WET – a group exhibition of recent alumni

The UNO-St. Claude Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition “WET,” a group exhibition focused on liquid relief for one of our hotter months in the sweaty Crescent City. The artists in this exhibition demonstrate the damp in a wide variety of mediums and attitudes, from wishful-thinking pleasure-romps in the swamp to unrelenting evaporation under the buzz of a desperate air-conditioning unit.

Works will include photography, video, installation, drawings, sculpture, and painting. This self-curated exhibition features current and recent graduates from the University of New Orleans Fine Arts Department. Exhibiting artists include Kevin Baer, Vanessa Centeno, Jason Christopher Childers, Valerie Corradetti, Robyn Denny, David Hassell, Peter Hoffman, Sylvia Santamaria, Natalie Tobacyk, Bradford Willingham, and Ryn Wilson.

David Hassel, snail on proust on tissue, 2014, digital photograph

David Hassell, snail on proust on tissue box, 2014, digital photograph

The gallery will hold an opening reception on Saturday, July 12, from 6-9 p.m. The exhibition will run from July 12 – August 3, 2014. Regular gallery hours are 12-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Awakening / Free for the Taking

Visual Arts League, the student art organization at the UNO Department of Fine Arts, teamed up with Untitled, the student art organization at Loyola, to implement a juried exhibition open to students enrolled in local institutions of higher education at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels.  Each organization chose a juror – Amy Mackie for Untitled and Alex Podesta for VAL.

Mackie’s exhibit, titled “Awakening,” was held at PARSE Gallery and included 14 artists and 16 works; Podesta’s exhibit, titled “Free for the Taking,” was held at UNO-St. Claude Gallery and included 15 artists and 19 works.

Each juror assigned a Juror’s Award and two honorable mentions to works included in their exhibitions. At Parse, Amy Mackie’s awards went to Caleb Henderson (Tulane, graduate student) for his charcoal on canvas painting titled Awakening (juror’s award). Amelia Broussard (Loyola, undergraduate student) won an honorable mention for her wall-size collage, and Brandon Xuereb (University of New Orleans, undergraduate student) won an honorable mention for digital photographs titled Tyvek and Grassway to Heaven.  At UNO-St. Claude, Podesta awarded Caleb Henderson with the juror’s prize for Transfer, a charcoal on canvas painting.  Revel Griffith (UNO, undergraduate) won an honorable mention for his mixed-media sculpture, Chicken Dinner, and Del Agnew (Loyola, undergraduate) won for his kinetic sculpture, Elvis C(l)ock. Ian Cessna (UNO, undergraduate) received the joint VAL/Untitled award for his digital video titled Beware the Bearcat.

The shows ran through the month of June, and each exhibition was debuted with an opening reception – Parse on June 7, and UNO-St. Claude on June 14.

Final Spring MFA Thesis Exhibitions! Corbin R. Wayne Covher’s “Material Lifespan” and Darel Joseph’s “Redd Hott Fiyah”


The UNO-St. Claude Gallery is excited to announce the opening of two MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Corbin R. Wayne Covher’s “Material Lifespan” and Darel Joseph’s “Redd Hott Fiyah.” In his sculpture, Covher seeks to heighten mundane materials such as concrete and foam through his intuitive, experimental, and evolving studio practice. In her work, Joseph explores performance through the lens of collage, a medium that she feels appropriately mirrors her diverse cultural heritage. 

The exhibits will be held concurrently, from May 10– June 8, 2014. Opening receptions will be held May 10 from 6-9 p.m. The gallery is located at 2429 St. Claude Ave. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 p.m.



Corbin R. Wayne Covher, deformed, concrete and blue foam, 2014
Darel Joseph, Untitled Infinity, Photography, installation, collage, 2014

UNO-St. Claude Gallery to host Master of Fine Arts Exhibitions



The UNO-St. Claude Gallery is pleased to announce two concurrent exhibitions, held from April 12 to May 4. Natalie McLaurin’s Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition titled, “You are a weird bird,” is comprised of her sculptures, drawings, and prints that are reflections on humans as animals. McLaurin addresses ideas about gender and disguise, power and territory, and her own identity as a woman, with pattern, plumage, costume, and color related to birds.
In addition, the gallery will host an exhibition curated by Dr. Rebecca Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Art History at The University of New Orleans. This MFA Alumni Exhibition features three alumni artists – Alex Podesta, Nina Schwanse, and Monica Zeringue – whose work investigates notions of identity formation. Their recent work will be featured alongside a selected example of their graduate study work that demonstrates the development of their conceptual interests.

The gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., will hold opening receptions for these exhibits on Saturday, April 12, from 6-9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 p.m.

Image info: 

Alex Podesta, Victors
Nina Schwanse, image from JonBenet Ramsey series
Monica Zeringue, Shewolf

Natalie McLaurin, Cocksure, 2013 mixed media, life size

MFA Thesis Shows Keep on Rolling with Valerie Corradetti and David Hassell!



The UNO-St. Claude Gallery is excited to announce the opening of two MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Valerie Corradetti’s “Paper Mountains,” and David Hassell’s “AUTOREPAIR: Pulsed Plasma Stimulation.”  In her work, Valerie Corradetti utilizes the processes of photography and drawing as a lens through which to unpack and understand the world around her.  David Hassell also uses his work to access a familiar subject, the body.  He approaches this subject through unconventional and industrial materials, creating video and sculptural works that transform plastics into flesh. The exhibits will be held concurrently, from March 8 – April 6, 2014.  Opening receptions will be held March 8 from 6-9 p.m. The gallery is located at 2429 St. Claude Ave. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 p.m.





Top: Valerie Corradetti, “If I lie, I lie because I love you” 2013, sublimated pigment print

Bottom: David Hassell, “P.X174 v.3T3”, 2014, mixed media

MFA Thesis Shows Continue with Jason Childers and Wendell Brunious!

The UNO-St. Claude Gallery is excited to continue its series of Master of Fine Arts Thesis exhibitions for the Spring 2013 semester.  Jason Childers will exhibit multi media sculpture in his one-person exhibit, “Peripheral Recognition.” Childers’ work hinges on a deep exploration of the everyday and the tenuous relationships between artist, object, art, and life. Wendell Brunious also takes inspiration from the everyday, as his paintings blend commercial imagery with abstract form. The works in his one-person show, “Influxx,” are bright, active fields of color resulting from his combination of these seemingly disparate forms.  The exhibits will be held concurrently, from February 8 – March 2, 2014.  Please join us for the opening receptions on February 8 from 6-9 p.m.




Jason Childers, “Self Checkout 2013 (detail)”, 2013, mixed media

Wendell Brunious, “A Losing Game”, 2013, acrylic, screen-print and spray-paint on panel

Spring 2014 – Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions Commence!

We are thrilled to open two Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions this Saturday, January 11th!  Openings are from 6-9 p.m.

“Chubby Crimson Bottoms” – Peter Hoffman

“Keep It Up” – Vanessa Centeno

Both artists work in the media of painting and sculpture, with strikingly vibrant palettes and innovative uses of form.

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Top: Vanessa Centeno, detail, The Common Wall, 2013, mixed media

Bottom: Peter Hoffman, Woman Holding a Dove, 2013, oil on canvas