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Student sculpture to be featured in LPB art auction

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – A Southeastern Louisiana University visual arts student’s original ceramic sculpture will be featured in the Louisiana Public Broadcast (LPB) 2009 Art and Travel auction, scheduled to be aired June 7 from 6-9 p.m.

     The auction features original works from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas artists as well as travel and art lesson gift certificates. Open bidding is underway on LBP’s website, and patrons can place early bids online or wait until the live June 7 broadcast. All proceeds go toward LPB programming.

     Trent Hebert, a Southeastern junior from Manchac, La, was approached by his high school art teacher and LPB board member Kim Zabbia about donating a piece of art to the auction. Excited to participate, Hebert said the choice of donating his sculpture of a whimsical toy monkey titled “Please Do Not Feed the Monkey” was an easy decision.

     “I always wanted a pet monkey, but I could never realistically own one, so I created one out of clay,” Hebert said. “I try to evoke an innocent and playful world with my artwork, and clay sculptures, like the monkey, allow me to bring fantastical ideas to life. Having the LPB auction my work is a great honor.”

     Zabbia said the auction is a great opportunity for emerging artists because it puts their names out into the community.

     “Trent is wonderfully talented and I’m so happy he is a part of the event this year,” Zabbia said.

     For more information on the Friends of LPB Art and Travel Auction visit

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