Tech’s School of Design opens its galleries

By Thomas Stodghill, IV

The School of Design at Louisiana Tech has opened its galleries for the first time in the school year. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the school has been hit with challenges with showing their students’ work.

Brooke Cassady, assistant professor of studio art, explained some of the challenges with the pandemic.

“We had fewer shows last year in the gallery due to Covid,” Cassady said. “We held public shows in the spring quarter but kept some of the receptions private for the health and safety of our students.”

Cassady said that the School of Design did do some of its annual exhibits last year, such as a juried student exhibition and showing off work from undergraduate and graduate students in different majors, such as graphic design, interior design, studio art and architecture.

This year, the school kicked the year off by showing the Phoebe Allen Mathys Collection, which started this week.

This features not only work by Mathys, but also Mary Moffett, Kelly Fearing, Elizabeth Bethea, Ed Pinkston and more. 

Mathys received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from Tech. She specialized in two-dimensional design, color theory and advanced media and presentation techniques. 

Her artwork has been featured in over 150 exhibitions locally, regionally, and nationally. Mathys created two murals that hang in the theater in the Monroe Civic Center. 

After 33 years of teaching at Louisiana Tech, she was honored Professor Emeritus status.

This show will run until Oct. 5, and it is free to the public. The galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Phoebe Allen Mathys collection is one of several shows that the School of Design is planning to do this school year. 

Their next show is going to start on October 19. That will feature colleges from Retired Art Historian and Louisiana Tech Professor Saul Zalesch. 

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