Deidre Dumas Labat
36.5 x 36 in. (92.71 x 91.44 cm)
Carl Joe Williams
(New Orleans, LA, 1970 – )
Medium and Support:
Acrylic on board
Commissioned by the Office of the President of Tulane University
Multimedia artist Carl Joe Williams is a New Orleans native who creates paintings, large scale installations and narrative-driven work that speaks to our collective human condition. His upcycled assemblages, vibrant color combinations and rhythmic geometric patterns echo African diasporic memory as well as natural systems. Transportive visual experiences are crafted through Williams’ use of reflective, kinetic, sonic and textured elements.
In the portrait, Williams honors Newcomb College alumni Deidre Dumas Labat, the first African American undergraduate to earn a degree from the school. Labat graduated in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She went on her earn a master’s degree in biology in 1969, and had a successful career in higher education, including serving as the senior vice president for academic affairs at Xavier University of Louisiana. She was honored by Tulane in November, 2019 with the naming and dedication of the The Décou-Labat Residence Hall.
This portrait was commissioned by Tulane University as part of the Tulane Trailblazers initiative, an aspect of the 2015 Presidential Commission on Race and Tulane Values. The goal of the commission is to make the university a more racially diverse, inclusive and supportive community.
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Dimensions: 36.5 x 36 in. (927.1 x 914.4 mm)
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