The NOCCA Institute presents the 2010 Visiting Artist II Exhibition

The NOCCA Institute presents the 2010 Visiting Artist II Exhibition

NOCCA’s “On the Edge” gallery series continues the 2009-10 season with an exhibition by Visiting Artists

March 11-April 23, 2010 • Opening reception: March 11, 6pm – 8pm

The Ken Kirschman Artspace and The NOCCA Institute are proud to announce the 2010 Visiting Artist II Exhibition. The opening reception for this show will be Thursday, March 11, 2009, 6 to 8 pm, and the exhibition continues through April 23, 2010. The exhibition will feature two- and three-dimensional work in a variety of media by David Brooks, Nancy Sharon Collins, Anastasia Pelias, Bradley Sabin, and Laura Sirkin-Brown. The Ken Kirschman Artspace is located on NOCCA’s campus at 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 pm, and Saturday, 12 to 3 pm.  Admission is free.


David Brooks

Born in 1975, David Brooks is a New York-based artist who makes sculpture, sculpture installations, photography, collage and videos that mine the boundaries between what is perceived as the nature/culture divide. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Museum 52, NY; Blank Beijing, China; Art in General, NY; Steve Turner Contemporary, LA; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise @ Passerby, NY; Westport Arts Center, CT; Guild and Greyshkul, Tanya Bonakdar and D’Amelio Terras, NY. His work has been written about in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, and ArtNews, and he was a 2009 recipient of the Marie Walsh Sharpe fellowship, and a 2009 Socrates Sculpture Park EAF Fellowship. He received a BFA from the Cooper Union in 2000 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2009. He currently heads the sculpture department at Haverford College, PA.

Nancy Sharon Collins

Nancy Sharon Collins is a veteran graphic designer, typographer, print history scholar, partner in Collins, LLC, AIGA New Orleans director of special projects, member of adjunct faculty at Loyola University New Orleans and LSU.  Currently, she is preparing an advanced typography for UCLA Extensions online. Last year Nancy presented “Love Letters, American Commercial Engraving, Monograms and Social Stationery” at University of Texas at Austin, “The Real Mad Men/Graphic Design History in Louisiana” at the AIGA Leadership Retreat in Portland, Oregon, she presented “Readable Text New Orleans Style” at the TypeCon conference in Atlanta where she also gave the engraving workshop for which she is well known. In 2008, she co-authored “Green Salon New Orleans” about sustainability efforts in New Orleans for Seattle Journal for Social Justice and co-prduced “Design Heros—History of Graphic Design in South Louisiana” for the Southeastern College Art Conference.  Mrs. Collins owned and operated the graphic design firm Nancy Feldman studio in New York City from 1978 to 2004. Clients included Waterford Wedgwood, Clinique, Prescriptives, Revlon, Charles of the Ritz, Curve fragrance, The Metropolitan Opera Shop and the Museum of Modern Art.  When the world went digital she dove headlong into commercial engraving and, in addition to maintaining five blogs and her website herself, Mrs. Collins’ main purpose in life is to keep the idea of engraved stationery alive and well. Her book about American commercial engraving is due to be published in the fall of 2011.

Anastasia Pelias

A native New Orleanian, Anastasia Pelias received her BFA from Newcomb College at Tulane University and her MFA from the University of New Orleans. Her most recent one-person exhibition entitled “Automatics” was at Heriard-Cimino Gallery in December 2009.  Her 2008 and 2009 group exhibitions include The St. Claude Collective, a Prospect.1 Biennial satellite exhibition and HxWxD: Thirty Years of MFA at UNO at The University of New Orleans St. Claude Gallery. The accompanying catalog includes an essay on her work by Karl Volkner.  In 2009 her work was chosen by juror Miranda Lash to be in an exhibition at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA. Pelias has work in numerous private and public collections in the United States and abroad including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the United States Department of State Art in Embassies Program in Port Louis, Mauritius and the Iberia Bank Collection throughout Louisiana. She received a Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Career Development Grant in 2009 and produced a catalog of recent work, which includes an essay by Dominique Nahas. In March 2010 Pelias will be one of three artists in a collaborative show called Mara/Thalassa/Kai: the SEA, at Edge Gallery in Denver.

Bradley Sabin

Presently Assistant Director for Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, Bradley Sabin received his BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Ceramics from Louisiana State University.  He has taught at LSU and Interlochen Center for the Arts.  In addition to lecturing and exhibiting his work nationally, Sabin has served as president of the Ceramic Art Student Association of LSU and was a member of the Baton Rouge Gallery.  In 2006, he was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Hurricane Katrina Emergency Grant.  He is currently represented by Soren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans and Grand Contemporary in Lafayette, LA.

Laura Sirkin-Brown

A native of Baltimore, MD, Laura Faye Sirkin-Brown now resides in New Orleans, LA.  She is presently completing her MFA in Costume Design at Tulane University, and is scheduled to graduate in May 2010. She is an intern for Art Spot Productions.  Sirkin-Brown has designed costumes for Four Front Theatre’s production of “Altar Boyz” as well as other New Orleans-based performances.  She has worked for the Santa Fe Opera’s dye shop, and painted costumes for Kansas City Costume’s “CATS.”  Her work has been featured in the Surface Design magazine and Belle Armoire magazine.  Sirkin-Brown has a BFA in Fiber Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO. She graduated from Carver Center For Arts and Technology in Towson, MD, where she studied Visual Arts with an emphasis on sculpture and figure painting.