LSU Museum of Art presents “When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan”

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana–On March 11, the LSU Museum of Art will present the exhibition, “When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan


Julie Heffernan Camp Bedlam, 2016 / Oil on canvas / 68 x 104 inches

Julie Heffernan‘s recent paintings create alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess. With rising waters, she imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree boughs, and road signs guide the journey. Construction cones interrupt the landscape signaling places to stop, enter tiny interior worlds, and reflect on the human condition–its feckless activity, violence, failure, and redemption. Heffernan tends these alternative environments to safeguard bounties we cannot live without. In other moments, she names names and points fingers to those people and activities implicated in recent calamities of both the physical and socio-political environment. Intricately wrought, Heffernan’s paintings evoke the fantastical allegory of Hieronymus Bosch and the sublime of Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt.

When the Water Rises” is a collaboration between the LSU College of Art + Design and LSU Museum of Art. Heffernan is a visiting lecturer for the School of Art. This exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by curator Courtney Taylor, art critic and writer Eleanor Heartney, and LSU Professor of Art Kelli Scott Kelley.

Julie Heffernan received her MFA in Painting from Yale and a BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Heffernan has received numerous grants including an NEA, NYFA, and Fullbright Fellowship and is in the collection of major museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is represented by P.P.O.W in New York and Catharine Clark in San Francisco. Heffernan is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University.

The exhibition, organized by the LSU Museum of Art, will travel throughout 2018, including Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at The University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida; Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

When the Water Rises” will be on view at the LSU Museum of Art through September 17, 2017.

For more information about this exhibition, or any of the accompanying programs, contact Brandi Simmons at or call 225-389-7209.

Exhibition programming

LSU School of Art Lecture with Julie Heffernan

Wednesday, March 15, 5 p.m., LSU Design Building, Room 103

Reception and Gallery Talk with Julie Heffernan

Thursday, March 16, 2016, 6 – 8:30 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, Fifth floor

A gallery talk with Julie Heffernan begins at 6:30 p.m. on the fifth floor with light refreshments from 7 – 8:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available. Attendance is free for members, $5 for students and faculty with ID, and $10 for nonmembers.

Additional works available can be found at the Mark Moore Fine Art ARTSY site here.



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