LSU Museum of Art to Present Conversation with Artists Kelli Scott Kelley and Constance Romero Sept. 25

09/22/2014 08:36 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Museum of Art will host local professor, artist and author Kelli Scott Kelley, along with Jungian analyst Constance Romero in a discussion that will address the meanings of dreams and how one can interpret the human psyche.


The event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m., at the LSU Museum of Art, located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., in downtown Baton Rouge.


This program will include a tour of Kelley’s exhibition, “Accalia and the Swamp Monster,” followed by the discussion between Kelley and Romero. They will dive into untangling the multiple forms of consciousness in Kelley’s narrative. The discussion will also address the nature of dreams, the representative qualities of the chosen geography for the story, the complex themes of remorse, rebirth and resolution and the lessons found in folklore and legend.  


Kelley is an award-winning artist and professor of art at LSU. The recent recipient of the 2014 Michael Crespo Visual Artist Fellowship, she received a master of fine art degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Her inspiration for “Accalia and the Swamp Monster” came from a 2007 trip to Italy to study early Renaissance image cycles and a desire to write her own mythological narrative.


“The fairy-tale-like story of Accalia and the Swamp Monster is based on my own autobiography and dreams,” Kelley said. “The images in my artwork have often referenced fairy tales and fables, and so I became curious about writing a mythological narrative as a starting point for a series of artworks. After travelling to Northern Italy to study Renaissance image cycles, I wrote ‘Accalia and the Swamp Monster,’ and made the intimate, personal works on display in this exhibition.”


Romero is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Mandeville, La. She is also a training analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and a faculty member of the New Orleans Jungian Seminar. She has a professional background in Theatre and lectures around the US on the interface between the arts and depth psychology.


The program will be $3 for non-members and free for LSU Museum of Art members.


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General admission is $5 each for adults and children age 13 and up. Admission is free to university faculty, staff, and students with ID, children age 12 and up, and museum members. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (225) 389-7200.





Contact Aaron Looney
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Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014