New master artists to exhibit at Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery

Thursday, September 24, 2015
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Cutting-edge contemporary artwork from 11 “fresh” artists will be on display from Oct. 15 through Nov. 13 at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Contemporary Art Gallery.
     The gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.  It will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.
     The exhibit, “Fresh: New Master Artists Part 1,” will present collections from the artists,  who represent a wide variety of media, including sculpture, video, photography, installation art, painting, and glass and recently completed their Masters of Fine Arts degrees from some of the top graduate programs in visual arts across the country.
    Gallery Director Dale Newkirk said the goal of this exhibit is to “expose students and the public to young, upcoming contemporary artists of this generation.”
     Featured artists include:
     •    Patch Somerville, MFA, Tulane University, is a representational painter who uses nontraditional still life positions.
     •    Jeffrey Stenborn, MFA, Tulane University, sculptures glass with organic shape in glass.
     •    Naama Hadany, MFA, Art Institute of Chicago, is a sculpture installation artist using unusual media and nontraditional materials.
     •    Jeffrey Prokash, MFA, Art Institute of Chicago, is a multimedia installation artist who adapts to a space.
     •    Kyle Conor Nilan, MFA, Art Institute of Chicago, is an installation artist in sculptures and creates conceptual pieces.
     •    Matthew Yaeger, MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, combines sculpture and art as a nonrepresentational painter.
     •    Rebecca Ott, MFA, Temple School of Art, uses woven and textile materials as abstractions parading as paintings.
     •    Jessica Machacek, MFA, Lamar Dodd School of Art, The University of Georgia, Athens, combines photographic images with paintings.
     •    Zac Weinberg, MFA, The Ohio State University, an installation artist specializing in glass and mixed media pieces.
     •    Roberto Celis, MFA, University of Texas, San Antonio, modifies found objects in sculpture.
     •    Stoney Sasser, Illinois State University, Normal, is an installation artist who also works in video using organic materials to transform space into a humorous artwork.
     For more information, contact the gallery at 985-549-5080.

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