Fine art seniors visit New Orleans

October 8th, 2013 Comments Off on Fine art seniors visit New Orleans


By Lori Neuenfeldt

On Oct. 4, seven senior fine art majors and two professors traveled to New Orleans for the weekend to experience the contemporary arts scene in a major metropolitan area.

While in New Orleans, students studying painting, drawing and sculpture visited the University of New Orleans, touring the facilities and meeting with faculty and students in order to find out about opportunities in the masters of fine arts program and the masters in arts administration program.

Other important stops included the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, an outdoor collection of modern and contemporary sculpture by artists such as Henry Moore, Fernando Botero and Louise Bourgeois. Important works by well-known artists inspired the students.

Students met with local artists and alumna of the MSU Department of Art, who took them around the galleries off Magazine Street and gave their first-hand accounts about living and working as an artist.

One of the highlights was a visit to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (OMSA), where Department of Art alumni and director of the OMSA, William Andrews, led students on a tour of the galleries.

The trip was capped off by the evening gallery hopping event, “Art for Art’s Sake,” that always occurs on the first Saturday of October in the Warehouse Arts District in downtown New Orleans. Students visited several galleries, participated in public art installations and listened to music by live DJs on Julia Street.

Throughout the weekend travelers followed the national weather updates on Tropical Storm Karen. They were happy that the storm weakened and stayed off the coast, allowing them to enjoy a perfect art-filled weekend.

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