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The Neighborhood Anthology Project of Baton Rouge Louisiana

in Baton Rouge United States

The Neighborhood Anthology Project is an interactive public work being created by Leah Hamel, Verne Hallock and Ronni Bourgeois. Our Mission- To tell our story: a complex and diverse community collaborating to provide an opportunity for understanding, inclusion, and resilience. To share our stories, to hear and be heard by our neighbors, to shed light on falsehoods and intolerance, and promote greater discourse that will lead to understanding and a unified community.

Presenting on behalf of The Neighborhood Anthology Project are Leah Hamel, Ronni Bourgeois, and Veronica Hallock.


Leah Hamel is a professional artist as well as the Art Education Coordinator at Manship Theatre. She earned her BFA from University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2012 specializing in ceramics and sculpture with a minor in art history. Hamel was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the sculpture department as well as the Campus Exhibition Coordinator at Louisiana State University. She graduated with her MFA in 2016 receiving the Dean’s Medal of Honor for leadership and achievement. Hamel’s work is narrative, telling stories about our experiences as humans in our personal relationships with ourselves and others surrounding us. Her objects range from recognizable objects to biomorphic forms, drawing connections from surrounding objects, and landscape. Many of her sculptural paper objects evoke comfort, relating to shelter or protection while also eliciting quiet vulnerability and physicality. Hamel’s work draws viewers to contemplate the connection between inner emotional and outer physical landscapes.

Ronni Bourgeois is an artist recently graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Photography. In both her photographic and sculptural endeavors
she tends to be interested in socially aware topics where she draws attention to social structures and brings them to the forefront for audiences to observe and discuss. Pulling inspiration from artists like Rineke Dijkstra, Martin Parr, Ann Hamilton, Nari Ward, Eva Hesse, Carrie Mae Weems, Wafaa Bilal and more who are interested in similar ideas; she is an observer and story-teller about the things that she sees. Bourgeois works across mediums, from sculpture, performance art and photojournalism to collaborative Zines focused on topics ranging from womanhood to disposable cameras. Ultimately she is interested in being very human with people that she meets. These honest and real interactions that she has with people of all types are what currently influence in her work.

Veronica Hallock earned her BFA from Herron School of Art & Design at Indiana University in 2012, Hallock graduated with her MFA from Louisiana State University, where she was awarded the dean’s medal for her art. Her work is about the alteration of narrative, specifically mythologies, fairy tales, and
folktales. Blending traditional stories with her own experiences, Hallock creates visual anthologies that communicate a contemporary woman's struggle to reconcile her identity with traditional female archetypes. Hallock's work imbues traditional feminine archetypes with modern tensions and urges viewers to question traditional motifs underlying our culture. Her approach to her craft has drawn national and international attention. Hallock has exhibited at the 6th National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art Triennial at Rutgers University, the Elevator Project's exhibition for the Gulf Coast Biennial, along with Foster Gallery in Baton Rouge and the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.
In addition to her exhibitions, Hallock also has several publications. Her work has appeared in The Tulane Review, Writing About Art: A Collaboration Between New Delta Review and Prospect 3, and 500 Handmade Books Volume 2 ​ (Lark Crafts, 2013).

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Coming Together

BY THE NEIGHBORHOOD ANTHOLOGY PROJECT OF BATON ROUGE LOUISIANA
@ VOL 4 ON MAR 31, 2017

As a collective of three artists, the Neighborhood Anthology Project is collaborating with Baton Rouge community members with the goal to use art as a platform to share all of our stories, to hear and be heard by our neighbors, to shed light on falsehoods and intolerances, and promote greater discourse that will lead to understanding and a unified community.

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PAST VOL 4

Baton Rouge @ Monochrome - Everything Modern
Mar 31, 2017