meet our deadline with the show,” he said. “Since most of the artists were well-versed on the computer, we were able to shorten the training and have them jump into work quicker.”

UL Lafayette graduates who worked on the conversion include: Patrick Trahan, Adam Prejean, Donald Gremillion II, Hal Moore, Adam Folse, Tyler Broussard, Jacob Kebodeaux, Mendsaikhan Tsolmon, Scarlett Hanks, Trista Medine and Michael Rung. J. Thomas Wilson, a current UL Lafayette student, also worked with Pixel Magic on this project.

Lynda Frese to Release “Pacha Mama: earth realm”

May 17, 2011 by Fawn Roy  
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Lynda Frese, will be releasing her book Pacha Mama: earth realm this summer with the support of an ATLAS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant.  The book will include 30 artworks, Sanskrit prayers, essays about nature from noted healers Kathi von Koerber and Michele Baker, and poetry written for this project by Darrell Bourque, Louisiana’s poet laureate.

In the Pacha Mama: earth realm series, Lynda Frese uses her own photography (digital and film-based) and other found printed material and combines these with egg tempera painting. Most of the works are on birch-wood and are the size of large books. Transparent layers of antique pigments from Northern Italy, once used to repair church frescoes, are painted over the printed collage images. The powdered pigments from the earth are mixed with egg yolks, providing an organic connection with a specific ecological community.

Lynda Frese’s Pacha Mama: earth realm series imagines a set of religious iconography using ideas borrowed from the Italian Renaissance and comments upon indigenous ideas about the “end time,” a prophecy shared by many cultures about the end of the natural cycle that is upon us. The series draws on these sources to examine the popular meme of the apocalypse and its archtypal images of destruction and rebirth. The work recognizes how Nature teaches us, feeds us, cleans us and mends us throughout time. Combining beliefs about the apocalypse of the feminine earth with equally surreal and enigmatic images of the Virgin Mother Mary, the artist rediscovers the root meaning of the word apocalypse as the “uncovering.” The Saints and the Nature Spirits join forces with the South American earth goddess Pachamama. She appears as a divine entity, warming us, warning us, offering redemption, and proffering enchantment.

The series Pacha Mama: earth realm will be presented at Red Bud Galley in Houston, Texas in May and at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana in November, 2011.

Frese is currently a BORSF endowed Professor of Art at UL Lafayette.

Opening Reception Saturday, May 7, 6-8pm.

Pacha Mama: earth realm by Lynda Frese

May 7 – 29, 2011

Red Bud Gallery

303 East 11th Street, Houston, TX

713-862-2532

Lynda Frese Receives ATLAS Grant

September 28, 2010 by Fawn Roy  
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Artist Lynda Frese from the UL Lafayette Department of Visual Arts was awarded an ATLAS (Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant for the publication of her art book Pacha Mama: Earth Realm.  The series explores archetypes of the apocalypse, rebirth and our relationships with Nature, using photography and egg tempera painting.  Contributors include Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque, Indigenous-based healer Kathi Von Koerber and Yogi Michele Baker.

This series imagines a set of religious iconography using ideas borrowed from the Italian Renaissance and commenting upon the ancient Mayan calendar, exploring themes of destruction/rebirth and the root meaning of the word apocalypse as the uncovering. The Saints and the Nature Spirits join forces with the South American goddess Pachamama (meaning “earth world” in the Quechua language). She appears as a divine entity, warming us, warning us, offering redemption, proffering enchantment.

The works were created at art colonies in Northern Italy, at the American Academy in Rome, and in Central America as well as in the artist’s studio in South Louisiana. Transparent layers of antique pigments from 19thC Northern Italy, once used to repair church frescoes, are painted over her photographic images and found prints.  The powdered pigments from the earth are mixed with egg yolks, providing an inherently organic connection with living animals and specific bio-region of the studio.  The egg tempera on the printed imagery forms a waxy, delicate skin and takes up to a year to cure.

Frese’s book, Pacha Mama: Earth Realm, will be published in the fall of 2011.

