biography
     

 

Born
Basile, Louisiana, 1943

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Southern University Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1968
Master of Arts, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1972
Master of Fine Arts, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1973

Teaching
Professor of Art, Sculpture Area Coordinator, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo,
Michigan, 1990-present
Professor of Art, Southern University Baton Rouqe, Louisiana, 1974-1990


Service
Committee Service
Graduate Committee
3-D Committee
Sculpture Tour
Education for the Arts (Visual Arts), member
Art History Search Committee, 1994

Collegiate Service
Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee
Medallion Scholarship Committee, member
Dean, College of Fine Arts Search Committee, 1999

Other Service
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Special Sculpture Exhibition for the Year 2000
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, board member
Education for the Arts (Visual Arts)
Recruitment for the College of Fine Arts, Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1999 Recruitment for the College of Fine Arts, Southern University, Baton Rouge, 1999

Research
Honoraria, Grants, Scholarships

Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award to Nigeria, 2016-2017

Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award to Nigeria, 2011-2012
Martin Luther King, Jr./CezarChavez/Rosa Parks Visiting Professorship at Western Michigan University, Fall 1989
Joint Grants, Southern & LSU, State Division of the Arts, National Endowment of the Arts, Fall 1988
Designed Frank Hayden Memorial Medallion, 1988
Contemporary Arts Center -Tenth Anniversary Award, 1987
Research Grant, Exploration and Research in Bronze Fabrication, Southern University, 1984-85
Grant, Louisiana State Division of the Arts, 1983-84

Lectures
The New Orleans School System, Lecture and Slides, March, 2002
Louisiana Public Radio, Lafayette, LA, March, 2002
Muskegon Art Museum, February, 2000
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Winter 1996
Mid-American Conference, Indianapolis, Oct. 1995, panel discussion. "Outdoor Sculpture"
presented slides and lecture. Calvin College, Fall 1995
Direct Encounter with the Arts, Western Michigan University,1995-96
Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, Michigan, Winter 1994
Three Rivers High School students, Fall 1993
Graduate Seminar students, Art 625, Winter 1993

Awards
Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation for
   "Histories in Stone"- Louisiana State Archives. Oct. 2007
Battle Creek Art Center Area Show, award, Summer, 1998
Nova Engineering Company cash award,
All Michigan Show, KrasI Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan, April 1995
Judge's Prize, Black Arts and Cultural Festival Annual Competition, Kalamazoo,
Michigan, Summer 1994
The Midwestern Sculpture Exhibition, merit award

Panels, Juror
Panelist, State of Louisiana's Artist Fellowship Awards, October, 1999
Juror for Installments III, selected temporary site - specific sculptures for Rochester Municipal Park, Rochester, Michigan
The Kalamazoo River Project to select and commission two sculptors to produce two projects for the city park

Public collections
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Battle Creek Art Center, Battle Creek, Michigan
Western Michigan University's Grand Rapids Regional Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan
McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
The Old State Capitol Museum, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Southern University Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Major commissions

" Motherhood" an outdoor sculpture for Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Nigeria.
" The Committee," an outdoor sculpture for Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1999
" Vitality," Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Fall, 1999
The Martin L. King Gateway Project, the fabrication in bronze of three 7' figures
to commemorate Dr. King, Shreveport, Louisiana

6' x 6' bronze panel, St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1995
New Louisiana State Archives Building, "Five Sculptured Panels," 1985-86 Sculpture,
"Red," Southern University at Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1980
Sculpture, "Musicians," State Capitol Gardens, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1979

References
Magazines
New Art Examiner, photo, January, 1993
New Art Examiner, catalog, photo, September, 1992
Louisiana Public Televisions' Monthly Program Magazine, Visions, Subject: Steel Dreams Film, 1985
Sunday Advocates' Supplement, Magazine, Subject: Louisiana State Archives Building Commission, September 22, 1985

Brochures
IrvingS. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Program, "The Committee," photograph
on back cover, April/May,
2000 All Michigan Show, KrasI Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan, April 1995
"Issues in Steel", The Sculpture of Al Lavergne, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1996

Articles
Robin Miller, Sunday Advocate , November 22, 2009
The Basile Weekly, Basile, La., July 30, 2003
Kalamazoo, Gazette, 2001
Ann Price, Sunday Advocate, November 21, 1999
Paul Garrod, The Courier-Leader, Paw Paw, Michigan, 1999
Ben Jones, Encore Magazine, December, 1997
Jae Hyun Seok, Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1996
Amy Sult, Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, Michigan, February 4, 1996
Kalamazoo Gazette, photo, Winter 1993
Gordon Ligocki, The Times, February 24, 1992

Guest Columnist: Why Every City Needs Art, Advocate, April 3,1988
Ann Price, Sunday Advocate, October 6, 1985
Lillian C, King, A Self Guided Tour of Baton Rouge, 1984
Gregory Robert, The Times Picayunne, July 15, 1984
Lerone Bennett, Jr., Ebony, July 1984
Calvin Harlam,The New Orleans Art Review, January-February 1984
DanCollen, Sunday Advocate, Spring 1982
Mitzi Shewmake, WSSU National, Fall 1982
Nicholas R. Spitzer, Artspectrum, September 1982
Roger Green, The Times Picayunne, December 1981
Jean McCullan, State Times, December 1981
Ann Price, Sunday Advocate, February 1981

Media Appearances
Louisiana Public Radio, Lafayette, LA, 2002
Film: Steel Dreams- LPB (Louisiana Public Broadcasting), February 1988
Radio - Arts & Humanities: Art Talk - WJBO/WFMF, October 1987
TV - Morning in Louisiana - Channel 9 - Baton Rouge, October 1987
Channel 9, Morning in Louisiana, WAFB, 1986
AM -1150, Mid-Day, WJBO, 1986
Statewide, Documentary - Steel Dreams, LPB, 1985
AM -1150, Mid-Day, WJBO, 1985
Channel 27, Folks, WLPB, 1983
Channel 2, Tune-In, WBRZ, 1983
Channel 27, Louisiana: The State We're In, WLPB, 1983
Channel 2, 2-Together, WBRZ, 1981

Exhibitions