SHREVEPORT, LA. — Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin invites the public to attend the opening of “A Collection of Creations,” by artist Stephen D. Porter, which includes large-scale murals, paintings and 3D creations. The exhibit will be on display Sept. 7-29 in the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum’s West Wing Gallery. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 4:30-7 p.m. The reception is open to the public, and the Friends of LSEM will provide light refreshments.
The exhibit includes birds, doorways, windows, stairs, animals, clowns and faces interpreted through his thoughts and life experiences. Porter has a passion to create. He chooses large-scale 2D works along with a collection of 3D sculptures and masks to illustrate his imagination.
“My thoughts, my experiences, each stroke of my brush is influenced by my life and what I have seen or thought I saw, what I heard or thought I heard,” Porter said.
Porter is a 1973 graduate of C.E. Byrd High School and attended Louisiana Tech, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. Following graduation, he taught art in public schools for nearly 25 years in Caddo and Bossier parishes. He retired in 2020 as an Instructor for the Bossier Talented Arts Program. He is well known in Shreveport for his murals at ArtBreak and for the community mural on Texas Avenue. Porter’s artwork is included in private collections all over the world, including France and Spain.
According to Porter, “I stayed in Shreveport because of family and work. I continue to create my art here and encourage others to do so as well. There is an incredible amount of talent in this area, and I feel it is very important to promote that talent.”
The museum is located at 3015 Greenwood Road, Shreveport, La. 71109, between Hearne and Jewella Avenues. Admission is free and tours are available by appointment. For more information about the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, go to www.laexhibitmuseum.org or call 318.632.2020. For the Secretary of State’s Museums Program, please visit http://www.sos.la.gov/museums Museum staff invite local residents and visitors to view the exhibit during regular museum hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.