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Contemporary Art Gallery kicks off spring 2007 exhibits

Contact: Constance Woods


(1)  Judy Rushin: Pink Playground(2) Nancy McCallum

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(1) FACULTY EXHIBIT OPENS SPRING GALLERY SEASON – An exhibition by members of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Visual Arts Department faculty on display at the Contemporary Art Gallery through Feb. 18 will include works by new faculty members such as Judy Rushin’s “Pink Playground” and Jeff Mickey’s “Bedroom Community.” The gallery is located in East Stadium.


(2) UPCOMING ART – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Contemporary Art Gallery in March will host an exhibit, “The Iconographic Image: The Paintings of Nancy McCallum.” The exhibit will run March 1-30.


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s spring 2007 gallery season opens with an exhibit of artwork by 19 members of the Department of Visual Arts faculty.

     The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 18 in the Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium, said Gallery Director Dale Newkirk.

     The faculty exhibit will include ceramic work by Department Head Dennis Sipiroski, wall mounted sculpture by Newkirk, photograph taken in India by John Valentino, paintings by Michelle Dussault, new sculpture by Gary Keown, and book art by Sue O’Donnell. Gallery patrons will also get a chance to see the work of new faculty members Eric Sung, Judy Rushin, Jeff Mickey and Ernest Milsted.

     Also in the Contemporary Art Gallery, will be ceramic sculptures by Bill Griffith, assistant director of the Arrowmount School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Griffth’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and has been featured in “Ceramics Monthly” and “American Crafts” magazines.

     Works by Southeastern graphic design students are being featured at Sims Memorial Library through Jan. 28. The library will also host shows by Southeastern Visual Arts Society members in February and art by Southeastern Laboratory School students, March 6-April 6.

     Coming to the Contemporary Art Gallery in March will be  “The Iconographic Image: The Paintings of Nancy McCallum”; “I Got Here First: The Video, Performance Work of Lilly McElroy”; and “Ancient Rhythms,” video art by Lane Last. McElroy will also present at guest lecture March 1 at 2 p.m. prior to her 5:30 p.m. performance in the gallery.

     The gallery also plans to feature a juried show of works by Department of Visual Arts students, April 17-26, and the Department of Visual Arts Senior Exhibition, May 3-22.

     The Contemporary Art Gallery is open weekdays 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesdays until 8 p.m.

     For more information regarding spring exhibits, contact Newkirk at 985-549-5080 or the Visual Arts Department at 985-549-2193.

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