LSU’s Hill Memorial Library to Host CWPPRA “I Remember” Art Show March 31-Aug. 30
BATON ROUGE – LSU Libraries Special Collections will host the traveling exhibition, “I Remember: An Art Show of Environmental Significance,” produced by the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, or CWPPRA, Task Force, in partnership with LSU Libraries’ T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History.
“I Remember” will be on display from March 31 to August 30 in Hill Memorial Library. This unique exhibition has something for everyone and is free and open to the public.
The exhibition features oral histories, photographs and original art depicting individuals who work, live and play in Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The exhibit features environmental portraits and landscape photographs by Lane Lefort and oil paintings by Marian Brister Martinez. Both artists are Louisiana natives and have used their artistic talents to capture the culture and heritage of the communities in coastal Louisiana. This interactive art show also includes QR codes that allow visitors to hear the stories of 11 coastal stewards on their smart phones and an interactive kiosk that includes video and audio clips from wetlands steward.
“Everyone’s story is important, and every perspective is relevant” says Jennifer Abraham Cramer, director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History at LSU. “People living in the last century in coastal Louisiana have witnessed ecology and culture on the fault lines of change and by telling their stories, they have much to offer in the way of valuable historical and cultural information that’s not found in textbooks. As older generations pass on, these stories become even more crucial.”
Archival materials from LSU Libraries Special Collections will complement “I Remember,” and include an octavo edition of John J. Audubon’s “Birds of America” and close to 100 other items from every major collection within the Hill Memorial Library’s holdings.
“Special Collections is thrilled to combine forces with CWPPRA for this important, informative and rich exhibition,” said Jessica Lacher-Feldman, head of LSU Special Collections. “Making connections through exhibition of our rich and varied collections allows us to reach new audiences all the time. We welcome this opportunity to share and complement CWPPRA’s exhibition at Hill Memorial Library.”
LSU Libraries Special Collections holds a comprehensive collection of materials related to the history of the Lower Mississippi Valley region, of which wetlands are an integral part. Hosting the CWPPRA traveling exhibition “I Remember” is an opportunity to showcase works from every major collections housed within LSU Libraries Special Collections: Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections of manuscripts and books, University Archives, Rare Book Collection, E. A. McIhenny Natural History Collection, and interviews conducted through the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Books, photographs and documents span two and a half centuries, and represent a variety of formats from original watercolor sketches to DVDs.
“Though the materials on exhibition from Special Collections reflect only a small sample of related collections in our holdings, the diversity of materials here serves as a metaphor for the rich natural and cultural resources that thrive in Louisiana’s fertile wetlands,” said Leah Wood Jewett, exhibitions coordinator at Hill Memorial Library.
In addition to the exhibition, several events will be planned for the public during the next few months.
CWPPRA is federal legislation enacted in 1990 that is designed to identify, prepare, and fund construction of coastal wetlands restoration projects. Since its inception, 151 coastal restoration or protection projects have been authorized, benefiting more than 112,000 acres in Louisiana. For more information on CWPPRA, contact Susan Testroet-Bergeron at BergeronS@usgs.gov, call 337-266-8623 or visit www.LACoast.gov.
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