300 for 300 + Portraits from Week 36

We’re excited to share with you the thirty-sixth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Mary Rowe, Ruth Benerito, Greg Rusovich, Matt Schwartz, Peggy Scott Laborde, and Sean Payton.

Mary Rowe, by Maddie Stratton

Mary Rowe, by Maddie Stratton

“When all the pundits and all the experts were saying we couldn’t rebuild New Orleans, the people said, ‘Excuse me — oh, yes, we are. This is where I am from and this is where I am going to stay.’ Urban resilience starts at the most personal level, the places where people live.” — Mary Rowe, at the 2014 International Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin (excerpt from Nola.com) 

Discover more about Maddie Stratton and her creative process here 
Read the full story about Mary Rowe on Nola.com

Ruth Benerito, by Connie Kittok

Ruth Benerito, by Connie Kittok

“As unusual as it was for a woman of her time to earn a Ph.D. in the hard sciences, it was rarer still for one to go into textile science, then a world of clangorous mills and swaggering men. She more than held her own.” — The New York Times, in its 2013 obituary for Ruth Benerito (excerpt from Nola.com) 

Discover more about Connie Kittok and her creative process here 
Read the full story about Ruth Benerito on Nola.com 

Greg Rusovich, by Jeff Morgan

Greg Rusovich, by Jeff Morgan

“After Katrina, I had a choice to put up or shut up. (New Orleans) was either going to live or die, and I chose to do my part in helping the community that I love rebuild and reform.” — Greg Rusovich, in a 2012 St. Charles Avenue Magazine interview (excerpt from Nola.com) 

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Read the full story about Greg Rusovich on Nola.com

Matt Schwartz, by Alexandra Kilburn

Matt Schwartz, by Alexandra Kilburn

“There are far easier ways to make money in real estate than to do what we do. If we wanted to crank out 10 garden-style apartment projects a year, that would be easy to do, but it would be boring.” — Matt Schwartz, in a 2017 interview with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com) 

Discover more about Alexandra Kilburn and her creative process here 
Read the full story about Matt Schwartz on Nola.com

Peggy Scott Laborde, by Saegan Swanson

Peggy Scott Laborde, by Saegan Swanson

“Documenting the Crescent City is Laborde’s passion, her pleasure, her life’s work. Seeking out familiar faces and just-folks with stories to tell and unearthing vintage photographs and surprising snippets of history-on-film have become her stock-in-trade. The … video collage style not only conjures up what was but illuminates it as well.” — David Cuthbert, writing about Peggy Scott Laborde’s work, in The Times-Picayune on Nov. 7, 1999  (excerpt from Nola.com) 

Discover more about Saegan Swanson and her creative process here 
Read the full story about Peggy Scott Laborde on Nola.com 

Sean Payton, by Queen Hope Parker

Sean Payton, by Queen Hope Parker

“There’s something about this city, and you hear that initially. And, look, there was a lot back then that was uniquely different because of post-Katrina, but there is something unique and different. Here I am, and nothing’s changing. I plan on finishing my career here.” — Sean Payton, in a press conference after the 2015 season (excerpt from Nola.com) 

Discover more about Queen Hope Parker and her creative process here 
Read the full story about Sean Payton on Nola.com 

Where Y’Art is the proud partner of Nola Media Group, the producers of Nola.com / The Times-Picayune for its 300 for 300 project, marking the tricentennial of New Orleans, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans.