RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING with The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Thursday, November 8
6 p.m.

Transient

Join us for a reception and book signing to celebrate the publication of A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana.  Shreveport’s own Neil Johnson will speak about the city’s unique artistic history and Dr. Sartisky will sign copies of the book. This event is free and open to the public. 

Books cost $120 per copy. You can preview the book here. In addition to the print version, the artists in this publication are featured online at www.knowla.org, where additional image galleries and full biographies of selected artists can be explored for free by all citizens.

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More information from LEH:

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), in partnership with the State Bicentennial Commission, announces the publication of A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana. To mark the publication and celebrate the bicentennial, the LEH embarks this fall on a statewide tour to several of Louisiana’s great museums. 

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, 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 Meadows Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum, the LSU Museum of Art, 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. On November 8th, Shreveport’s own Neil Johnson will speak about the city’s unique artistic history and Dr. Sartisky will sign copies of the book.

"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," says Dr. 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."

“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,” Dr. Gruber notes. “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. 

Since its initial conception, the book increased from 375 to 450 pages in order to accommodate the remarkable body of artwork and scholarship the project located and generated. The price remains $120 per copy. In addition to the print version, the artists of A Unique Slant of Light are featured online at KnowLA (www.knowla.org), 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.