LSU Museum of Art to Host Reception for “A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Louisiana Art” Sept. 27

09/21/2012 01:04 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Museum of Art will host the Baton Rouge stop of a statewide tour during Louisiana’s bicentennial celebration honoring the publication of a book highlighting the history of art.


The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the museum, located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette Street. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.


The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, or LEH, in partnership with the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission, recently announced the publication of “A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana.” Edited by Michael Sartisky, Ph.D., president of the LEH; J. Richard Gruber, Ph.D., director emeritus of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art; and Associate Editor John Kemp, the book was released on Sept.15th and can be ordered through To mark the book’s publication, LEH will embark this fall on a statewide tour to several of Louisiana’s great museums.


“A Unique Slant of Light” includes 276 entries on Louisiana artists, authored by dozens of notable scholars and more than 400 images from private collections and the state’s major museums and archives, including the LSU Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum, the Meadows Museum at Centenary College of Louisiana and the New Orleans Museum of Art. As Louisiana celebrates the 200th anniversary of statehood, “A Unique Slant of Light” provides a lasting record of the state’s cultural heritage.


“In ‘A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana,’ we’ve partnered with the leading institutions and scholars of Louisiana art to create a durable artifact that will benefit all citizens for years after the bicentennial,” said Sartisky. “Aligning the book’s entries with the cutting-edge online digital capabilities of ‘KnowLA: The Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture,’ we’ve produced an innovative and lasting record of the state’s artistic heritage.”


Gruber said that the book reflects the remarkable range of art and artists who were inspired and nurtured by the state of Louisiana, presenting the story of that art within the context of the state’s larger cultural and historical environment.


“It documents the diverse national and international artistic influences and developments that have shaped the art of the state from its earliest days, and showcases Louisiana’s art within the framework of 200 years of American art,” he said.


Since its initial conception, the book has increased from 375 to 450 pages in order to accommodate the remarkable body of artwork and scholarship the project located and generated. Print versions of the book are available at $120 per copy. In addition to the print version, the artists of "A Unique Slant of Light" will be featured online at, where additional image galleries and full biographies of selected artists can be explored for free by all citizens.


The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities was established in 1972 to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, multi-media documentaries, museum exhibitions, public lectures, library projects and other public humanities programming. The LEH is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. More information is available at


The LSU Museum of Art manifests a decade-long vision to offer LSU and the Baton Rouge community greater access to its diverse art collection, changing exhibitions, education programs and special events – all within an exceptional cultural complex. The museum shares the Shaw Center for the Arts with many cultural partners including the LSU School of Art Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery, LSU’s Laboratory for Creative Arts and Technology, the Manship Theatre, and the Community School for the Arts of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.


For media inquiries and interview requests with the editors, contact Brian Boyles, LEH Director of Public Relations and Programs, at 504-620-2632 or

Aaron  Looney 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, September 21, 2012