A native of New Orleans, Louisiana,
John R. Kemp received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University in New
Orleans, then earned his master's degree from the University of Southern
Mississippi. A former staff writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune,
he has contributed to several publications, including Southern Accents,
Fodor's, Time Out Guides, Louisiana Life, ARTNews,
and Art & Antiques.
Prior to joining the newspaper in
1978, Kemp was chief curator of the Louisiana State Museum's Historical Center
in New Orleans. While there, he wrote and organized several major exhibitions,
including Louisiana from Colony to State: A Bicentennial Exhibition. He
now covers the New Orleans visual arts scene for the local public television
channel's weekly entertainment show Steppin' Out.
Alan Flattmann's French
Quarter Impressions includes a foreword by E. John Bullard, the Montine
McDaniel Freeman Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, as well as more than
120 color images portraying everything from the French Market to St. Louis
Cathedral. The author provides an in-depth look at Alan Flattmann's work,
artistic career, and his interpretation of the world around him through art. It
also includes an introduction describing the French Quarter, from the people and
architecture to the unique mood, as well as an historical essay on the famous
New Orleans neighborhood.
Currently an associate director at
the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Kemp resides in Covington,
Louisiana, with his wife.