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).
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.maryjaneparkerart.com.
Keith Perelli received his B.A. from the University of New Orleans and his M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Perelli, a visual artist working in painting, is a native of St. Bernard Parish. He has participated in numerous national and international invitational and juried exhibitions. Mr. Perelli has been a recipient of a Surdna Foundation Arts Teacher’s Fellowship, a Liquitex Inc.’s Excellence in the Visual Arts Award, and a Foundation Ratti Arts Fellowship. He exhibits his work at D.O.C.S. Gallery in New Orleans and Found Gallery in Los Angeles. His work was selected for the Foundation Ratti Corso Superiore, Como, Italy, Alan Kaprow Invitational, Milan, Italy, and UNO 3 Person Alumni Works on Paper, Innsbruck, Austria. Most recently, his work was selected for “A Culture of #####: A Tribute to J.B. Harter,” exhibited in New York, and a traveling exhibit entitled “Katrina, Catastrophe and Catharsis,” at the Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has received numerous professional development grants and a fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
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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:http://www.annschwab.com
Receiving her B.A. from Loyola University of New Orleans and M.F.A. from Tulane University, Michel Varisco’s artwork includes photography, mixed media assemblages and installations. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Surdna Foundation, Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation. Michel has also received a commission from the Joan Mitchell Foundation through the Arts Council of New Orleans. A native New Orleanian, Michel has taught photography at The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts since 1997 and has been awarded honors by the National Foundation for the Advancement in Teaching in the Arts and The Scholastic Art and Writing Award for Teaching. Her work has been published widely in periodicals, poetry journals and books. She exhibits nationally and internationally and is included in various public and private collections. Locally she is represented by Heriard-Cimino Gallery and in Nashville by Richter Gallery.