Art Professor’s Work Exhibited in National Competition

THIBODAUX, La. —  A Nicholls State University art professor’s work was selected for display at the 32nd annual Northern National Art Competition (NNAC). 

Associate Professor Joseph Holsapple submitted a still-life oil painting of toys and household objects. The image evokes childhood, complete with a paper boat. His work will be in the Nicolet College Art Gallery, located in Wisconsin, until Nov. 15. 

The NNAC is a cooperative venture of the Northern Arts Council and the Nicolet College Art Gallery. The competition will award more than $8,500 in prizes. 

Scott Stulen will judge the works. Stulen is the director and president of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Holsapple’s work has been exhibited both regionally and nationally, including The First Street Gallery in New York, Manifest Gallery’s Fresh Paint Biennial in Cincinnati and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Manifest Gallery’s International Painting Annual and Fresh Paint Magazine issues 4 and 12 have also featured his works.

Holsapple is one of many professors in the Department of Art to have their work displayed across the nation. With interactive courses and unique experiences, the art department remains one of the most popular programs on campus. The program offers a bachelor of fine art with concentrations in art education, art history, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.


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