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

Photo Credit : Wallace Merritt

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 a visual artist working in painting, printmaking and drawing. He received a Bachelors in Arts in Painting and Printmaking at The University of New Orleans and his Master in Fine Art from The University of Cincinnati in sculpture. His figurative work explores a variety of social political and personal issues. He has participated in numerous, national and international invitation and juried exhibitions. Mr. Perelli is a recipient of a SURDNA Foundation’s Arts Teacher Fellowship, a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship, and a Foundazione Ratti Arts Fellowship. He has received five professional development grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. He was awarded a Downtown District Development /RTA commission for a public works project on Canal Street in New Orleans in 2009. He was selected as the juror for the September 23rd Competition at the Alexandria Museum of Arts in 2011.
Mr. Perelli has had solo exhibitions in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Houston. He studied in Italy with “Happenings” artist Alan Kaprow in 1997 through a scholarship awarded by the Ratti Foundation, Como Italy and artist Ron Pokrasso in Santa Fe New Mexico in 2008, which was awarded through the SURDNA Foundation, New York. His work was featured in the “University of New Orleans 3 Person Alumni Works on Paper,” Innsbruck, Austria and “Louisiana Artists,” Alexandria Museum of Art, LA. He was also featured at the Leslie Lohman Foundation Gallery in New York and an exhibit titled “Katrina, Catastrophe and Catharsis” at the Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO. He was awarded
Best of Show,” for the 22nd September Competition,” Alexandria Museum of Art, “Louisiana Artists” exhibition at the LSU Gallery, Baton Rouge and the 1st Place at the Wichita Arts Center Printmaking Exhibition in Kansas and the 1st Annual Print exhibition in Hammond, LA. A book of his work was created in Tianjin, China in 2012 as 12 part book series of 12 American contemporary figurative realist. A traveling mid-career survey of his work was exhibited at the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana, Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, The Isaac Delgado Gallery at Delgado Community College in New Orleans and Gallery 308 in Muncie Indiana. 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 was selected in 2016 to join the ART21 Educator network, an innovative group of educators who enact creative strategies for teaching and learning with contemporary art. Ann Schwab has been honored three times in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and has received Scholastic Art and Writing Award for Teaching and recognition by the National Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the Arts.

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Michel Varisco
Visual Arts: Photography Visual Arts


Michel Varisco’s work explores the relationship between the natural world and man-made through photography, video, sculpture, printmaking, site-specific installations and more. She received her MFA from Tulane University and studied in France (LaCoste School of Art-C.A.I.) and Italy (U.G.A), received a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University and has taught at NOCCA|Riverfront since 1996. Varisco’s work is exhibited and published internationally and is included in public, private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad such as the National Library of Paris, The Ogden Museum, the Surdna Foundation collection and more. Exhibitions include galleries and museums such as: The Ogden Museum, National MS River Museum and Aquarium, Cotton Museum, Lower MS River Museum, The Acadiana Center for the Arts, El Paso Museum of Art, Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art, the Huntington Museum of Art, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art,  Armory Center for the Arts,  Gallery 1646, Den Hague, (Netherlands) Soho Photo Gallery, NY, The United States Embassy in Moscow, Russia, The Pingyao International Photography Festival, China, The Luciano Benetton Collection, Italy among others. She has received awards, and/or commissions through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and The SURDNA Foundation, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, and was invited to attend the Rauschenberg Artist Residency in 2014 and 2017. Teaching honors include several National Foundation for the Advancement in Teaching in the Arts awards and The Scholastic Art and Writing Award for Teaching. Varisco is a founder and former Vice President of the New Orleans Photo Alliance. She is being honored most recently as one of the featured artists in the upcoming Prospect 4 international Biennial in November 2017.  


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