Jan 15

Nick Cave AS IS Exhibition

(Shreveport, LA) – Nick Cave came to Shreveport as artist-in-residence for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) in the summer of 2015 with a message—an invitation to celebrate what makes each of us unique—UNcommon.  He chose beaded blankets as the medium rather than the Soundsuits for which he is so well known because his vision was that the people of Northwest Louisiana would weave their own stories--personal identities—into each of these very different blankets.  On November 19th, 2016, an exhibition of 60 blankets along with spirit sticks and Brittany Strickland’s behind-the-scenes photography will open in the mainspace at artspace. 

Jan 21

Louisiana Landscaped by Mary Louise Porter and Karen Mathison Schmidt

December 1 - January 14

(Shreveport, LA) – No other state in this United States can boast the unusual and varied landscapes that Louisiana celebrates. All one needs do is take to the road from our own piney hills and woods in the northwest corner of the state and begin the trek south to see fields of corn, soybean or cotton turn to dark cypress-shrouded bayous winding their way to grassy prairies, then wind-swept coastal marshes and finally to the gritty streets of inner city New Orleans. Whether urban and rural, there is no place like Louisiana, and Author John Kemp has enlisted 37 of the state’s best artists to all express “their place" on canvas in his latest book, "EXPRESSIONS OF PLACE: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape." Kemp and two of the Northwest Louisiana artists featured in the book, Mary Louise Porter and Karen Mathison Schmidt will be featured in a special exhibition opening and book signing at artspace Thursday, December 1st at 5:30 p.m. An artist talk by Porter and Schmidt will follow on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Expressions of Place features the talent of acclaimed Louisiana art professionals some whose paintings are included in major private and public collections regionally and nationally and others who have found their followings closer to home. All artists, however, strive to express impressions of the land with artistic styles that range from traditional to the symbolic and almost totally abstract. Such a variety of interpretation becomes possible in a landscape that changes as dramatically as the Louisiana landscape does.

Porter's art explores the landscapes along the Cane River and in the meadows, glades and wooded hills of Northwest Louisiana. She studies art at Louisiana State University, but says that she was most influenced by the French impressionists. Van Gogh's perceptions of light, color and form are clearly evident in many of Porter's landscapes such as her "Louisiana Cottonfields," which is reminiscent of Van Gogh's animated treatment of skies and clouds in his 1869 painting, "Wheatfield with Cypresses."

Schmidt's art is inspired by what she refers to as the farm country of North Louisiana, and she loves looking back on the art of America's Golden Age of Illustration, especially the works of Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth. She says that she gets constant inspiration in her daily live: dogs, cates, cows, horses, trees, fields, ponds, bayous, morning, light, afternoon light..."you get the idea."

Kemp's book includes an introductory essay, which places the artists and their works in historical context, as well as individual essays and biographical sketches in which the artists, in their own words, give insight as to what they paint, how they paint, where they paint and why they are drawn to the Louisiana landscape. Expressions of Place is not an encyclopedia, catalog, or history of the visual arts in Louisiana, but is instead a celebration of the state's evocative landscape in the work of these 37 accomplished contemporary artists.

The book is as much about the landscape of the artists imaginations as it is about the land itself. With each painting, they have created visual poetry of a land and environment that has become a defining part of their lives.

The public is invited to join the FREE "LOUISIANA LANDSCAPES" exhibition opening at artspace on Thursday, December 1st from 5:30 p.m. To 7:00 p.m. with a book signing by John Kemp, author of "EXPRESSIONS OF PLACE: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape.” Complimentary nibbles will be provided by Southern Fork Catering. The art of Porter and Schmidt will remain at artspace through January 14, 2017.

Artists’ Talks Thursday, January 12

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM FREE

Mar 18


Features the New Orleans “Cowboy Indian Tribe” of Mardi Gras Indians – Exhibiting Artworks & Beaded Mardi Gras Suits; follows Beading with Nick Cave – very sculptural. Includes School Tours, Parade, Hands-On Activities

Nov 12

IT’S WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT by Bennett Sewell

Sculptor Bennett Sewell just can’t let sleeping dogs lie, so he glues, nails, and embellishes wood, aluminum and found objects to create intiricate canine sculptures that illustrate the lives, loves and human hardships of the people he meets every day. 

