The NOCCA Institute presents the 2010 NOCCA Faculty Exhibition

The NOCCA Institute presents the 2010 NOCCA Faculty Exhibition

The 2010 NOCCA Faculty Exhibition

January 14 – February 26, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, January 21
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans

New Orleans, LA — The Ken Kirschman Artspace and The NOCCA Institute are proud to announce its 2010 NOCCA Faculty Exhibition. The show runs from Thursday, January 14 through Friday, February 26, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 21 from 6pm to 8pm. All work will be displayed in the Ken Kirschman Artspace on NOCCA’s campus at 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 12pm to 6 pm, and Saturday, 12pm to 3 pm.

Faculty members featured in this exhibit include:

Terry DeRoche

Born in Bangor and raised in Portland, Maine, Terry went to Maine College of Art and graduated with a BFA in photography in 1990. Circumstance and opportunity lured Terry to New Orleans where he went to the University of New Orleans, studied Special Education: Gifted and Talented, and received his M.Ed. in 1995. Terry spent the next two years teaching in St. John Parish until hired by NOCCA in 1997. He has been happy teaching computer graphics and drawing ever since. Terry’s work combines his love of photography, drawing, writing, painting, and the computer into digital collages.

Nikki Jackson

Nikki Jackson was born and raised in England. Her father worked in the great London museums in South Kensington, giving her unparalleled exposure to the history of world art. She studied at Bath Academy of Art, and Bath College of Higher Education, before being awarded a scholarship to study with Paul Soldner, in California. She has taught in California, Alabama and New Orleans before joining the faculty at NOCCA in 1999. She has been a recipient of a Gane Travel Scholarship, and Surdna Foundation Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited nationally and in Europe.

Jennifer Odem

Based in New Orleans, Jennifer Odem has exhibited her work both locally and abroad. Odem’s most recent one-person exhibition entitled, “A Discourse In Abstraction: Jennifer Odem and NOMA’s Permanent Collection”, was organized by curator Miranda Lash at the New Orleans Museum of Art in March 2009. Her 2008 and 2009 exhibitions include a solo show at 511 Gallery in New York and group shows at the Winkleman Gallery in New York, the Front Gallery in New Orleans, and Tulane University’s Newcomb Center for Women. She has drawn a great deal of inspiration from her seven artist residencies abroad in locations including Ireland, England, Austria and Poland, as well as from her 2007 residency at NOCCA. Odem is the creator of several outdoor sculptural installations located in Louisiana, Utah, and Poland, and in October of 2008, Odem was the recipient of The Joan Mitchell Foundation’s New Orleans Career Opportunity grant. Her work has been written about in Sculpture Magazine (Dec. 2001), ArtNews (Jan. 2003), and is also included in Playa Works: The Myth of the Empty, by William L. Fox, University of Nevada Press, 2002.

Mary Jane Parker

A native New Orleanian, Mary Jane Parker received her B.F.A. from Louisiana State University, and M.A. and M.F.A. in Studio Art with a Printmaking emphasis from Illinois State University. Her work is mixed media, combining printmaking and painting techniques with glass and bronze sculpture. She was awarded a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in 1990 and 2001, a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Award for Excellence, an NEA Independent Study Fellowship, a Surdna Foundation Fellowship, and mini-grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Ms. Parker has exhibited work nationally and internationally and was included in the 2005 New Orleans Museum of Art’s Triennial. She is represented in New Orleans by Arthur Roger Gallery.

Keith Perelli

Keith Perelli a visual artist working in painting and drawing, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed a BA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of New Orleans in 1991 and an MFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Cincinnati in 1994. He has participated in numerous national and international invitational and juried exhibitions. He has exhibited his work at D.O.C.S. Gallery New Orleans, Found Gallery in Los Angeles and Steve Martin Fine Art in Miami. Mr. Perelli has been a recipient of The SURDNA Foundation Arts Teacher’s Fellowship, Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship and a Foundation Ratti Arts Fellowship. He has received five professional development grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Most recently, Mr. Perelli was awarded a public works commission from the Downtown Development District.

Ann Schwab

A native of New Orleans and a NOCCA alum, Ann Schwab works in photography, mixed media and installation. Ms. Schwab has received a Maryland State Arts Council Fellowship, a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship, a Surdna Foundation Fellowship and mini-grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. She has been honored three times in Who’s Who among American Teachers, has presented at the Network Conference for Arts High Schools and twice conducted forums at the Getty Southern Conference on Education in the Arts. Ms Schwab has exhibited nationally and internationally and is in numerous private collections.

Ersy Schwartz

Ersy Schwartz’s educational background includes Bard College in New York, the California Institute of Arts, where she received her BFA, and the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, where she was also an instructor. She has studied with sculptors William Ludwig and Enrique Alferez. Notably, she executed a commission of the entrance gate for the New Orleans Museum of Art in collaboration with artist George Dureau. Her work is shown at Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans.

Michel Varisco

Michel Varisco is a native New Orleans artist. Her work explores loss and regeneration in both urban and rural settings. She exhibits around the country and is represented by Richter Gallery in Nashville and Heriard-Cimino Gallery in New Orleans. She has received grants from The Cultural Economy Foundation, the Louisiana Division of the Arts and fellowships from the LDOA and the SURDNA Foundation. She received her MFA from Tulane University and teaches at NOCCA|Riverfront. Varisco’s work has been published in Adbusters, USA Today, Common Ground Archeology, and Cultural Vistas, among others, and is included in public and private collections in the US and abroad. Most recently, she has received a public arts commission from the Arts Council of New Orleans on behalf of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, which was completed for the Prospect.1 Biennial and on loan to the City of New Orleans until 2010.

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