Teacher Feature: Michael LeBlanc inspires through creativity

By Hunter Jones

Philip Michael LeBlanc is a man of various talents in Ruston with skills that can be seen in and outside of Louisiana Tech. From photography to graphic design or woodworking to teaching, LeBlanc pursues his passions.

LeBlanc is from a small, rural town, Rayne, which LeBlanc explained as the “self-proclaimed frog capital of the world.:

“I had to cultivate creativity to stay sane,” LeBlanc said.

Here he found entertainment in drawing, crafting and woodworking which helped him settle on taking a career path into the arts. 

He graduated with his BFA in graphic design at Louisiana Tech and has been a part of the Tech family since 2008 as an academic adviser and instructor in the School of Communication since earning his master’s degree in mass communication at Grambling State University. 

“Initially, my main role was as an academic adviser of The Tech Talk student newspaper and SPEAK Magazine,” LeBlanc said. 

LeBlanc didn’t stop there though as he also does freelance work under Blanc Studio which consists of print/web design, branding, photography and videography. 

He has out-of-state and local clients. Some of his clients include the Dixie Center for the Arts, The Doug Williams Center, Grambling State University, TNT Greens, Collier Realtors and The Carpenter Shed.

“My photography has shown in several local galleries / spaces including The Monroe Airport Gallery, The Masur Museum of Art, Peach Festival Art Gallery and NCLAC 50@50,” LeBlanc said. “My work has also been published in several publications including Bayou Life Magazine.”

If that wasn’t enough, LeBlanc also has a passion for woodworking, specifically furniture like beds, dressers and photo frames. 

“My father was the major inspiration for my woodworking,” LeBlanc said. “He was a highly skilled craftsman who worked for the Acadia Parish School Board for many years.”

LeBlanc said his father introduced him to wood tools early in his life and what he learned from all of those interactions have stayed with him to this day and said he didn’t appreciate the lessons his father taught him until later into adulthood when he began loving architecture and furniture design.

“I truly believe that with the skills I learned from my father, the right tools ,plus a little bit of YouTube, I could build almost anything,” LeBlanc said.

Right now he teaches courses at Tech on videography, publication/graphic design and photography and used to teach classes like practical journalistic writing and public speaking and you can find his freelance work under https://www.weareblancstudio.com/. 

“I have been, am currently, and will always be a work in progress in everything that I do,” LeBlanc said.

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