Find yourself in Sewell's "IT'S WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT" Exhibition opening Thursday, October 13th at artspace.  5:30pm

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Artist Talk:  Lisandra DiLiberto Brown
5:30 pm17:30

Artist Talk: Lisandra DiLiberto Brown

You have seen the show. Now hear from the artist at the FREE artist talk at artspace.  

Lisandra Di Liberto Brown moved to Shreveport from her small town of Hatillo in Puerto Rico for love. That is the sort of passion that is Lisandra Brown, and which is reflected in the brilliant reds, bold blues and opulent oranges that fill her canvasses. 

Cow Circus Exhibition by Lisandra Di Liberto Brown
Oct 1

Cow Circus Exhibition by Lisandra Di Liberto Brown

Louisianian Of The Year Lisandra Di Liberto Brown Brings Flying Red Cows to artspace August 25th

(Shreveport, LA) – Lisandra Di Liberto Brown may make you see red, but her kind of talent, inspira-tion and passion comes around only once in a blue moon. Come one, come all to the opening of Brown’s first full solo Exhibition of her complete “Red Cow” body of work, “Red Cow Circus,” Thurs-day, August 25th at artspace in downtown Shreveport.

10:00 am10:00

Shawn Barber Painting Workshop

Book your seat in this intimate class starting this week.

On Saturday, August 27th, artists can register for Barber's live figure painting workshop at "We will be painting a portrait from observation in a single session," explained Barber. "This workshop would benefit any practicing artist who has some experience with drawing and painting, especially observational drawing and painting," said Barber. "We will us a 'wet into wet' method of oil painting called 'alla-prima,' completing a portrait study in a short time frame," added Barber.

The cost is $125/person ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED. 
Disposable Palette Tray
Assorted Brushes
Gessoed Panel; 9”x12”
Galkyd Slow Dry; 
Assorted Gamblin Oil Paints*
Plus Live Model.

Register here.

5:30 pm17:30

Shawn Barber Artist Talk

Artist Shawn Barber will give a free artist talk at artspace at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26th. "I will start with a little bit of background about my work and move into my relationship with tattooing and how the Tattooed Portraits as a series started and how it has evolved," said Barber. "I will also talk a little bit about the business or art and making a living as an artist," added Barber.

12:00 pm12:00

Artside Story-time & Hands-On Fun

Tuesdays  May 24 – August 9

10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon 

Suggested Ages 4 to 11

$10/mini-bot (No charge for Mom, Dad or Grandbots)
Purchase two children's admission online and get a 3rd for FREE!
$8/mini-bot (groups 10 or more)

Register online HERE!

Featuring a different William Joyce book each week!
May 24th - Billy's Booger
May 31st - Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
June 7th - A bean, a stalk and a boy named
June 14th - The Numberlys
June 21st - The Michevians
June 28th - Ollie's Odyssey
July 5th - Santa Calls
July 12th - Dinosaur Bob & His Adventures
July 19th - Bentley & Egg
July 28th - Rolie Polie Olie
August 2nd - George Shrinks
August 9th - Day in the Life of Wilbur Robinson

10:00 am10:00

Ralph Eggleston Animation Workshop


10:00AM - 12:30PM
2:00PM - 4:00PM

If you are unsure of which you signed up for please contact

Ralph Eggleston, known for his work with Pixar Animation Studios, “Wall-E,” “For the Birds,” “Inside Out,” “Monsters, Inc.” & “Toy Story” will be doing an Animation Workshop Friday, August 5, 2 pm – 4:30 pm. @ artspace.  Seating is limited and expected to run out.  

See more of Eggleston's films at


11:00 am11:00

Moonbot Film & Feast!

The Robinson Film Center and artspace team together to provide a Saturday Brunch at Parish Taceaux/ artspace (order from menu, 10:30 am – 12:15 pm) and a 12:30 pm MOONBOT Matinee at Robinson Film Center ($5.50) featuring a “Flight of Moonbot Filmswith an introduction by Willam (Bill) Joyce and Limbert Fabian followed by a book signing!

Aug 13

Romantic Monody by Devin Rachul McClintic

Devin Rachul McClintic

Devin Rachul McClintic is photographer, director and subject in her exhibit.  “The mysteriously alluring images presented in the body of work entitled ‘Romantic Monody” describe dream-like visions of poetic melancholia, estranged intimacy and lamentable romance,” says McClintic.  


McClintic was awarded Critical MASS 4 Visual Best in Show by Gwynned Vitello, Publisher of the international art magazine Juxtapoz.

Aug 13

LIGHTNINGSTRUCK the Novel by Ashley Mace Havird

Ashley Mace Havird

When 11-year-old Etta McDaniel’s horse is struck by lightning, he not only survives but—along with Etta's shell-shocked grandfather, the family's African American housekeeper, and the widow of a Mohawk chief—initiates her into the world of "action and liability" as the Civil Rights Movement takes hold in Etta's rural South.

Ashley was awarded Critical MASS 4 Literary Best in Show by Robert L. Pincus Ph.D., former Los Angeles Times and San Diego Tribune critic.

1:00 pm13:00

• Animation and Robots! (family show)

This event is for all ages!  

Arthur Simone, from Austin, brings “Annabelle” A ROBOT that interacts with the audience…a new type of ventriloquist! 

Bot Party is a blend of comedy theater and tech in an attempt to make robots funny while keeping humans relevant.

Bot Party is a fully realized production featuring human performers improvising alongside robot counterparts that included “Anna,” a dynamic AI downloaded to a series of tablets. Blurring the lines of theatre, puppetry and magic, Bot Party is a high tech short-form improv comedy showcase that is the first of its kind.

7:00 pm19:00

Bot Party with Arthur Simone (21 and Up)

Arthur Simone, from Austin, brings “Annabelle” A ROBOT that interacts with the audience…a new type of ventriloquist! 

Bot Party is a blend of comedy theater and tech in an attempt to make robots funny while keeping humans relevant.

Bot Party is a fully realized production featuring human performers improvising alongside robot counterparts that included “Anna,” a dynamic AI downloaded to a series of tablets. Blurring the lines of theatre, puppetry and magic, Bot Party is a high tech short-form improv comedy showcase that is the first of its kind.

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10:00 am10:00

Bruce Smith Animation Workshop

BRUCE SMITH, known for his work with Walt Disney “Tarzan” & “The Princess and the Frog” will be doing an Animation Workshop Friday, July 8, 2 pm – 4:30 pm. @ artspace.  Seating is limited and expected to run out.

See more of Smith's work at

Register for all three animator workshops and save $10 using code: Save10

3:30 pm15:30

CRITCAL MASS 4 Winner's Solo Shows

See the winning work of Visual Artist Rachul McClintic and the Literary work of Ashley Mace Havrid on coolspace @ artspace!

Exhibition Openings begin at 5:30 PM.  Free and Open to the Public.

Come back for the Artists’ Talk on Thursday, July 28th (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

2:00 pm14:00

Joy Ang Animation Workshop

Joy Ang Animation Workshop
10.00 20.00
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JOY ANG, known for her work with Cartoon Network, MARVEL, & Nickelodeon will be doing an Animation Workshop Friday, June 17, 2 pm – 4:30 pm. @ artspace.  Seating is limited and expected to run out.  

See more of Joy's work at

Register for all three animator workshops and save $10 using code: Save10

6:00 pm18:00

Drink & Draw with Moonbot

Thursday, June 2
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
21+ social gathering of thirsty artists to draw and share ideas.
Purchase food or drink by Parish Taceaux.

5:29 pm17:29

Phases: A Moonbot Retrospective Exhibition Opening

Mr. Morris Lessmore and his Fantastic Flying Books, “THE NUMBERLYS” and their world with no alphabet, and a favorite toy named OLLIE are all coming together at Shreveport’s artspace this summer to welcome YOU and three famous animators to Northwest Louisiana to explore the “Art side of the Moon.” The public is invited to this very special retrospective exhibition celebrating five years of Moonbot Studios, Phases: A Moonbot Retrospective. 

Friday, May 20th
5:30PM - 8:30PM    
Cool Nibbles/Cash Bar

William Joyce will be Signing books this night, and books will be for sale at artspace.

