Southeastern Art Gallery announces fall schedule
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Contemporary Art Gallery will hold a series of exhibitions and a workshop this semester at the gallery located in East Strawberry Stadium.
Curator Dale Newkirk announced the first exhibition – featuring artists Victor Vasquez, Luis Cruz Azaceta and Burt Barr – will start Sept. 8 with an opening reception at 5 p.m. and run through Sept. 30.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Vazquez has traveled to India, China and Japan to study art, literature and the cultural history of these regions. He attended the School of Visual Arts and the Maine Photographic Workshop. His art has been exhibited around the world.
Azaceta uses his artwork as a tool for the examination of the human condition within society. His work explores a broad range of socio-political issues wherein he includes himself as a central character, a unique depiction in the genre. He currently resides in New Orleans and works with a variety of art styles, from photography to sculptures.
Barr is a video and multi-media artist based in New York who uses black and white static shots designed to be projected directly onto a wall and looped for continual viewing. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Also on tap is “Ink & Needles: the National Tattoo Exhibition,” featuring art work submitted by tattoo artists from around the country. Curated by Newkirk, the exhibit will be displayed in the gallery Oct. 13 through Nov. 11. Newkirk said opening night will include a panel discussion featuring several tattoo artists discussing their work in the exhibition.
“It’s taken a lot of research and time, but we will be showing artists from all over the country,” said Newkirk who last year organized the first National Cell Phone Photography Exhibition. “Donn Davis from Tatoo-AGoGo in New Orleans has been serving as technical advisor for the show, and he will be moderating the discussion for the artists.”
Concurrently, the gallery will present an exhibition of work by Southeastern alumnus Justin Barfield, whose work consists of a wide variety of printmaking pieces. Barfield is a graduate student at Notre Dame studying printmaking.
From Oct. 24-28, a printmaking workshop will be offered by Xenia Fedorchenko, Russian-born artist who currently teaches printmaking, drawing and color theory at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Her work is in the permanent collections of several museums, as well as university, corporate and private collections throughout the country. The workshop is open to the public. Reservations to participate can be made by calling 985-549-5080.
The semester will conclude with the 2011 Senior Exhibition Nov. 22 through Dec. 10, which will feature various works and styles of art contributed by senior students in Southeastern’s visual arts program.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information, contact the visual arts program at 985-549-2193 or Newkirk at 985-549-5080.