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Talented Visual Art

The Talented Visual Arts Program strives to develop the student’s natural artistic abilities through the study and application of a variety of drawing, painting, and three dimensional art materials and techniques.  While encouraging their own unique personal styles and expression in making their artworks, students are introduced to professional artistic practices, art history, theory, and criticism.

 

Talented Visual Art Faculty


Anne Boudreau is a native of New Orleans. She earned her B.F.A. in photography from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Prior to her graduate studies, she served as the executive director of a non-profit art space. She completed her M.F.A. in painting and sculpture from the University of South Carolina and shortly thereafter received an Artist Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission. At the end of 2000, Ms. Boudreau returned to south Louisiana. Since the mid-1990s, she continues to maintain active art making, exhibiting and teaching careers.


Ralph Bourque grew up near Avery Island, Louisiana. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1995, and his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in New York in 1998. He also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Mr. Bourque worked in the fashion design industry in New York City where he also received artist support grants from the Elizabeth Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. His teaching career has spanned over ten years and includes the instruction of students from K-12 and at the university level. Mr. Bourque is an award winning teacher who has been affiliated with the Lafayette Parish School System since 2005.


Erin Y. Broussard is a graduate of the College of the Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is a visual artist specializing in mixed-media graphic illustration and portraiture. Ms. Broussard also has experience with theatrical performance and set design. For many years she taught in Lafayette’s public school system as a Teaching Artist for the PACE (Primary Academic Creative Experiences) Program and as a visual arts instructor for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Department of Continuing Education.


Cece Cole is a graduate of the University of Louisiana and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa.  She was awarded a residency fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University, and later joined the VCU faculty as an Associate Professor before moving to New York, NY. Cole has exhibited nationally and internationally.  Her work has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine and D’art International. Most recently, Cole’s installation series Thinking about Meditating was exhibited in the project space at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. She was among the artists featured in the On/Off the Wall exhibition in the ACA’s main gallery. Cole is a practicing artist and does production and set design for films.


Troy Dugas received his B.F.A. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1994, and his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in New York in 1997. While living in New York, Mr. Dugas worked as an artist and illustrator for Nickelodeon Digital Studios and Simon and Shuster Children’s Publishing. He has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Mr. Dugas’s art is exhibited and collected by galleries and museums across the country and Canada.


David Fox earned his M.F.A. in sculpture and painting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is certified in Louisiana as an instructor in Commercial Design and as a Trade and Industry Coordinator. He operates Fox Design Studio in Lafayette, specializing in site/subject specific artworks. Mr. Fox has served as Artist in Residence for Lafayette Parish Schools, taught at the W. D. Smith Career Center and the Louisiana Technical College. He has conducted numerous workshops and residencies integrating arts across the curriculum in the Acadiana area.


Randall LaBry earned his B.A. in painting from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1971, and his M.F.A. in Filmmaking at New York University in 1976. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited in Louisiana and France and published in various national and international publications. Within the film industry, Mr. LaBry has served as production designer, art director, director and various crew positions on numerous short films and documentaries.


Stephanie Patton was born in in New Orleans, LA. She is a multi–media artist whose work crosses the realms of photography, sculpture, painting, installation, performance, video, audio and text. Her work is often humorous in nature and frequently investigates aspects of human emotion. Ms. Patton received her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and an M.F.A. in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has studied various types of vocal and comedic performance in New York, and has shown her work nationally and internationally.


Kathy Reed is a visual artist who works with a variety of media, including painting, drawing, and fiber. She has a B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Ms. Reed has been a practicing artist for many years, exhibiting both nationally and internationally. She has been teaching for the Lafayette Parish School system since 1992. Many of the high school students she has taught have been accepted into some of the best art schools and universities in the country.