Marc Broussard to be Featured at JAZZLAND in Ruston

From our friends at the Boys and Girls Club of North Louisiana. This will be a great concert, so mark your calendars for May 9. Ticket purchasing details are found below:

The Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of North Louisiana will present their annual fundraiser JAZZLAND, a benefit concert for the Boys and Girls Club on May 9th at the Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston, LA. The concert will feature noted Southern-rock/soul artist Marc Broussard and open with a performance from Dr. Larry Pannell and the Grambling State University Faculty Jazz Ensemble. All funds generated from the event will go directly to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.

Tickets ($30 balcony seats and $40 floor seats) may be purchased online at on the 2014_JazzlandBoys and Girls Club’s website, and at the Boys and Girls Club located at 300 Memorial Drive, Ruston. Doors open at 6:45pm and the show begins at 7:00. An after party sponsored and held by Sundown Tavern will immediately follow.

Marc Broussard is a singer-songwriter hailing from Lafayette, La. His style is best described as “Bayou Soul,” a mix of funk, blues, R&B, rock, and pop, matched with distinct Southern roots. In his career, he has released five studio albums and one EP, and has charted twice on Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks.  Marc and his band are known for their relentless touring and high energy shows that have won them legions of fans.  They have performed sold out shows in thousand plus capacity venues around the country, have been regulars on the festival circuit and have toured with such artists as Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Ronnie Raitt and Willie Nelson, to name a few.

 “We are very excited to bring such a talented artist to Ruston,” said Jazzland committee chair Karen Gordon. “We hope Marc will help us sell out the Dixie and raise as much as possible for the Boys and Girls Club.”

Starting the show will be Dr. Larry Pannell and the Grambling State University Faculty Jazz Ensemble.  Dr. Pannell formed a talented group of former and current Grambling State musicians from all over the country.  “Their jazz stylings were the hit of last year’s JAZZLAND and we are excited they have agreed to come back this year!” Janet Wilson, Director of Resource Development of the Boys and Girls Club, said. “This may be my favorite performance ever at the Dixie! They are playing everything from Barbara Streisand’s, The Way We Were to Al Green’s Lets Stay Together. This group is amazingly talented and if you miss THIS CONCERT- you are really missing something GREAT!” Dr. Pannell graduated from GSU with his undergraduate degree and his Masters degree in Music from LA Tech University. He went on to study at The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, IL and he and a classmate were the first Black men to graduate from the institute.

For more information please visit or call 318-255-2242.


Art Talk Monday: SoA Annual Student Show

Today’s Art Talk Monday is written by Jes Schrom, Assistant Professor of Photography at Louisiana Tech University. The opening reception for the Annual Student Show is tomorrow night, so make plans to stop by and see the exhibition.

Louisiana Tech University School of Art Galleries: Annual Student Show

March 19 – April 9, 2013


The Annual Student Show is one of the most popular and well-attended exhibitions offered by the School of Art at Louisiana Tech University. A favorite of students, parents, and faculty alike, the show features a selection of the best student work produced during the year. All art students, from freshmen through graduate students are eligible to submit work to the show, but acceptance is competitive. This year, Cristin J. Nunez, the Assistant Director of Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, has juried the show and determined the award winners. Her lecture, “Gallery Virgins: How to Court Your First Commercial Gallery” will be offered on Tuesday, March 19 at 5pm in the Taylor Visual Arts Center #103. The awards ceremony, generating much excitement, will follow the lecture in conjunction with an opening reception. In addition to Best of Show, cash prizes will be awarded for one work in each of five categories: communication design, core, photography, studio, and graduate level. Event is free and open to the public and refreshments provided.

Statement from juror, Cristin Nunez, Assistant Director of Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, LA.

“Thank you to Marie Bukowski for inviting me to jury Louisiana Tech’s 2013 student exhibition, and many thanks to Jes Schrom, who diligently kept in touch with me and helped organize my involvement with the University. I am happy to be visiting Ruston for the first time and look forward to seeing the student show in person.

