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McNeese Art Briefs

McNeese Art Briefs

(March 4, 2015) Kenneth Baskin, associate professor of art at McNeese State University, recently exhibited 20 ceramic sculptures in a solo exhibition titled, “Industrial Artifacts,” at the College of the Ozarks’ Boger Art Gallery in Point Lookout, Mo. (pictured left: "Motion").           

Baskin also has had an artwork titled “Opposites Attract” included in “The Penland Experience,” a retrospective exhibition on display at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This show celebrates the work of artists with ties to the Penland School of the Crafts in North Carolina where Baskin has served as a faculty member.

Heather Ryan Kelley, professor of art at McNeese, has had work included in two juried exhibitions: “Shem the Penman” (pictured right) and “doubling their mumper.” “Shem the Penman” is an accordion book based on collages from her Midden Heap Project, while her other work, “doubling their mumper” is a maze book which explores the motifs of twins and mirror images found in James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake.”
Both books were recently on display at Bookends, an exhibition at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., sponsored by the Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts. Following this exhibition, Kelley’s books went on display at the 29th Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture Show exhibition at the Joseph A. Cain Memorial Gallery at DelMar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. This exhibition continues through May 8.

Chris Lowe, English instructor at McNeese State University, has had his fiction chapbook, “When You’re Down by the River,” released by BatCat Press. He has also joined the staff of Midway Journal as nonfiction editor.

Dr. Baerbel Czennia, associate professor of English at McNeese, was invited to submit a monograph on “Inadvertent Sustainability: 18th Century Gardeners as Pioneers of Modern Landscape Design” for the “Transits: Literature, Thought and Culture 1650-1850” series of Bucknell University Press.

Dr. Rita Costello, assistant professor of English at McNeese, has published eight solo pieces and two pieces co-written with McNeese Master of Fine Arts alumnus William Coppage in a new book, “Practical Composition: Exercises for the English Classroom From Working Instructors.”

She has also published four poems in “Truck,” a curated online art space, and two poems in the German literary magazine, The Trans-national.
McNeese Professor Emeritus Dr. Stella Nesanovich has had a new poem, “The Feast of All Souls,” recently published in an issue of The Christian Century.

John Griswold, assistant professor of English at McNeese, spent two weeks on a fellowship in Vilnius, Lithuania, and then two weeks in Russia visiting literary sites. He was permitted to stay at Anton Chekhov’s estate south of Moscow in exchange for editing English-language materials for the estate’s historical display.

MFA student Eric Nguyen recently had six poems published in an issue of Assaracus.

Several McNeese faculty and students in the English and Foreign Languages Department participated at the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.:
  • Costello presented paper titled “Moving the Margins: Creative Physical Space for the Other in Mainstream Comics and Graphic Novels” and hosted a panel on “New-anced Media.”
  • Amanda Ogea presented her paper, “Erasing Nuance Through Adaption in ‘The Children’s Hour’,” and Maria-Josee Mendez presented her paper, “Those Who Carry the Borderlands: Loss of Identity in Translation.”
  • Dr. Jacob Blevins, professor of English and director of the McNeese MFA program, presented a paper on “Breathing Ethics in ‘Breaking Bad’.”