William Joyce will be Signing books this night, and books will be for sale at artspace.

6:30 pm18:30

Outlier Artist Talk w/ Mollie Corbett

Hear straight from the artist behind Outlier!

Mollie Corbett's Artist Talk will introduce you to the compelling story behind the social-media-buzz-inducing exhibit.

Outlier, coinciding with National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, is a multi-sensory fine-art photography exhibit featuring the personal stories of sexual assault survivors to raise social awareness, dispel victim stigma, and foster restorative justice. 

Mollie Corbett Artist Talk starts at 5:30p. Admission is completely free.

Also enjoy Happy Hour at truckspace@artspace featuring local food trucks!

May 7

Outliers by Mollie Corbett

Opening reception Thursday, April 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. @ artspace.

(Shreveport, LA) – Sometimes walls CAN talk, and Mollie Corbett’s photographic art exhibit OUTLIER is going to have the walls resounding openly, freely, and triumphantly with personal stories of sexual assault, including her own, beginning with an opening reception Thursday, April 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. @ artspace.

7:00 pm19:00

Critical Mass 4 Exhibition

(Shreveport, LA) – Nowhere will the artistic energy be greater in Northwest Louisiana than @artspace and ARTSTATION in downtown Shreveport February 25-27, when more than 100 performing, visual and literary artists from ten parishes bring their best of show to the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s (SRAC) 4th annual Critical MASSexhibition.
Critical MASS is an annual critic series hosted by SRAC to advance professionalism in the arts in Northwest Louisiana through a system of formal critique.  Nationally acclaimed critics review the exhibited work of some of Northwest Louisiana’s most talented artists and name a “Best of Show” winner in each category of performing, visual and literary art.  SRAC awards a $2,000 cash prize to an artist in each of the three categories to support a solo Exhibition/Presentation in Coolspace @ artspace and an advertisement featuring the selected Artist in a national publication.
Critical MASS 4 opens its Live Performing Arts Showcase Thursday, February 25th, at 5:30 p.m. at Central Artstation at 801 Crockett St. and then premiers theVisual and Literary Arts series Friday, February 26th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. @ artspace at 710 Texas St in downtown Shreveport.  The Critics’ Award Presentation of “Best in Show” in both literary and visual arts will be revealed at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening.  Those attending the Arts Showcase will get a sneak peak of restaurateur Jason Brady’s latest venture, Parish Taceaux in a catered buffet during the Friday evening event.  On Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. @ artspace, nationally acclaimed critics will present a Critics’ Review of the importance of art critique.
The critics chosen to review Critical MASS are vital to the value of the annual critic series.  “This feedback is an essential element for a thriving, progressive arts community,” said Jay Covington, President and Publisher of The Forum magazine.  “It helps us know what we can achieve and how it will be received in the world of art outside of Northwest Louisiana.  Critical MASS is one of the most important tools regional artists have to hear legitimate and constructive feedback of their work—and that of others—from renowned professional arts critics,” added Covington.
Critics for Critical MASS 4 have been selected through a curatorial process lead by nationally renowned critic Robert L. Pincus, Ph.D., former critic for the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Tribune.  This year’s critics are some of the most respected in their fields and include Gwynned Vitello, Publisher of the international art magazineJuxtapoz and Mark Lowry, former theater critic for the Ft. Worth Star Telegram and co-founder, editor and chief theater critic for Theater Jones in Ft. Worth, TX.
Robert PIncus returns to SRAC’s Critical MASS as literary arts and lead critic for the fourth consecutive year.  He oversees the program of talks and exhibitions by visiting critics, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to cultivate arts criticism in Shreveport.  “Arts criticism creates an inviting bridge between the work that artists create in all disciplines and the potential audience for that creative work,” said Pincus, when asked about the value of art critique to an area such as Northwest Louisiana.  “When critique is well done, it can expand a region’s art audience in
