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Annual Faculty Exhibition curated by NOLA Artistic Director Leslie-Claire Spillman – The Lion’s Roar

Abigail Fischer

Graphic design professor Luisa Hernandez in front of her work for the faculty art exhibit. This exhibition will end on September 29.

Each year, the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of the faculty. This year’s event is titled out in. The event gives art + design teachers a chance to showcase their work to the community and students.

The exhibition opened on Thursday September 1st with a range of artistic themes to enjoy. In previous years, faculty members selected the pieces for the event, but this year Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery director and professor Cristina Molina brought in art curator and gallerist Leslie- Claire Spillman.

Spillman helped the professors choose their pieces and then installed them in the gallery as one effortlessly cohesive exhibit. His expert eye made the exhibition feel like a cohesive event, while allowing each piece to command individual attention.

“Christina asked me, she was looking for a way to amplify the exposure. It’s a lot more fun having someone engage you in a conversation about what you’re working on and trying to find common ground in the work. That’s what I did,” Spillman said.

The gallery has featured many art + design teachers and their talent. From oil paintings by Tom Walton, Eric Huckabee and Mitchell Long to interactive installation by Venessa Centeno kiss. Students and faculty were guided through the space by unique pieces that used multiple media and themes ranging from landscapes to dreamscapes.

Visual Arts + Design Undergraduate Coordinator and Instructor Ben Diller was inspired by the imagery of walking his dog and the transition from isolation to society.

“I hope the audience will connect with the imagery and get a sense of experiential nature, the passage of time, and the environment,” Diller said.

The event offered hors d’oeuvres and drinks to the guests. Many featured artists were also in the gallery; this gave students and attendees the opportunity to ask questions about the creative process as well as connect with their faculty.

The exhibit is open to all students and the community. Everyone is encouraged to come and discover his work before the exhibition closes on September 29th. The Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery is located adjacent to Clark Hall. For gallery hours and more information, visit and their Instagram @slu_contemporary.