Southeastern's Art Gallery features work by Burns, Collier

Monday, October 3, 2016Photos by Aaron Collier
by: Rene Abadie

NEW ARTWORK ON EXHIBIT - “New Artwork from the SLU Fine Art Collection” will be on display at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Contemporary Art Gallery beginning Oct. 13. The exhibit is part of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual October arts festival. Included in the exhibit are paintings by Aaron Collier.

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery will host exhibits featuring paintings by Aaron Collier, sculpture installations by Samantha Burns, and video by Silas Munro Oct. 13 – Nov. 10.
    The exhibits are part of the university’s Fanfare fall festival of the arts. The gallery, located in East Stadium, will host an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.
    The gallery is 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.
    Collier is a visual artist working and living in New Orleans. He earned his masters of fine arts degree from Tulane University and is currently teaching drawing and painting there as an assistant professor.  
    “Collier’s mixed media paintings incorporate figurative and abstract gestures that occupy a shallow pictorial space,” said Gallery Director Dale Newkirk.  
    Burns is an artist working in several different media, exploring nature, change, and language in her sculpture installations.  After receiving her bachelors of fine arts with a concentration in painting and photography from the University of Tampa, she earned her masters degree at Florida State University.
    Munro’s work engages multi-modal practices to effect positive change on society as a whole by inspiring people to be the best versions of themselves, Newkirk said.  As an extension of his graphic design work, he will exhibit experimental video with design, color, light, and pattern in the new media galley. Munro received a bachelors of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design and a masters of fine arts degree from California Institute of the Arts.
    For more information, contact the gallery at 985-549-5080.

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