Artists and Sense of Place Residency Program: Bucktown Seafood with Marie Riviere Elementary School

March 9 to May 7, 2017

At the heart of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s mission is educating the public in the visual arts and culture of the American South.  Since 2001, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s residency program, Artist and Sense of Place, has paired professional artists with local schools to explore the history, practices, and identity of the student’s world.  Working with elementary school children in the medium of the artist’s choice, the artist spends three weeks with students exploring the influence of geography and sense of place.  Upon completion of the residency, the students visit the museum to view their finished works of art.

Artist Jacqueline Ehle Inglefield designed a project for 258 third, fourth, and fifth graders from Marie Riviere Elementary School that explores the rich seafood culture surrounding their school’s neighborhood “Bucktown” at the foot of Lake Pontchartrain, an estuary connected to the Gulf of Mexico.  Guided by her passion for the environment, Inglefield employed recycled plastic as the primary medium, shining a spotlight on the ecological connection between manmade debris, the health of waterways, and the foods we eat.  Colored fragments of recycled plastic are “quilted” to large-rendition armatures of local seafood, modeled in advance by the artist.  Students also worked individually and collaboratively with partners and groups to build real and imagined creatures that reside in the habitat of their installation.

Mixed media artist Jacqueline Ehle Inglefield was born in New Orleans, LA, in 1968 and received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking in 1992 from Virginia Commonwealth University.  In 2014 Jacqueline returned to her native New Orleans to advance her work in sculpting from non-traditional materials and found objects. In 2015, she was a featured artist in the Louisiana Contemporaries exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.  In September 2016, Jacqueline served as artist-in-residence in Tulane University’s Flint and Steel Residency at A Studio in the Woods, examining ecological stewardship among the world’s major religions.  Her works are held in several private collections. Jacqueline would like to dedicate this show in memory of Lucianne Charmichael.