Visual Art

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Marcus Brown
Visual Arts

Marcus E. Brown, a native of New Orleans, is a sculptor, painter, educator, inventor, and an avant-garde sound performance artist. Brown developed a form of painting called Electro-sonic Painting in which the artist paints with an amplified brush or tool used to simultaneously create a fine work of art as well as music. In demonstrating this new genre of music and art, Brown has collaborated with many talented and renowned musicians including Bill Summers, Devin Phillips, Mark De Florio, Chuck Barber, Nathan J. Norman, Tyrone Brown, Signal Path, Eric Bigger and Norman Sylvester. In 2008, Brown received an Art in Public Places commission by the Arts Council of New Orleans in collaboration with the Joan Mitchell Foundation for his piece Human Universal Musical Sculpture HUMS), a sound sculpture that interacts with an individual’s bioelectrical currents to produce a unique sound. HUMS is located in Washington Square Park on Elysian Fields Avenue. Brown, who is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts NOCCA), earned his BFA at the Kansas City Institute of Art (KCAI) in Kansas City, MO and a M.Ed. from Portland State University in Portland, OR. In addition to his performance art, Brown exhibits in numerous galleries and museums nationally. He has also taught visual art at the K-12 level as well as college art classes and workshops across the nation. Brown currently teaches at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA).

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Terry DeRoche
Visual Arts: Digital Media, 2-D Exploration Visual Arts

Receiving his B.F.A. from Maine College of Art and M.Ed. from the University of New Orleans, Terry DeRoche works digitally, making images that typically blend photography, painting, and text.  Terry is a fellow of the Surdna Art Teachers Fellowship Grant and also a recipient of a Louisiana Division of the Arts individual project grant.  Mr. DeRoche has also presented at national education conferences, co-authored a paper published in the Teaching in Higher Education Forum, and published photographs in the Gambit, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and Greater Portland magazine.  Moving from Maine in 1992, Terry has been teaching at NOCCA since 1997.

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Nikki Jackson
Visual Arts: Ceramics Visual Arts

Receiving her B.F.A. from Bath College of Higher Education (England), Nikki Jackson came to the United States in 1990 to study with artist Paul Soldner at Scripps College in California via a Gane Travel Scholarship.  She has taught students from elementary school age to college level in California, Alabama and New Orleans, and in workshops across the United States.  She is the recipient of several “National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts” awards for teaching, a Surdna Foundation Fellowship and is included in “Who’s Who of American Teachers,” 2004 and 2008.  Ms Jackson has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is collected in Great Britain and the United States.  She is represented in New Orleans by D.O.C.S. Gallery, and has taught at NOCCA since 1998.

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Jenny Leblanc
Visual Arts: Sculpture Visual Arts

A Marrero native, artist and educator Jenny LeBlanc holds degrees from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Louisiana State University (BFA in sculpture), and Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA in sculpture). She directs Hot Iron Press – a letterpress and silkscreen studio she founded in 2002 with her husband, artist Kyle Bravo. Situated in the Upper 9th Ward, Hot Iron Press serves not only as a printmaking studio, but also as a hub for support and promotion of grassroots arts activities. Via the press, LeBlanc has worked to implement such projects as The Rebuild Fund, Babylon Lexicon book arts exhibitions, the Hot Iron Press Artist Printmaking Residency Program, and several artistic collaborations with Bravo. LeBlanc is a founding member of The Front, an eminent New Orleans art collective and gallery. Her work, which often occurs at the intersection of performance, printmaking, and sculpture, has been exhibited widely in the US and also in Canada, Italy, and Japan.