Seventy-nine impressive undergraduate and graduate students submitted art for consideration this year. It was very rewarding to review all of the entries, which ranged from traditional oil painting to video installations to fiber art. Just as there was a variety in media, there was also a variety in subject matter, and although there is no connecting theme between the selected works, it was refreshing to see such differences in the artists’ personalities.

The most important criterion for selection was that the student have mature sensibilities. Was the artwork mature in its subject matter, color palette and overall aesthetic? What was the student trying to say, and could I pick up on the message without having to read the artist’s description of the work? Did the student have an advanced understanding of his or her materials, and did the finished product look like the artist spent a significant amount of time planning and executing the piece? With my sales background, I am always conscious of whether a piece looks expensive, and for the working student, quality is paramount when pricing the work. Paintings and prints should look well thought out with as much work dedicated to the foreground as to the background. Figures should be proportional, color theory appealing to the eye, and for the many photographers in your program, I was looking for contrasts between value, color, and focus. I am also drawn to the more spontaneous photographs that show a strong appreciation for negative space.

For the graphic designer in the crowd, I look for readability and for the design that brands a product in the simplest, most organized way. Font selection and a reduced color palette are important to me. I believe written communication is most effective when the viewer doesn’t have to sift through visual commotion.  And lastly, the three-dimensional artists deserve kudos for their originality and workmanship. This year, some of the most conceptual pieces in the show were sculptural, and I appreciate the sculptors’ experimentation with abstraction and scale.

Overall, I could see that many folks in the program have a future in the arts.  Congratulations to all the art students! I look forward to meeting you in March and having more time to see the surfaces of your lovely pieces.”

Juror Cristin J. Nunez, Assistant Director of Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, LA

Juror Cristin J. Nunez, Assistant Director of Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, LA

Cristin J. Nunez, the Assistant Director of Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, has worked in the gallery business for three years.  She oversees about 45 artists and their work, managing inventory, client sales, gallery maintenance and student interns.  In 2010, she co-curated Ancestors and Descendants: Ancient Southwestern America at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century at the New Orleans Museum of Art and co-authored the show’s namesake exhibition catalogue.  The catalogue was loosely based on her Master’s Thesis for Tulane University, where she studied a little-known collection of Southwestern Native American artifacts at Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute.  She graduated in 2009 with her M.A. in Art History.  A native of New Orleans, Cristin also worked in Development at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago for two years.  In 2005, she earned her B.A. in Art History and Journalism and Mass Communications at Washington and Lee University, where she wrote her Honors Thesis on the video art of Bill Viola.  Her thesis won the Doyon Award for excellence in art historical writing.

The School of Art at Louisiana Tech University has two gallery spaces available to artists working in all media, including: painting, drawing, video, printmaking, installation, sculpture, photography, ceramics, fiber, and digital works. The mission of the galleries at The School of Art at Louisiana Tech University is to contribute to student and community learning through exposure to the work and philosophy of nationally recognized contemporary artists working in the visual arts.

The gallery committee is a fully volunteer group made up of dedicated Tech faculty, responsible for all exhibitions at the School of Art: Mary Louise Carter, Nicole Duet, Frank Hamrick, Patrick Miller, Jes Schrom, and Joey Slaughter.

Additional info can be found at

What’s happening here…

NCLAC has several opportunities going on right now that you should know about!

Call for Entries, Vendor Opportunity, Summer Arts Camp registration, and Volunteer events


First, we are holding our annual Call for Entries for visual artists. The application is located in “the box” at the bottom of the blog page; this can be emailed to us with the requested items (such as images, bio, etc.) Deadline is May 1, with notification sent by June 1.

Our exhibition spaces include:

Dixie Center Lobby, where we display work by artists from our outside-of-Lincoln service areas (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Union Parishes). Currently on exhibit in the Dixie Center Lobby is work by members of the Union Parish Arts Council.

