& John Antoine Labadie
Margie Beth Labadieís personal, expressive art represents a seamless flow of digital and traditional
techniques that include photography, drawing, and printmaking. She exhibits her artwork, presents
workshops and lectures internationally and nationally on digital fine art, techniques and creativity.
Margie Labadie is currently a President of the arts non-profit organization Jumbo Arts International
based in North Carolina. She is also a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in the
Digital Arts area.
Margieís artwork has been exhibited in over 60 international exhibitions including ones in Australia,
Canada, China, Cuba, England, India, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan,
Dr. John Antoine Labadie has been a faculty member in the Art Department at the University of
North Carolina at Pembroke since 1994, and is the founder of the Digital Arts program there. During
the past fifteen years Dr. Labadieís art works have been exhibited in more than 200 national and
international exhibitions and are held in numerous private and museum collections.
Dr. Labadie studied sculpture and painting at the Dayton Art Institute, earned a bachelorís degree in
painting at University of Dayton (1973) in Dayton, Ohio; a Masterís in perceptual psychology from Wright
State University (1980) in Fairborn, Ohio; and an interdisciplinary Doctorate from the College of Design,
Architecture Art & Planning at the University of Cincinnati (1993) in cincinnati, Ohio USA.
Dr. Labadie has held professional and/or faculty positions with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in
Pittsburgh, PA; Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio; Edison State College in Piqua, Ohio; Urbana
University in Urbana, Ohio; the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio; the University of California San
Diego in San Diego, California; the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas; Boston University in
Boston, Massachusetts; Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina; and the University of
North Carolina Pembroke in Pembroke North Carolina.
**Margie & John collaboratively created an original visual artwork for their flexhibition at The RIA.
Shankar Barua has been many things in life before coming around to his present preoccupations as Managing
Trustee of The AeA, in which role he is also driving The RIA experiment in Guwahati. These include
adventure-travel writer & photographer, asst. editor and designer of magazines, illustrator, publisher,
pack-shot photographer, well-digger & drought-relief worker, book-author, columnist, artist, musician,
tea-taster, corporate consultant, advertising copywriter, public speaker, photography workshop leader,
public relations professional, TV anchorperson, product prototyper, film-maker, and so on, and on.
Whereas he continues to be some of these things still, his primary goals presently have to do with promoting
and empowering creative experimentation & innovation in countries such as India, on the back of the
burgeoning evolution and spread of technology.
**Shankar assembled his 108 images of Ganesa for this flexhibition at The RIA, partly so as to explore
how many images could in fact be deployed in the given circumstance. For the record, 108 was excessive.