Ken Schwartz knows the power of potential. The Michael Sacks Chair and Dean of the Tulane School of Architecture was reading The Advocate last month when a feature caught his eye — a profile on painter and recent Louisiana State University graduate Brandon Surtain. The story featured several of Surtain’s vibrant works depicting his childhood in New Orleans. Recognizing Surtain’s talent, Schwartz contacted him through the article’s author to discuss an extraordinary opportunity: the chance to study architecture at Tulane.
Before Schwartz contacted him, Surtain was planning to work as a full-time artist for a year. A former defensive back on the Tigers football team, Surtain earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art in May.
“His paintings are architectural,” said Schwartz. “I read the article and saw that Brandon was clearly interested in studying fine art at the graduate level. I said, ‘Well, why don’t you think about architecture first?’ ” .... Full Article HERE