Introducing Paul Kieu

Introducing Paul Kieu

My name is Paul Kieu, and I’m a photographer based right here in Downtown Lafayette. I’m originally from Vermilion Parish, and these days I primarily work in editorial and commercial photography. Through that work, I’m able to travel around the state to photograph a wide variety of things from obvious subjects like Mardi Gras to obscure small-town museums and single day festivals.  After spending the formative years of my career (and my early 20’s) in photojournalism, I naturally see the world through that lens, constantly curious (or nosy?) and drawing inspiration from the people and places of Louisiana. I’m constantly...

Introducing Kristie Mayeaux

Introducing Kristie Mayeaux

Since 2008 Kristie Mayeaux has been a working artist, academic and contemplative. She has foundations in painting with a growing interdisciplinary investigation on the intersections of the Anthropocene and Spirituality. With this work she hopes to provide insight to our interdependence with one another and the natural world, and to deepen her own connection to her interior and exterior worlds.  Kristie holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont and her BFA in Painting from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has participated in several of Lafayette’s most exciting public arts events such as Project...

Introducing Terrance Morgan

Introducing Terrance Morgan

Terrance Morgan began training as a self-taught dancer doing mostly free-style (improvisation), which is when he first was introduced to the hip hop dance style of B-Boying. This led to him becoming an original member of a local dance group called Kabuki Kru.  Terrance began traveling throughout the U.S. to participate in underground B-Boy Battles, where he continued to learn about a variety of dance styles.  The more he learned, the more his passion grew.  He saw the impact that dance had on the communities he visited and knew that he wanted to do more than simply entertain. He wanted...

Introducing Jo Vidrine

Introducing Jo Vidrine

I call myself the Freelance Cajun, Seemed like a good ear-catching name that serves as an umbrella title for some of the things that I do. My passions lie in music, photography, and sharing food from southwest Louisiana. I have a deep connection and sense of place in south Louisiana through its music, culture, and access to the natural world.  As time has gone on I’ve managed to turn my passions into business ventures. I am a traveling musician playing cajun music in many places across the country and internationally. I’ve been fortunate to explore the professional photography world as...

Introducing Natalie Kojis

Introducing Natalie Kojis

I’ve always loved to move. Being a kinesthetic learner, I’ve always relied on movement to help me improve both mentally and physically. I definitely did the ballet-tap-jazz thing when I was younger but it wasn’t really until high school that I learned how to channel my emotions through dance. This made dancing almost hypnotic for me – it was my therapy. Being in touch with my movement allows me to be in touch with myself, and that mind-body connection teaches me how to listen.  I’m a movement artist based in Lafayette, LA. I studied dance at the University of Louisiana...

Introducing Emily Spikes

Introducing Emily Spikes

Emily Spikes is a painter born, raised, and working in Lafayette, Louisiana. Her work is influenced primarily by the sights, sounds, and traditions of Louisiana culture. Her biggest goal with her work is to remind the viewer that even the most simple elements of our culture are filled with beauty and intrigue. She spends most days creating new paintings in her home studio and documenting the process on social media. Some of her special projects include 30 original paintings commissioned for Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, as well as a children’s book, “Rise and Shine, Sweet Child,” by local author Taylor Curry....

Introducing Nicole Curtis

Introducing Nicole Curtis

I fell in love with dance at the young age of three years old. What started off as rolling around on the floor and making up dances for my friends and family turned into a lifelong passion. I studied dance extensively through my adolescence and high school. After a short hiatus from dance a few months before entering my college years, I quickly learned that dance and movement are an integral part of my life.  I studied dance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and earned my BFA in Performing Arts. While in school, I began teaching dance. Upon graduation,...

Introducing Michael Eble

Introducing Michael Eble

Michael Eble was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a BFA degree in painting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a MFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Mississippi. He is currently Curator of Exhibitions, Events, and Engagement for the College of the Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He also serves as Project Manager for the art subscription service BARE WALLS. He recently relocated back to Louisiana in 2016 from Minnesota where he was an Associate Professor of Studio Art and Curator of the Edward J. & Helen...

Introducing Sarah Lass

Introducing Sarah Lass

I am a dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator, currently splitting my time between Louisiana and Massachusetts. My work centers dance improvisation and compositional practice in conversation with a wide range of fields including ecology, neurophysiology, and philosophy to explore intersections between embodiment, perception, and design. The mode of my creative output encompasses choreography, performance, creative writing, and academic scholarship.  My choreography, presented in proscenium theatres, intimate studio settings, galleries, bars, and libraries, often sets into motion formal systems or processes, or explicitly introduces spatial, temporal, or gestural constraints, and then creates frames to witness how such systems and processes, and...

Introducing Rachel Adams

Introducing Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams is the Marketing Manager at the Acadiana Center for the Arts and co-owner of the new aerial gym in town, Sky Craft. Rachel finds herself captivated by Acadiana’s rich cultural ecosystem that includes art, local music, food, and the special places that create community. She was drawn to her position at the AcA because it aligns with this vision and offers a platform to cultivate the local creative community. She is a fan of the performing arts whether it be dance, theater or music and takes an active role as an aerial silks performer and teacher. Rachel discovered...