Southeastern Louisiana University visual arts faculty member C. Roy Blackwood has been appointed interim director of the university’s annual fall Fanfare festival and the downtown Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Blackwood, who lives in Hammond, replaces Kenneth Boulton, who has been appointed interim head of the department of fine and performing arts, university officials said.
Blackwood has been a member of the visual arts faculty for 34 years. He is credited as one of the co-founders of Fanfare, SLU’s fall festival of the arts, humanities and social sciences. He also serves as university liaison to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, university officials said.
“The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is a crown jewel in Southeastern’s community outreach initiatives. As an outgrowth of Fanfare and since its renovation, Columbia has provided a first-class venue for world-class entertainment to Hammond and the entire North Shore area,” Blackwood said. “I am honored to follow Donna Gay Anderson and Dr. Ken Boulton as its director. Please consider this an invitation to join Carolyn (Blackwood) and me by becoming season ticket holders and attending all of Columbia’s performances.”
An accomplished sculptor specializing in metal foundry pieces and an art historian, Blackwood served as head of the then-SLU visual arts department from 1984 to 2001. He was the first recipient of the university’s President’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity presented in 1985, is a former president of the National Council of Art Administrators, and served as executive vice president of the Hammond Cultural Foundation.
In 2004, he was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, an international multi-disciplinary organization based in London. He was also selected director of fellowships and a member of the board of directors for the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in 2007.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays University in 1970 and master of fine arts degree from the University of Colorado in 1972.
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C. Roy Blackwood