(January 26, 2010)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Museum Show to Feature Works from Alexandria Collectors

Selections from the Collection of David and Nicole Holcombe runs through April 18

Taking Up Serpents
a ceramic piece by Wayne Ferguson, is among artwork that will be on display at Meadows Museum of Art

SHREVEPORT, La.— The Uniquely Louisiana series continues Sunday with the opening of the exhibition, "Focus Gallery: Selections From the Collection of David and Nicole Holcombe" at Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College. The exhibit runs through April 18 and is free and open to the public.

Approximately two dozen works in a variety of media by contemporary Louisiana artists are included in this remarkable collection that was assembled over a period of 25 years by David and Nicole Holcombe of Alexandria, La.

Aptly described as "visual arts powerhouses", the mission of this couple is to "collect locally" in order to support Louisiana's working artists. As a result of their collecting activities, the Holcombe's have forged long-term relationships with many of the artists whose works they have acquired. During this exhibition, the couple will bring their message to Shreveport in a gallery talk that addresses the "hows" and "whys" of their collecting activity.

Two special events are scheduled:

  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30: Member's exhibition preview. Open to members of Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum, but anyone can join. Memberships start at $35. There will be drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The Holcombes will attend.
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31: Gallery talk, "The Making of the Holcombe Collection with David and Nicole Holcombe," when the couple will discuss the "hows" and "whys" of their collecting activity. There will be light refreshments. Admission: free.

The Meadows Museum of Art is located on the campus of Centenary College at 2911 Centenary Boulevard in Shreveport. The Museum is open to the general public from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday; from 1- 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed on Monday. The Museum is free of charge to the general public. For further information call 318.869.5040.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.