Glassell Gallery, LSU School of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, downtown Baton Rouge, November 14 –December 13, Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.:  Reception, Sunday, November 15, 6-8 p.m.

Juxtaposing portraits of prisoners, urbanscapes, and poetry, photographer Deborah Luster created Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish and collaborated with writer C.D. Wright on the One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana exhibition project to create awareness for the realities of incarceration and street violence.  The images and words reveal an aspect of existence on the fringes of society which is far removed from the distorted and often romanticized notions projected by the media.  As the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. School of Art Endowed Lecture for 2009, C.D. Wright will give a reading of her poems on November 15th, at 5:00 p.m., in the Old State Capitol Building.

Deborah Luster, Photographs

11/15/09 - 12/13/09

Two venues: United Way Offices, 700 Laurel Street, Downtown Baton Rouge, November 6 –December 4, Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Atrium, Design Building, LSU Campus, November 6 –December 4, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.:

A two-part exhibition featuring forty educational panels showing how visual artists from Renaissance Europe to present-day Baton Rouge have used their powers to make populations living on the fringes of society visible, to encourage social change, and to inspire hope. A digital billboard installed along with the panels will provide audiences with the opportunity for multi-media interactivity. Curated by LSU art history students and Prof. Darius Spieth during fall semester 2009.  Contact Joe Givens at (501) 428-3278 or email at givens@lsu.edu for more details regarding these exhibits.

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Invisible Populations in Art

11/6/09 - 12/4/09

Presented by the LSU Student Union Art Gallery Committee in Foster Hall Gallery, LSU Campus,
November 6 –December 4, Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Reception celebration on Friday, November 6, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Construction of an Art Wall Sculpture at Foster Hall Gallery, Sunday, November 8, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

A survey of Louisiana ‘Lowbrow,’ street, or underground art (painting, sculpture, fabric design, etc.), highlighting the diversity of influences on the genre ranging from cartoons, youth culture, graffiti, and hot rods, to Surrealism. Participating artists include Charles Barbier, Matt Bourgeois, Patrick Brabham, Demond, Marc Fresh, Icon, Ryan Jetten, Jonathan Mayers, Hunter Roth, Christopher Smith, Alan Watson. Curated by Darius Spieth.

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Notes From the Artistic Underground

9/4/09 - 10/4/09

LSU Glassell Gallery features Master Artist from The School of Just Being Myself. The LSU School of Art presents: Robert Joy: Rare Vision. The exhibition will run from September 5th through October 4th, 2009 with an opening reception on Saturday, September 5 from 6-8pm. All events are free and open to the public.

The gallery space will be transformed into a visual wonderland featuring the colorful, complex and deeply honest drawings and paintings of artist Robert Joy. This art installation will celebrate the unique and rare vision of an artist committed to creating work that is direct, profound and unfettered. The vibrant color and obsessive detail is witty and compelling and also very inviting. Joy creates new work constantly and is extraordinarily prolific. As an exciting extra bonus, not only will Robert Joy be available for conversation at the opening reception on Saturday, September 5, from 6-8pm but the artist will be in the gallery September 8-9, drawing new works to add to the exhibition. Viewers are welcome and encouraged to join him: pick up a crayon or marker and draw your own masterpieces!

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Robert Joy, Rare Vision

9/4/09 - 10/4/09