October 1 – 29, 2016
Opening Reception, October 1, 6 – 9P
Members Preview, October 1, 5P
Monday – Friday, 10A – 4P
Saturday, Noon – 6P
or by appointment
(New Orleans – September 6, 2016)
The AIA New Orleans will open a unique exhibition
featuring the work of local artist Jill Stoll on October 1, on view until October 29. “WITHDRAWN” will feature a 4’ x 40’ collage mural comprised of paper ephemera. Using intricately cut pages from “withdrawn” library books, Stoll takes that which was intentionally fragmented in order to rebuild it. Having passed through many hands for decades, these decommissioned books could be lost to the digital age but Stoll commemorates them through art and collage.
The exhibition will include pieces from her “Fictitious Cartographies” series and a new triptych called, “Situated Rondure”. Also on view are selections from Stoll’s piece, “An Unhealthy Obsession with Geography”, a series of double-sided collages. Hanging in space, the work can be observed from multiple viewpoints.
Born and raised in Michigan, Stoll attended two of the state’s most celebrated cultural institutions, earning a high school diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Since moving to New Orleans in 2009, she has been affiliated with Tulane School of Architecture, teaching first year drawing and electives in mixed media collage. As editor, she oversaw the relaunch of the reVIEW, a time-honored publication that highlights the best of student work. From 2012-2015, Stoll served as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Career Explorations in Architecture.
By the end of September 2016, Stoll will have snail mailed 1,385 original postcard collages through her Random Acts of Mail Art Project (a completely commerce-free endeavor that aligns with the concept of Random Acts of Kindness) and Mail Art Monthly Subscriptions, available on Etsy.
Interviews and hi-resolution photos are available upon request.
Joel Pominville, email@example.com, 504-525-8320
Jill Stoll, firstname.lastname@example.org, 646-209-8499
The American Institute of Architects was founded in New York in 1857. The Western Association was organized in the Midwest in 1884, and three years later a local chapter of that association was formed in New Orleans as the Louisiana State Association of Architects, and Thomas Sully became its first President.
At the 1889 AIA Convention in Cincinnati, the Western Association and the AIA were merged, and all Western Association members became fellows of the AIA. In 1905, fourteen architectural draftsmen formed the Louisiana Architectural Association, and, in its first year, it was instrumental in establishing an architectural course at Tulane University, night classes for draftsmen in its offices, and the City’s first architectural magazine, Architectural Art and Its Allies. Another accomplishment was the development of regulations for local design competitions, a common means of awarding architectural commissions at the turn of century.
The New Orleans chapter of the AIA was formed in 1909 as a direct result of flagrant deviations from these regulations by one of the City’s largest banks in conducting its design competition for its main office on St. Charles.