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Contemporary Art Gallery showcases student work

Contact: Amanda Barth


(1) Kelly Mueller and Ivana Vasic (2) Student art work in CAG

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(1) BEST IN SHOW – Southeastern Louisiana University art major Ivana Vasic, right, poses with her drawing instructor Kelly Mueller and the self-portraits that earned her the Gail Hood Award for best of show in the Southeastern student art exhibit on display through April 12 at Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium.

(2) STUDENT ART – More than 250 student works are currently on display at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium.


      HAMMOND – The works of Southeastern Louisiana University students will be on display until Thursday, April 13, at the university’s Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium.

      The Department of Visual Arts exhibit showcases 270 works of art from the department’s best students. It represents all of the courses taught in the department including ceramics, digital art, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

      At the show opening, 12 students received awards. Receiving the Gail Hood Award for best of show was Ivana Vasic, who is exhibiting a pair of self-portrait figure drawings. Vasic is an art major from Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro. She created her works in a basic drawing class taught by Department of Visual Arts instructor Kelly Mueller.

      The best of show award has been named in honor of long time faculty member, artist and photographer Gail Hood of Covington, who will retire this year. 

      Other student artists who received awards are Maleya Rousseau, Baton Rouge; Sarah Maricelli, Covington; Benjamin Netterville, Denham Springs; Jamie Burkhalter, Franklinton; Heidi Elbers, Mandeville; Rebecca Robinson, Gonzales; Stella Humphries, Holden; Steven Abadie, Ponchatoula; and Rob Fairburn and Michael Sealy, Tickfaw.

      The juror for the exhibition was Jean Donegan, coordinator of the art department at Nicholls State University.

      Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.  For additional information, contact Dale Newkirk, gallery director, at 985-549-5080.

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