Achilles Print Studio
Local studio inspires artists to persevere through obstacles
While achilles may allude to weakness for many, for Jessica E. Moore it represents willpower and the determination to succeed.
After completing her MFA in studio art at Texas Tech, Moore moved back to Lafayette to launch Achilles Studio, a Fine Art School and Printmaking Studio, in January of 2016.
Officially, the studio is named after her dog Achilles. He was a Great Japanese Akita and Moore’s constant companion until he passed away in the summer of 2013.
“He was a loyal friend who was with me through multiple chapters of my life, and he is a constant reminder to stay strong and persevere,” says Moore. “I think it’s important, especially for artists, to continue to make work and put yourself out there even when doors seem to be closing. Follow your passion and believe in yourself.”
Moore gained experience in the field during her time as a graduate part-time instructor in printmaking and figure drawing at Texas Tech University and while teaching printmaking in Thailand at the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Chiang Mai.
A few months before graduating the idea to bring Achilles to Lafayette was born.
“The fine art of printmaking is not as easily accessible as something like painting is, so I wanted to create a community printmaking studio that would be readily available to the public and would help spread awareness about the practice and study of printmaking,” says Moore. “I plan to have the studio equipped with printmaking equipment by 2018.”
Currently Moore serves as both the owner of Achilles and the curator at the Frame Shop Gallery 912 in Lafayette, but she takes time out of her schedule to teach drawing and printmaking classes at the studio.
“It is rewarding to help and engage students to become more active in the creative process,” says Moore. “I want to inspire creativity, and seeing student’s inspiration and enthusiasm is very inspiring and rewarding to me. Through my professional involvement, I’ve learned how to help foster creative activity and inspire professional development within the community.”
Moore grew up in a creative environment, with a mother who was a drafter, a father who was an architect and her sister who is now an author.
“For as long as I can remember, I was always drawing, painting and creating artwork,” says Moore. “I did not discover the art of printmaking until I went to college for my BFA degree, but I continued to further myself in the area.”
Her time in school and experiences would eventually culminate in Moore’s inspiration to bring a printmaking studio to Lafayette.
“I think all of these experiences plus my love of the arts and commitment to furthering my education and myself as an artist helped inspire me to bring a place for arts to Lafayette,” says Moore. “I wanted to provide the community and artists access to a creative space to learn and practice of the fine arts.”
The studio provides these opportunities through art classes and creative workshops offered every month as well as host exhibitions, readings and lectures offered throughout the year.
Classes, lectures and workshops are taught by professional artists and writers.
“Our mission is to foster arts education and creativity in Acadiana,” says Moore. “The facility offers opportunities for professional artists to teach and further their research and studio practice.”
The studio offers art classes, workshops and lectures in multiple genres, such as printmaking, drawing, painting and creative writing. They also offer classes for all age groups and skill levels.
For more information about Achilles, visit achillesprintstudio.com or call 337-534-8491.
DTA! presents Marc Broussard, Fri., Oct. 20, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Lafayette
Downtown Alive! presents Marc Broussard with special guest Blue Monday Review featuring "Lil' Buck" Sinegal, Major Handy, Lee Allen Zeno, Sir Reg and Steve Adams with special guests.
Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into contemporary terms. This gift has been a matter of common knowledge since 2002, when Broussard released his debut album, Momentary Setback, which he recorded and released independently at age 20.
Since, Marc has garnered national success releasing records and performing on national stages such as Jimmy Kimmel Live! Conan O'Brien, and the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. His latest record, Easy to Love, is currently available under his own record label.
- 2017 Boudin Cook-Off, Sat., Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Lafayette
Come out to the 10th Annual Boudin Cook-Off Benefits Preservation Alliance of Lafayette non-profit.
Sample Local Boucherie Delicacies, Win Prizes, Drink Local Brews, listen to Blue Runners, Babineaux Sisters and Iceman Retuns.
- The Cajun Navy: a film by Allan Durand, Sun., Oct. 22, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Lafayette
Friends of the Humanities presents "THE CAJUN NAVY," a documentary film by Allan Durand, producer/director. Including a Q & A and a light reception
$10 for UL Students with ID
$25 for others
- eTown On The Road: Lafayette, Louisiana – ‘I Wanna Sing Right,’ Wed., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Lafayette
Explore the work of UL Lafayette Professor of Visual Arts, Steven Breaux. This talk is presented as a part of the ArtSpark award from Lafayette Economic Development Authority and the Acadiana Center for the Arts.
Professor Steven Breaux will focus on “Waking Space: The Emerging Art Object, Quantum Theory, and Algorithmic Art” referencing the transitional space between the idea and its materialization. Where does one end and the other begin? What is the “nature” of the transitional area? Paintings are physical objects and the end result of ideas, concepts, and belief systems. How is a digital image, as the end result of a series of algorithms, different than a physical painting? What is the relationship of perception and matter to the process of artistic creation? These questions have led him to relate art processes to certain experiments and concepts of quantum theory through artistic experimentation. “Waking Space” is a solo exhibit at the Acadiana Center for the Arts on display from Oct. 14 – Dec. 16.