communities both large and small,” added Pincus.  Robert Pincus has garnered many journalism prizes for his art reviews and commentary, including the Chemical Bank award for distinguished newspaper art criticism.  He has a combined Ph.D. in English and Art History from the University of Southern California and is the author of a seminal book on the artists Edward Kienholz and Nancy Redding Kienholz, entitled On a Scale That Competes With The World.  Pincus has written regularly for Art News and Art in America for three decades and is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles based cultural journalism PBS site, Artbuond.  He is currently a visiting professor at California State University Long Beach teaching a graduate level course to students working toward their MFA entitled Writing for Artists.
Mark Lowery is uniquely qualified to review the Critical MASS 4 performing arts showcase.  In addition to his role as a founder of Theater Jones, a website created to fill the void in arts coverage left by diminishing print media in North Texas.  Lowry is a member of the American Theater Critics Association and serves on the ATCA Executive Board and on the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/New Play Award panel. He also serves as CEO of Cloudbusting Media, Inc. and is a frequent contributor to theDallas Morning News and the Ft. Worth Start Telegram.
Gwynn Rose Vitello, who will review the visual arts of Critical MASS 4, hails from San Francisco where she owns High Speed Productions, a company started by her late husband skateboarding revolutionary Fausto Vitello.  High Speed Productions is the creator of Thrasher and Slap, magazines that catapulted the skateboarding culture into the mainstream, as well as Juxtapoz, a groundbreaking urban art magazine.  Vitello is a savvy businesswoman in the fast-morphing publishing world, where the quick turnover of digital content outpaces the posterity of glossy pages.  Thrasher andJuxtapoz are the world’s largest-circulation magazines of their genre.
When asked why she feels critique is important, Vitello comments, “After I’ve watched a movie or seen a concert, I always swing back to check the critique of a favorite critic.  I do the same after visiting an art exhibit. A deliberative, constructed perspective contributes a thoughtful viewpoint and revisits the entire experience.  I hope I can add a perspective that illuminates both the big and the little picture.”  
Following the Arts Showcase on Friday evening, the nationally acclaimed critics will present a Critics’ Review of the important of art critique, which begins at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Feb. 27th @ artspace and is open to the public.  Each Critic’s review of the final “solo” work is published in The Shreveport Times and The Forummagazine.  When asked why The Shreveport Times has supported Critical MASS by publishing the critical review since its beginning four years ago, President and Publisher Alan English said, “Showing that our artists keep step with artists in any city on the planet encourages the entire community and is needed for economic development.”
Publisher of The Forum magazine, Jay Covington also commented on why it is important for his publication to publish the critique.  “We are an avid supporter of the growth of the arts and the creative class in our area and are honored to share with our readers the critics’ opinions and reviews of those artists that have been found to have a strong vision and a talent that sets them apart.  It is another level of professionalism for the local arts community and we applaud that,” said Covington.
Admission to Critical MASS 4 is FREE.  Enjoy the Live Performing Arts Showcase Thursday, February 25th, at 5:30 p.m. at Central Artstation, the Visual and Literary Arts series Friday, February 26th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. @ artspace and the Critics’ Review On Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. @ artspace.  For more information, visit or call artspace at (318) 673-6535.

May 8

Spotted by Nick Cave

(Shreveport, LA)  Since August, Shreveport has been getting to know Soundsuit artist Nick Cave—in raffia Soundsuits rustling along the Mardi Gras parade routes, creating elaborately beaded blankets alongside the residents at Providence House, VOA LightHouse, VOA McAdoo and Mercy Center, and dancing with students at Northwestern State University and the Inter City Row Dance Company. Now you can see this world-renowned artist in a new way—leaping, spinning, dancing and hopping across the silver screen in the premier of “Spotted,” a capsule exhibition of five films that have become a significant part of the work Cave does to push the boundaries of art and performance.  Join us Friday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m. @ artspace for the film premier of Nick Cave’s “Spotted,” catered by restaurateur Jason Brady and his latest venture, Parish Taceaux, free with cash bar.  

Feb 20

2015 ArtBreak Winning Showcase Exhibition

This exciting exhibition features the award-winning ArtBreak artworks! ArtBreak is the South’s largest Student Arts Festival featuring performance, literary and visual artworks by students in Caddo and Bossier Parish Schools.

Opening Reception: THURSDAY, January 21
FREE Admission 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cool Nibbles & Cash Bar


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