Crescent City Coffee, in Ruston, where  we hold quarterly receptions/exhibitions for area artists. Crescent City is a hopping place, with a steady stream of customers, so work displayed receives a lot of visibility. Currently on display is Exploring Abandonment, paintings by Becky Bennett.

New exhibition partnerships include:

Bridge Project, in collaboration with Bossier Arts Council, where NCLAC artists are given the opportunity to exhibit at Bossier Arts Council spaces without going through the Call for Entries process with BAC. Artists who apply to exhibit with NCLAC are placed in a “roster” that BAC will select from for selected exhibitions in their area, and BAC artists will be exhibited in NCLAC spaces, providing greater exposure for north Louisiana artists.

A Center Collaboration space, in partnership with Louisiana Tech University, will be a large exhibition area for themed group shows. This space will bring together community and student groups for art exhibitions and receptions. The space is currently being renovated with art-hanging in mind, so it’s an exciting opportunity. Artists who have applied to exhibit with NCLAC will be the first to receive Calls for Entries for these group shows.5697_217734485033816_1238251144_n

Brand new next month is the Bazaar Experiment Festival and Market, whose vision is to a celebrate the products, arts, food and traditions that unite communities and support small-scale vendors, artist, crafters and producers.

This event will be held at Railroad Park in downtown Ruston on April 20. It’s a vast collaboration between many groups, including various organizations/departments from Louisiana Tech such as the International Student Organization, Departments of Theatre and Architecture, and the Enterprise Center as well as NCLAC and other community groups.

The Bazaar Experiment’s mission is to create environments that bring people of different regions and demography together – celebrating & supporting small-scale producers, crafters, artist, caterers and performers, encouraging organic, eco-friendly practices, contributing to local communities, leading & fostering educational opportunities.

What this means for you, is that there are vendor spaces open for the day! What a wonderful way to spend a spring Saturday, selling your unique, handmade items at an exciting new event in town. The vendor fee is only $30 if you apply by April 6; after that date, if there is still space available,  the fee is $35. Follow this link for an application.

Items that are handmade, interesting, easily carried and relatively inexpensive will show best at this bazaar-style booth event. There’s room for creativity to make this brand new event an exciting happening in Ruston!supply Capture

March means it’s time to begin registration for Summer Arts Camps 2013!

NCLAC’s traditional 5day Summer Arts Camps schedule is as follows:

Ruston 1, June 3-7, 9am-noon

Ruston 2, July 8-12, 9am-noon

Jonesboro July 15-19, 9am-noon

These camps will have classes in 2D, 3D and Drama. The camp fee, which includes supplies and a snack, is $60 if you register and pay by May 1. After May 1 the registration fee is $65. You may call our office to register at 255-1450.

Brand new for this summer are the following Summer Arts Super Saturdays:

Farmerville, June 15, 9am-noon

Arcadia, June 29, 9am-noon

Homer, July 27, 9am-noon

These one-day camps will teach Visual Arts and Drama. The camp fee, which includes supplies and a snack, is $20 if you register and pay by the Wednesday a week before camp….in case that’s confusing, here are the dates:  For the discounted fee in Farmerville, register and pay by June 5; for Arcadia, register and pay by June 19; for Homer, register and pay by July 17.  After that Wednesday, the camp fee is $25. You may call our office to register at 255-1450.

volunteer group

Spring and summer activities mean lots of opportunities for volunteerism!

Volunteering with a nonprofit is great for: meeting people with similar interests, feeling connected with your community, building your resume and networking. NCLAC will need volunteers for Summer Arts Camps, for our booth at the Ruston Farmer’s Market, and for the Bazaar Experiment. Volunteering with our children’s activities involves assisting teachers and students with the execution of projects. With the Bazaar Experiment, we’ll need help checking in and assisting vendors, as well as with our children’s booth. With these activities you should always dress comfortably and wear a smile. Contact our office for dates and details at 255-1450.