“Framed” – Nora See / “isthmus = anchovy” – Bradford Willingham: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions

The UNO-St. Claude Gallery will begin its spring exhibition programming with two concurrent Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions. “isthmus=anchovy” will feature installation by Bradford Willingham, and “Framed” will include paintings by Nora See. Willingham “employs commonplace language, objects and means of communication, to create situations and sculptures that are at play with the familiar.” See “appropriates & dislocates paintings as miniature trinkets to reference the consumption and altered continuum of art.  Her alterations to original pieces further personalize their context to address specific autobiographical ideas.”

The exhibitions open Saturday, February 14, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. The gallery will additionally host a closing reception on Saturday, March 7, from 6-9 p.m. Exhibit dates are February 14 – March 8, 2015. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. The gallery is located at 2429 St. Claude Ave. Inquiries may be directed to Kathy Rodriguez at klrodri2@uno.edu.


Nora See, Self-Portrait, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

Ist = Anc (front)-1

Bradford Willingham, isthmus=anchovy (postcard image), 2015

UNO Alumni Association Event for Second Saturday in November – “Shrine” for P3

The UNO-St. Claude Gallery will host an Alumni Association networking event during Second Saturday reception hours in November. Please join us to view “Shrine” by The Propeller Group and Christopher Myers. University of New Orleans President Peter Fos; Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Kevin Graves; and Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans, Brooke Davis Anderson, will give a few words about the gallery and the exhibit between 7:30 and 8 p.m.


The reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., on Saturday, November 8. Refreshments will be served!  We encourage all our arts alumni to attend.

UNO-St. Claude Gallery – Official Venue for Prospect 3

The Propeller Group
Matt Lucero
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
with Christopher Myers
UNO-St. Claude Art GalleryThe Propeller Group and Christopher Myers, based between New York City, Los Angeles and Saigon, have encapsulated the elusive butterfly effect — the theory of “nonlocality” whereby two distinct phenomena affect one another across a vast expanse of space and time. The film, The Living Need Light, And The Dead Need Music, a phrase taken from a Vietnamese proverb, documents the funeral tradition of Saigon from the vantage of New Orleans: two cities, two cultures, mirroring each other from worlds apart. A cast of spiritual mediums, professional criers, and musicians guides mourners through a euphoric public ritual; their costumes and instruments are arranged here in a “shrine”. “One of the gifts of the Global South,” the artists say, is “this ability to be many things, many places at once.” Such a feat may seem absurd — but that’s part of the magic and the Einsteinian science: here, distance collapses to reveal “otherness” as no more than an optical illusion.

This exhibition will be on view from October 25, 2014 – January 25 2015.  Gallery hours are extended for the period.  The gallery will be open Wednesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4p.m. The gallery will be closed on November 27, 2014, November 28, 2014, December 24, 2014, December 25, 2014, December 31, 2014 and January 1, 2015.

For more information during gallery hours, please call the gallery at (504) 948 – 6939. However, email is typically the best way to get in touch with the Gallery Manager / Director, Kathy Rodriguez, who can be reached at klrodri2@uno.edu.

“environmental scanning”, work by Katharina Cibulka and Nicole Weniger

Nicole Weniger, "Animal Performance"

Nicole Weniger, “Animal Performance”

Katharina Cibulka, "48°32´52˝N 16°33´53˝E"

Katharina Cibulka, “48°32´52˝N 16°33´53˝E”

In the exhibition  ‘environmental scanning’ at the UNO St. Claude Gallery in New Orleans, artists Katharina Cibulka and Nicole Weniger explore the relationship between human beings and human modes of perception of surrounding spaces. The works on exhibition thematize and visualize the impact of a given environmental field on one’s identity as a human being and the human behavior which is born of that impact. 
Katharina Cibulka was born in 1975 in Innsbruck. She studied media and performance art at the Academy of Visual Arts in Vienna and analog film at the New York Film Academy. In her films, photographic works, installation art pieces, performances and textual works, she thematizes the relationship of individuals to their immediate environment, thus highlighting a precarious balancing act between subjective desires and demands placed on individuals by the external world. Her critical scrutiny of deeply entrenched habits in order to counteract this syndrome by presenting proof of the contrary through artistic means – thus making change possible – forms an integral part of her handicraft.
Nicole Weniger was born in 1987 in Innsbruck. She studied transmedial art at the University of Applied Art. In her artistic works she addresses the inner needs of urbanized people and the disparity between nature and culture. Nicole Weniger views urban city space as theatre. Her performance-like stagings and interventions are aimed at provoking irritations among city inhabitants and the concomitant responses; as well as depicting certain social, spatial and economic relationships.
The exhibit will be held from September 13 – October 5, 2014.  The opening reception will be held September 13 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.


“Counterpart” and “The Figure and Narrative”

We are pleased to announce two concurrent exhibitions on the continually pertinent subject of figuration and narrative in painting at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery. Guest curator and artist, Professor Michael Ananian (University of North Carolina – Greensboro), will hold a solo exhibition of his paintings titled “Counterpart” in conjunction with “The Figure and Narrative,” a show of paintings he selected to explore themes about visual narratives involving the human form. This exhibit includes works by John Hull (Charleston, SC), Robert Igoe (Greensboro, NC), Margaret McCann (New York City, NY), Nicole McCormick Santiago (Williamsburg, VA), and Tanya Tewell (Murfreesboro, TN).

Michael Ananian, Presto! (13 of 17), from the sequential narrative, "Counterpart," casein on paper, 22" x 26 1/2"

Michael Ananian, Presto! (13 of 17), from the sequential narrative, “Counterpart,” casein on paper, 22″ x 26 1/2″

Details, from Left to Right:  Margaret McCann, Lookout John Hull, Horse Trailer FV Tanya Tewell, Remnants Robert Igoe, Scrying Nicole McCormick Santiago, Indulgence III

Details, from Left to Right:
Margaret McCann, Lookout
John Hull, Horse Trailer FV
Tanya Tewell, Remnants
Robert Igoe, Scrying
Nicole McCormick Santiago, Indulgence III

The gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70117, will hold an opening reception on Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 6-9 p.m. Professor Ananian will give a talk about the exhibits during the reception, between 7 and 8 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 p.m. The exhibits run from August 9 – September 7, 2014. For more information, please contact Kathy Rodriguez at klrodri2@uno.edu or (504) 280-6410.

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.