Lee Renninger


On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, destroyed my home and studio in Gulfport, Mississippi. Many of my works were lost in the storm, and I spent the following year and a half as an artist-in-residence at various venues throughout the country. Since returning home, the studio has been restored and part of it has been renovated as a living space. Coming back from this disaster will take time. Only a few structures remain in my neighborhood, and much of the coast is like a blank slate. Still, I remain committed to the rebuilding of the area and hope to do what I can toward that end.

The first set of images presented here are of the damage sustained by our property and that of our neighbors. The second set are images of the neighborhood and surrounding area as it is today.

- Lee Renninger

I would like to thank the following arts organizations for the tremendous assistance they gave to me and other artists affected by Katrina. A special thanks goes to Hiram College for providing me and Jeff Schmuki with a place to live and work after the storm. I don't know what we would have done without that help. Again, my thanks goes to all of you.