Lynda Frese Receives ATLAS Grant

September 22, 2010 by Fawn Roy  
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Artist Lynda Frese from the UL Lafayette Department of Visual Arts was awarded an ATLAS (Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant for the publication of her art book Pacha Mama: Earth Realm.  The series explores archetypes of the apocalypse, rebirth and our relationships with Nature, using photography and egg tempera painting.  Contributors include Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque, Indigenous-based healer Kathi Von Koerber and Yogi Michele Baker.

This series imagines a set of religious iconography using ideas borrowed from the Italian Renaissance and commenting upon the ancient Mayan calendar, exploring themes of destruction/rebirth and the root meaning of the word apocalypse as the uncovering. The Saints and the Nature Spirits join forces with the South American goddess Pachamama (meaning “earth world” in the Quechua language). She appears as a divine entity, warming us, warning us, offering redemption, proffering enchantment.

The works were created at art colonies in Northern Italy, at the American Academy in Rome, and in Central America as well as in the artist’s studio in South Louisiana. Transparent layers of antique pigments from 19thC Northern Italy, once used to repair church frescoes, are painted over her photographic images and found prints.  The powdered pigments from the earth are mixed with egg yolks, providing an inherently organic connection with living animals and specific bio-region of the studio.  The egg tempera on the printed imagery forms a waxy, delicate skin and takes up to a year to cure.

Frese’s book, Pacha Mama: Earth Realm, will be published in the fall of 2011.

Department of Visual Arts: A Year of Visual Achievements

August 31, 2010 by Fawn Roy  
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2009-2010 Achievements from the Department of Visual Arts: Prof. Brian Kelly was named a Distinguished Professor based upon his extraordinary creative output, development of the printmaking program, and leadership. Prof. Lynda Frese was awarded a grant from the Awards To Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) Program for an international publishing project, PachaMama, exploring overlapping ideas about the apocalypse, rebirth and the natural world.

Profs. Jeff Lush, Kevin Hagan, Jamie Baldridge, Adjunct Prof. James Tancill, and twelve graphic design students received a total of eight silver and six gold Addy Awards from the District competition of the American Advertising Federation. Lush and Tancill continued in the Addy competition and received a joint national award in May, 2010.

Profs. Chad Aldridge, John Gargano, Aimee Howard and students teamed up for intercollaborative demonstrations of 3-D Arts during the College’s Festival of the Arts. Prof. Aimee Howard was commissioned by UL Lafayette President E. Joseph Savoie to create a new presidential medallion for formal academic occasions.

Prof. Chyrl Savoy (Head of Visual Arts, August, 2009) won ‘Best of Show’ at the 1st Marjorie Morrison Sculpture Biennial (Hammond). Other works were exhibited globally by: Prof. Brian Kelly (Canada, U.S.); Prof. Alan Jones (Canada); Prof. Scot Sinclair (Great Britain); Prof. Jamie Baldridge (Netherlands, Spain); Prof. David Dubose (Spain, New Orleans); Prof. Kevin Hagan (Peru, Bolivia); Prof. Steve Breaux (Canada); Prof. John Hathorn (Dallas); Prof. David Webber (New Orleans); Prof. Aimee Howard (Lawrence KS); Prof. John Gargano (Lubbock TX); Prof. Lestat Alexander (Laredo TX); Prof. Yeon Choi (Los Angeles).

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Chyrl Savoy, M.F.A.

Head, Department of Visual Arts

James Tancill and Jeff Lush Win National ADDY Award

August 26, 2010 by Fawn Roy  
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James Tancill and Jeffrey Lush (VIAR) were recipients of a National Silver ADDY Award for the category, “Special Effects, Video or Film,” at the American Advertising Federation’s ADDY Award ceremony in Orlando on June 12. According to the AAF, the ADDY Awards “honor excellence in advertising and cultivate the highest creative standards…It is the largest creative awards competition in the advertising industry.”

The animated video, “Preservation Hall Hot 4: St. James Infirmary (King Britt Remix),” which uses Betty-Boop style animation to tell the New Orleans story contained in the recording by King Britt and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  The award-winning video may be viewed on YouTube as well as Apple’s iTunes store.