ELECTION HUMOURS: PRINTS BY WILLIAM HOGARTH

AUGUST 20 - OCTOBER 22, 2016

To celebrate our nation's upcoming presidential election, the Meadows hosts an exhibit of five politically-themed art works from our permanent collection by Hogarth (1697-1764), the father of modern political cartooning. Included is his print "The Politician" (above) and his four-part series Humours of an Election, satirizing a corrupt British election of 1754.

 

BIRDS OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT: PREDECESSORS AND RIVALS OF J.J. AUDUBON

OCTOBER 16, 2016 - JANUARY 31, 2017
Curated by Dr. Thomas Puryear

Despite his great fame, John James Audubon was not the first to produce crisp and accurate images of birds for sale to an increasingly curious public. His monumental work was indebted to earlier artist-scientists, starting with late Italian Renaissance pioneers in ornithology to his own Victorian contemporaries. These less well-known artists, the main subject of this exhibition, were fueled by curiosity and incredible voyages of discovery. They documented and classified nature accurately, contributing to advances in both science and art.

Guest Curator Tom Puryear has assembled a collection of over 90 woodcuts, hand-colored engravings, and lithographs from both sides of the Atlantic to reveal the many illustrated publications that preceded and then competed for attention with Audubon’s efforts. (Photo at right: Engraver Robert Bénard, c. 1788; Collection of Dr. Puryear.)

 

NINE BIRDS BY DON BROWN

OCTOBER 16, 2016 - JANUARY 31, 2017

In conjunction with Dr. Puryear's "Birds of the Enlightenment" exhibition, the Meadows Museum will exhibit nine watercolors by Don Brown (1899-1958) from the Meadows' Permanent Collection, created for Centenary's Biology Department when Brown was the Chair of the Art Department. (Photo at right: Ivory-Billed Woodpecker by Don Brown, 1943.)

 

ACCEPTABLE LOSSES BY THE CRITICAL ART ENSEMBLE

OCTOBER 24, 2016 - JANUARY 22, 2017

Which deaths matter? Which ones activate? "Acceptable Losses" statistically examines causes of American deaths to question why some sacrifices are more "acceptable" than others, and raises awareness about the veteran suicide epidemic. It contrasts how a few deaths can lead to nationwide product recalls, while tens of thousands of deaths can occur from other causes, such as suicide or car accidents, before the problem is addressed through public policy.

Internationally renowned arts collective Critical Art Ensemble has been focused on exploring the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism worldwide since 1987. The group has exhibited and performed at diverse venues internationally, ranging from the street, to the museum, to the internet. Museum exhibitions include the Whitney Museum and the New Museum in NYC; the Corcoran Museum in Washington D.C.; the ICA, London; the MCA, Chicago; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and the London Museum of Natural History.

 

A NIGHT OF VERSES: POETRY READING BY JERICHO BROWN

NOVEMBER 3, 2016 • 6:30 pm

A Shreveport native, Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New RepublicThe New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor in English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta.

 

LIGHTNINGSTRUCK: A READING & BOOK SIGNING WITH ASHLEY MACE HAVIRD

DECEMBER 1, 2016 • 5:30 pm

Join us as Shreveport author Ashley Mace Havird stops by the Meadows during her national book tour with her new novel Lightningstruck, winner of the Ferrol Sams Award. She is a recipient of a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and has published three collections of poems, The Garden of the Fugitives, which won the X. J. Kennedy Prize, Sleeping with Animals, and Dirt Eaters, which won the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Prize. Her poems and short stories have appeared in many journals including ShenandoahThe Southern Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and in anthologies such as The Southern Poetry Anthology, IV: Louisiana and Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry. Books will be available to purchase.

"When 11-year-old Etta McDaniel’s horse is struck by lightning, he not only survives but—along with Etta's shell-shocked grandfather, the family's African American housekeeper, and the widow of a Mohawk chief—initiates her into the world of 'action and liability' as the Civil Rights Movement takes hold in Etta's rural South."

 

SHADES OF DESPUJOLS: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF COLOR IN THE WORK OF JEAN DESPUJOLS

NOVEMBER 6, 2016 - APRIL 12, 2017

This exhibition highlights work from the Meadows' own Indochina Collection of Jean Despujols. As an academically trained French painter, Despujols received rigorous, formal training in the use of color. Centenary biology, neuroscience, and psychology students will partner with art, communication, and design students to teach the public about the role of color in both perception and art, while showcasing Despujols' beautiful, bold paintings.

 

A PILGRIM'S SKETCHBOOK: LEE BAXTER DAVIS

FEBRUARY 11 - APRIL 29, 2017

Texas native Lee Baxter Davis cannot remember when he first started making pictures. When he was three, his grandfather showed him how to draw chickens. This opened the door to the possibility of art and the "picture show" of the mind—the making of such was and is his avocation.

Mr. Davis's prints and drawings have been exhibited throughout the nation including CUE in NYC. They are included in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Houston's Contemporary Museum of Art, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Art in Little Rock, and the Haas Private Museum and Gallery in Munich, Germany. His work has been reviewed in Nat. Brut and Art Lies, and on "Hungry Hyena" and "Art Cal." In 2009, Mr. Davis was one of four artists representing the four major geographical areas of Texas in Austin's Texas Biennial. (Image at right: Lee Baxter Davis, Kidnapped Birds, 30" x 22", 2014.)

 

PICTURE SHOW OF THE MIND: A TRIBUTE TO THE TEACHINGS OF LEE BAXTER DAVIS

FEBRUARY 11 - APRIL 23, 2017
Conceived by Mark Burt

A legend in the classroom, Lee Baxter Davis taught fine art graphics at East Texas State University (now Texas A & M Commerce) for over thirty years and was chairman of printmaking. His talents and teachings inspired generations of artists throughout the U.S. This group show is the companion to his retrospective and features art by Mr. Davis's former students, from the original "Lizard Cult" artists of the 1970s through students he inspired until his retirement in 2004. Mr. Davis's artistic progeny have since inspired others; works by artists taught by Mr. Davis's students reveal his indelible impact and will also be exhibited. Participating artists include Steven Barker, Mark Burt, JooYoung Choi, Thomas Clark, Georganne Deen, Steve Fuqua, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Ric Heitzman, Lawrence Lee, Greg Metz, Jeffrey Miranda, Robyn O'Neil, Gary Panter, Leslie Pippen, Christian Schumann, Katherine Taylor, and Joachim West. (Image at right: Georganne Deen, World w/o End, oil on muslin, 24" x 18", 2012.)

 

"PROBLEM SOLVING THE REAL WORLD" WITH PHOTOGRAPHER LUKE EDMONSON

MARCH 21 • 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Master photographer and Centenary alumnus Luke Edmonson (class of 1997) will offer inspirational advice for art students to professional photographers alike. He explains, "I'm an artist cleverly disguised as an entrepreneur who believes in pursuing excellence. I've had my share of successes and failures and I'd love to encourage your dreams." He will provide heartfelt tips and stories about becoming successful in the art world while sharing his mesmerizing, award-winning photography.

Edmonson was named International Photographer of the Year from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and PPA Diamond Photographer of the Year, and has received Kodak Gallery & Fuji Masterpiece Awards. He won a Fellowship from the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP). In the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Honors of Excellence program, Edmonson is currently a Double Master. He is a Co-Founder and graduate of WPPI-C, the industry's first of its kind certification for wedding & portrait photographers. He is a two-time President of the Dallas Professional Photographer Association and currently sits on the board of the Texas Professional Photographers Association.

See his beautiful work here.