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Mary Jane Parker
Visual Arts: Chair, Printmaking, 2-D Foundations Visual Arts

Mary Jane Parker received her B.F.A from Louisiana State University, M.A. and M.F.A. Studio Art with 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 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship in 2007, 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 Arts Teacher’s Fellowship and mini-grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts.  Ms. Parker’s work is part of the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Center for Book Arts in New York and numerous private collections.  Mary Jane has taught at NOCCA since 1998 and has received recognition from the Foundation for the Advancement for Teaching in the Arts and the Scholastics Art and Writing Award for Teaching.  She is represented in New Orleans by Arthur Roger Gallery.  Her professional website is

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Keith Perelli
Visual Arts: 2-D Exploration Visual Arts

Keith Perelli is an artist working in painting and printmaking with a specialization in mixed media painted collage and monotype painting. In addition to seven solo exhibitions in New Orleans, he has had solo exhibitions at Found Gallery Los Angeles, Nau-haus Art Space in Houston and Gallery 308 in Indiana.  His work has been featured internationally in Innsbruck, Austria by invitation of the University of New Orleans, and in Italy in the cities of Como and Milan by invitation of Artist Alan Kaprow and the Ratti Foundation. He was awarded a commission for a public works project on Canal Street in New Orleans in 2010 and 4 of his works were selected for the Mayor’s NOLA for Life Program Commision in 2013.  Mr. Perelli has received numerous grants and Individual Fellowships from the SURDNA Foundation, Louisiana Division of the Arts and Ratti Foundation.  He has studied with artists Alan Kaprow and Ron Pokrasso through fellowship awards. A mid-career survey of his work was exhibited at the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana in the summer of 2012 and Southeastern University of Hammond in 2013. A book highlighting 60 of his works was published in Tianjin, China Titled “Keith Perelli World Famous Contemporary Painter Series” in 2012. His professional website is

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Ann Schwab
Visual Arts: Assistant Department Chair, 2-D Exploration, AP Studio Art Visual Arts

Ann Schwab works in photography, mixed media and installation, creating works that utilize nature and natural forms– as well as medical instruments– to explore our human processes of coping with physical and emotional trauma. A NOCCA alum, Ms. Schwab received her B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an M.F.A. from Tulane University and has studied at SACI in Florence, Italy. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including: a Maryland State Arts Council Fellowship, a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship, a Surdna Foundation Fellowship and professional development grants from the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Anderson Ranch and the Surdna Foundation. Ann Schwab’s work has been reviewed in publications such as Art Papers, New Orleans Art Review and the Kansas City Art Review. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in numerous corporate and private collections. Assistant Chair of Visual Arts at NOCCA, Ms. Schwab has been honored three times in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and has received The Scholastic Art and Writing Award for Teaching and recognition by the National Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the Arts. Her professional website is:

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Michel Varisco
Visual Arts: Photography Visual Arts

Michel Varisco’s photographs, assemblages and installations explore loss and regeneration. Varisco depicts her homeland, Louisiana, through photography to educate, inspire and transform an ecologically and culturally rich place that’s fighting to survive. She received her MFA from Tulane University and studied in France through the Cleveland Institute of Art and Italy through the University of Georgia. She is represented in New Orleans at Octavia Gallery on Julia Street and is included in the public collections of the Ogden Museum, the National Library of Paris, Loyola University, City of New Orleans, The Surdna Foundation and more. Her work is shown in the United States, and internationally in China, France, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, and most recently featured in a Japanese television documentary on water. She also presented her work in New Zealand as a lecture guest through the Auckland Festival of Photography and Contemporary Art. She has been awarded fellowships through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and The SURDNA Foundation. Her work has been supported through private collectors, and commissions from the Arts Council of New Orleans on behalf of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and Historic Restorations inc. Teaching honors include the National Foundation for the Advancement in Teaching in the Arts and The Scholastic Art and Writing Award for Teaching. Books include Shifting with essays by Anne Gisleson and Bradley Sumrall, A and I books, through the Ogden Museum and Hotel Ortolen, writings by Tom Whalen, photographs by Michel Varisco, Black Scat Books. Varisco is a founding member of the New Orleans Photo Alliance.