Southeastern art lecture features Shawn Hall


Friday, October 18, 2019 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – The second lecture in the series “Let’s Talk Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Visual Art + Design and Friends of Sims Library, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Southeastern’s campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
     Professional artist Shawn Hall will speak about her work, including a piece included in the current Contemporary Art Gallery show “Liminal Landscapes.”
     “The natural environment, biology and the fact of our interconnectedness to a world that we don’t fully understand is at the core of my current work,” said Hall. “I locate myself implicitly within the framework of the organism[s] we are a part of.”
     Hall, who has lived in New Orleans since 1997, is an abstract painter who has developed an expanded practice that includes video, installation, environmental research and outreach, said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson.
     “Shawn earned her master of fine arts degree at the Mount Royal School of Maryland Institute College of Art as a Patricia Harris Fellow," Johnson said. "She has a bachelor of fine arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an associate of science degree from Delta College in Michigan. Shawn received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2017 and has been an artist-in-residence at School 33 in Baltimore, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in NYC, 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica, Calif., the Santa Fe Art Institute, and Isadore Newman High School." 
     Hall toured with her collaborative installation/performance “How to Build a Forest” that premiered at the Kitchen in New York City in 2011 and continued with universities and art spaces around the Eastern and Southern U.S. with its last showing at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in 2015.
     Her work has been featured at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Alexandria Museum in Alexandria, La., along with galleries in New York, Dallas, Miami and Nashville. Her work has been reviewed nationally in “Art Papers,” “New Art Examiner,” “Hyperallergic,” “Dialogue” and “Pelican Bomb” and is included in the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum and Linklaters Corporate collection in New York City, as well as numerous private collections in the U.S. and Europe.
     For more information, contact Johnson at 549-3962.

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