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Student exhibit to run through May 8

Two graduating seniors are among 10 Dillard students exhibiting original art pieces through May 8 in the Cook Hall art gallery, according to Amy Bryan, assistant professor of visual arts.

Seniors Simmone Tassin of Kenner and Julia Turner of New Orleans are among the featured artists in Dillard’s Annual Student Art Show, which began April 8 with a reception. Tassin is an art major while Turner is a psychology major with an art minor.

Of the other eight, six are juniors, one is a sophomore and one is a freshman. All of the eight are art majors. The juniors are Jer’Lisa Devezin, Damion Hunter and Monica Tyran, all of New Orleans; Erika Gibson of Slidell; Michael Kelley of Atlanta; and Devin Whitlock of Los Angeles.

The sophomore and freshman, respectively, are Shahidah Nicholas and Trynisha Wright, both of New Orleans.

 Nearly 50 pieces are on exhibit, among them five sculptures by Tassin, Kelley and Devezin (who has three).

 “Most of the pieces are untitled, with a few exceptions, such as Tassin’s photographs: “Care,” “Pianist,” “Blades” and “Ink-Stained.” Tassin said her work as a whole had the theme “With These Hands: Women and Their Everyday Crafts.”

Bryan said most of the event was coordinated by the student exhibitors.

“The exhibit was juried by the students,” said Bryan “They chose each other’s pieces.”  

The students organized and sponsored the reception, along with promoting the event on Facebook.


The gallery, located in Room 106 Cook Hall, is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, contact Bryan, 504.816.4203 or [email protected].

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Student exhibit to run through May 8