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Monday, June 10, 2013

East Bank Gallery feature Caroline Youngblood

Artist Biography

Julia Caroline Youngblood grew up surrounded by cotton fields on Breston Plantation, located in Riverton, Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting, graduating Magna cum Laude. Youngblood pursued graduate work at Syracuse University, New York, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana Tech University with a concentration in Drawing and Painting. She enjoys sharing her talents doing volunteer work at arts organizations in Monroe, Columbia, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Youngblood has teaching experience as instructor of record for beginning watercolor and teaching assistant in numerous courses at the college level. Her work has been included in a multitude of juried and solo exhibitions, including the 2012 “Louisiana Contemporary” at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. She recently completed a three-month residency at Centre d’Art, Marnay sur Seine, France (CAMAC), funded by an Artist’s Career Advancement Grant awarded by Louisiana Division of the Arts.

Caroline’s solo exhibitons are a multi-sensory experience. Events typically include live Blues music and an array of Louisiana cuisine to reinforce the content of her work.

Artist Statement

Riverton, 1937 is a series of drawings and paintings rendered from a 1937 family film. The monochromatic footage was shot 75 years ago on and around our farm in Riverton, Louisiana. I choose certain snapshots from the film for their haunting nature and painterly qualities, juggling reality and abstraction, to produce a story of the recorded past.

These paintings were during a three month residency at the Centre d’Art Marnay-sur-Seine, France (CAMAC).

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