Julie Heffernan, Camp Bedlam, 2016, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery.
Contemporary artist Julie Heffernan’s recent paintings explore imaginative scenarios and alternative habitats as her personal response to the threat of environmental disasters. Intricately wrought, her monumental canvases evoke the fantastical allegories of Hieronymus Bosch and the sublime vistas of Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt. A former professor of painting at Penn State, Heffernan spells out the dilemma of climate change, but also begins the conversation about how we might adapt to vastly different climatic conditions. Organized by the LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts.