Author: John R. Kemp

Art: Garden of Memories

On an unlikely spot in an older section of Hammond, Louisiana, sits one man’s tribute to the African-American experience. Dr. Charles Smith’s African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archive is unlike any other museum. It is a personal and spiritual…

The View from Above

Louisianians have heard the alarming reports. Rising sea-levels, saltwater intrusion, land subsidence, canal dredging, hurricanes, invasive animal species and man-made levees are destroying Louisiana’s coastal wetlands at a rate of up to 35 square miles a year, an average of…

Artist: Louisiana Monsters

The South Louisiana landscape is filled with mythical symbols of the people and cultures that have struggled to survive in an increasingly industrial world that has swept across the state over the last century. Baton Rouge artist Jonathan Mayers, alias…

Louisianians of the Year

Each year, we comb the state in search of Louisianians who are doing great things at home and, potentially, around the country or even the world. We look for individuals who stand out in their professions, give back and represent…

Wild at Heart

The Louisiana landscape is an irresistible story. Its shadowy bayous and sugarcane fields are mood-setting backdrops for novelists, photographers and artists who sit for hours with palettes, paints and canvases  to capture those moments when warm sunlight haloes over and…

The Art of Crime

The French artist Georges Braque once described art “as a wound turned into light.” In New Orleans, Detective Charles Hoffacker, a 14-year-veteran of the New Orleans Police Department, is shinning light on the city’s wounds through his art. Watching the…

Iconic Imagery

“Memento Mori”   According to the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, “nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” Over the years, Breaux Bridge’s transcendental photographer Lynda Frese has traveled the world, studying religions, mythologies, early goddess cults and the classical…

The Namesake's Art

As New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial, nothing could be more fitting than a visit from the city’s namesake, Philippe II, Duc d’Orléans. Of course the duke can’t come in person, he died in 1723, but what is coming to the…

Prospect 4

“The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp” International contemporary art comes to New Orleans

The Quiz

Know Your Tricentennial New Orleans 1718-2018

Dawn DeDeaux

New Orleans artist uses installations to save ‘MotherShip’ Earth and Louisiana’s wetlands

Natural Moments

Timothy Fontenot of Lake Charles photographs marshes and bayous of Southwest Louisiana

Dave Ivey

Dave Ivey captures character and beauty in Northwest Louisiana

Poetic Art

New Iberia artist Paul Shexnayder creates pieces that deliver universal messages.

"Art and Shadows" on the Bayou Teche

Lynda Frese’s haunting photo collages of the Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation in New Iberia call to mind William Faulkner’s memorable line in his 1950 book, Requiem for a Nun – “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”