Humor plays an important role in my work. I often use it as a device to bring attention to more critical issues. Over the course of my artistic career I have found that creating humorous objects often breaks down barriers and allows for the beginning of an open and genuine dialog between my art, the audience and myself. In this way, humor transforms my personal experience into something universal.

Born 1969
New Orleans, LA

EDUCATION

1996                M.F.A., Photography, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1993                B.F.A., Painting, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

ADDITIONAL STUDY

2000-2001        Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, New York, NY
2000                Gotham Writer’s Workshop, New York, NY
                       The New School, New York, NY
1998                Artist in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017     Sensitivity Training, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2016     pause, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2015     Synthetic Happiness, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
2014     Level, McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
2013     Private Practice, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2012     Upkeep, The Front, New Orleans, LA
2011     General Hospital, The Front, New Orleans, LA
2010     Diffuse, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
            Relocation Beige, The Front, New Orleans, LA
2008     Equipped, Louisiana ArtWorks, New Orleans, LA (in conjunction with Prospect.1)
            Stephanie Patton Recent Work, The Front, New Orleans, LA (in conjunction with Prospect.1)
            Equipped, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA      
2005     Renella Rose Champagne, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA
2004     Sur Mesure, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France
            Custom-built, Architects and Artists Gallery, Lafayette, LA
2003     Renella Rose Champagne, LOVE, Galerie Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
1997     Renella’s Lingerie Showroom, Artist Alliance Gallery, Lafayette, LA

SELECTED 2-PERSON EXHIBITIONS, GROUP EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS

2017     SEAMS, Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, NY (2-person exhibition with Jacinto Moros)
            Fabricated, Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL, Curator – Melanie Johanson
            Art for Art’s Sake: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,
            The Carnegie Art Museum,
            Oxnard, CA, Curator – Billie Milam Weisman
2016     Handle with Care, Gensler Architecture Firm, Houston, TX
2015     Art Miami, Arthur Roger Gallery, The Art Miami Pavilion, Miami, FL
            SCOPE, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, SCOPE Miami Beach Pavilion, Miami, FL
            Seven, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, NY
            Reverb: Past / Present / Future, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA,
            Curator – Isolde Brielmaier
            Sure Shot, MASS Art, Austin, TX
2014     Trivial Pursuits: Obsession's Allure, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA,
            Curators – Brian Guidry, Mary Beyt – Prospect.3 + Lafayette
            Back to The Front, The Front, New Orleans, LA (in conjunction with Prospect.3)
            The Front @ Art Lab, Art Lab AKIBA and Makii Masaru Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan 
            Face Time, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Curators – Brian Guidry, Mary Beyt   
2013     Art for Art's Sake, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
            Are We One? exhibition by The Front Artist Collective, Biggin Gallery,
            Auburn University, Auburn,  AL
            The Front: Union, Justice, Confidence – Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
            1000 Words, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Curators – Brian Guidry, Mary Beyt 
2012    Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children Gallery, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
           Curator – Amy Mackie, Director of Visual Arts with Angela Berry, Visual Arts Coordinator
2011    2011 southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art Exhibition, “Renella Rose Champagne,             Through the Years”, University Galleries, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Boca Raton,
            Florida, Curator – Rod Faulds
2010    currents 2010, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
            (in conjunction with SITE Santa Fe), Jurors – Mariannah Amster and Frank Ragano  
2010    Masur Museum of Art 47th Annual Juried Competition, Monroe, LA, Juror – David Houston
2010    Southern Open 2010, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Juror – Bill Arning
            Moving Vehicles, Centre for the Living Arts, Mobile, AL, Curator – Mia Kaplan
2009    Things Fall Apart, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY, Curator – Joy Garnett
2008    Southern Open 2008, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Juror  – Peter Frank
2005    Artistes a`  la page, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France
           Spirit of Place – Art From Acadiana, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA,
            Curator – David Houston
            Nouveaux Artistes d’Acadiana, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2004     Open for Interpretation, Acadiana Center For The Arts, Lafayette, LA, Curator – David Houston
            Grotto II, Jessica Murray Projects, New York, NY
2003     Fresh Faces, Fresh Spaces, Architects and Artists Gallery, Lafayette, LA
2002     Grotto, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NY
            About Face, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NY
2001     Art in General Third Annual 12 to 12 Film and Video Marathon, Art in General, New York, NY,
            screening, January 13, 2001
2000     The Date With Elvis, (audio installation in elevator), Art in General, New York, NY
            CowParade New York 2000, New York City Public Arts Project, New York, NY
            Good Business is the Best Art, Twenty Years of the Artist in the Marketplace Program,
            The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
1995     Face Forward: Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art, John Micheal Kohler Arts Center,
            Sheboygan, WI
            Tarazona Foto 1995, Tarazona, Spain