Every year the Southeastern Louisiana Contemporary Art Gallery invites two jurors from our artistic community to Southeastern’s campus in order to select from a pool of submissions that reflect exemplary artwork made by students in the Department of Visual Art + Design. This year curator Samantha Best and designer Damien Mitchell selected a variety of artworks by Southeastern students ranging from Graphic Design, Sculpture, Animation, Printmaking, Ceramics and Painting to name a few. We invite visitors to the gallery to see the juror’s final selections. A closing reception will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 where “Best in Show” prizes will be announced.
About the jurors:
Samantha Best is an independent curator and arts worker. She has held curatorial fellowships at The Artist's Institute and Hunter College Art Galleries, both in New York, and ran an online curatorial project, Tête-à-tête (tete-ahh-tete.net). For the last few years she was Exhibition Manager for P.5. Prior to moving to New Orleans in 2019 to join Prospect, she was the Exhibition Production Manager for the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University where she managed the production of solo exhibitions including Rashid Johnson, Martine Syms, Irena Haiduk, Cauleen Smith, and Guadalupe Maravilla, as well as group exhibitions such as Declaration and Great Force. Previously, Best spent six years as Studio Manager for artist Sanford Biggers, overseeing exhibitions at institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, MASSMoCA, and SculptureCenter and was a Graduate Curatorial Intern at the New Museum.
Damien Mitchell is a designer and maker living in Baton Rouge who emphasizes the value of design and craft over the convenience of fast/mass production. Focusing on the production of Soft Goods, Mitchell creates expressive wearable objects. Damien Mitchell earned a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design, his work has been featured at the LSU Museum of Art, and has appeared in publications such as 225 Magazine and the New Orleans Advocate.