actual katrina destruction and drawing of same

Working on 2015 Lizardi (Ghosts), conte on paper, 26 x 40 inches, 2006

A series of works by artist and NSCC faculty member Jeffrey Marshall

As part of North Shore Community College’s (NSCC) Arts in April celebration, select drawings from "The New Orleans Drawing Project", a series of works by artist and NSCC faculty member Jeffrey Marshall, will be hung in the Lynn Campus library, 300 Broad Street. As part of the exhibition, Marshall will give a talk on April 13 at 10am, in LE 203 on the Lynn Campus. The exhibit and talk are free and open to the public. 

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina plowed into Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, and the levee walls protecting New Orleans failed, flooding the city. The resulting devastation woke the nation to both the impending effects of global warming, and the failure of our infrastructure to adequately plan for the future

Marshall, an artist who moved to New Orleans in the 1990s to become a public school teacher with Teach for America, was living in Massachusetts watching the images of water pouring into the city as residents huddled on rooftops and begged their government for help.

His response to the disaster was to pack up his studio and begin drawing in the streets of the crippled city, providing a first-hand account of New Orleans’ recovery over a decade of trips. The complete project encompasses 10 large-scale drawings, over 20 smaller drawings, sketchbooks, and a series of oil paintings. This work has been featured in the New York Times, Art New England, and Artscope Magazine among others. It has been exhibited nationally, and was part of Holy Cross College’s Katrina: Then and Now, an exhibition of work related to New Orleans’ recovery, where he was also commissioned to create a wall drawing for the gallery entrance.

Over the course of "The New Orleans Drawing Project" Marshall was supported by the Puffin Foundation, JetBlue Airways, Daniel Smith Art supplies, Winsor-Newton, Enterprise Rental Cars, and many of the colleges where he worked.

Click here to see the full list of Arts in April events, all free and open to the public.


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